Spring on my mind

Spring on my mind

After the longest winter I’ve experienced since moving to Connecticut three years ago, we finally got our spring. My garden has exploded with flowers, and yes, weeds. I’ve been thinking a lot about the weeds that dot my lawn. We just moved into this house...
Pink Dogwood

Pink Dogwood

There is a pink dogwood tree in my back yard. This is the first spring I’ve seen it bloom and it has been lovely. Even in the rain the pink petals flare like ballerinas pirouetting. Everything else in southern Connecticut is getting greener by the day. I have to...
New firsts

New firsts

Since I have two small children, I find myself documenting their firsts a lot. First steps, first words, first haircut. After those initial milestones, there are different firsts to look forward to. First day of school. First night away from home. First (gasp!) date....
United by coffee

United by coffee

I don’t drink coffee. I’ve never been able to tolerate the jitters even a mild jolt of caffeine gives me, but I love the smell of coffee and the rituals associated with it. That’s probably why most of characters are dependent on the stuff. My desire...
Spring forward

Spring forward

I’m learning that spring in Connecticut is an inconstant thing, prone to mood swings and impossible to predict. Sort of like some annoying romance heroines, to tell the truth. The warmer than average winter we had was a nice way to ease into East Coast life, but...
How to make a vision board

How to make a vision board

Every year around the start of the new year, in lieu of a list of resolutions, I make a vision board instead. A vision board is a collage of pictures and words cut out of magazines or other printed materials and glued together on a big piece of paper or cardboard. I...