The kitchen in the center of this old house

I’m still unpacking in this new-to-me-hundred-year-old house in the redwoods.  Every now and then I climb onto a stool in the very large kitchen, stir some cream into my coffee, and count my blessings.  I’ve had galley kitchens, Pullman kitchens and whatever other glorified descriptions we use for “too small.”  One of my favorite memories is of my  first kitchen as a family lady.  It was a big, square room in a very small house.    ...more

Does Everybody Really Hate Mommy?

Lynn Harris of Salon lit up the blogosphere last week with her article "Everybody Hates Mommy." In it, she writes particularly of white, urban, upper-class mommies and the unique venom they engender in the childless, a venom she attributes to the feminine, to the mommy: But I still say that when it comes to mother bashing, there's more going on. Something deeper, more venomous, even more timeless. The level of vitriol is so high, its target so clear and consistent. Does everyone really hate women? Does everyone really hate mommy?...more

I don't think this debate is really about the kids, bless them. It's about mothers and our ...more

Over The Meadow And Through The Woods

In this story I am the grandmother and it’s my house that’s in the woods.  But that wasn’t where I headed for Thanksgiving.  I drove away from my northern California redwood forest, as I often do, to spend Thanksgiving in the city with my daughter and granddaughter.   ...more

Fabulous, Unforgettable, Freaking Awesome: Mr. Fox Truly is Fantastic for All Ages

I'll admit that while I was completely excited to squeeze in the packed theater with viewers of all ages waiting for Fantastic Mr. Fox to begin, a tiny worry was playing on the tip of my popcorn-reaching fingers. ...more

I thought I didn't like talking animals until we watched Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (or ...more

The Princess And The Frog: A New Twist On An Old Story

My family went to see a screening of The Princess and the Frog tonight. To my pleasant surprise, each one of us enjoyed the film immensely. I wasn’t surprised that I would love the movie. Rather, I wasn’t sure if my husband and two sons would like it. The results:...more

Riverwalk Recap!

Thanks to everyone that went and helped make this year's Annual Riverwalk & Boat Parade a success!...more

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 What do a musician mom, Madonna, and Tibetan monks have in common?Self-destruction....more

Downtown Charlie Brown

Just a few family friendly things I love about Burlington, Vermont: ...more

I went to the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center a few years ago. My friends have a ...more

Sometimes It's Good That Old Boyfriends Fade Away

elizabeth: When the East Village was my home, I lived with a boyfriend who was so handsome and sultry eyed sexy. Man, I just liked looking at him. And I know he liked looking at himself also. If I was him, I would have been doing the same damn thing. We lived on St. Mark’s Place and whenever we walked to the West Village men’s eyes would be undressing and bedding him down. That cracked me up something fierce. Because it could be -37 degrees and he would be breaking out in a sweat because the young (and old) gay men thought he was hot.  I had very good taste....more