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I’ve been off the grid for a while, first because I was on retreat in the North Carolina mountains and then because I was trying to retreat from the virus the twins picked up while I was away.  But I’d rather think about the green spring mountains than green stuffed noses.

desk in the mountains

I set up a little table by my window so I could write while looking out.  I had planned (more…)


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Today, for the first time in a long time, I have the house to myself.  The twins are off with their father, visiting their grandparents and running around their yard, picking daffodils and petting the pink lawn flamingos that are just the right height.  I am at my desk wondering what to do next.  I skipped my morning shower (I can take it this afternoon without being ambushed by an impromptu anatomy lesson), I drank my first pot of tea, I ate gingersnaps for breakfast and a plate of buttery fried potatoes for lunch.  I finished my book review for the upcoming inaugural print issue of Equals.  I read some of Andrew McCarthy’s book The Longest Way Home.

Wild times.

I cooked on one of the front burners and no one reached for the flames.  I got something out of the hall closet and left the door open but (more…)

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Downton Abbey season 3 cast

Downton Abbey Season 3 cast. From downtonline.com

Tonight is the season finale of Downton Abbey.  A lot has happened in this third season, but I’m not going to write about it.  (No spoilers here!)  Instead I’m thinking about how watching Downton Abbey has — subtly — changed my life.


Last year I wrote (in I [heart] Downton Abbey) that

For the first few months of the twins’ first year I felt like I was living in another century.  Not much happened (other than eating and sleeping and diaper-changing).  I didn’t get out much.  I didn’t read much.  I didn’t see many movies (on Netflix) or even watch much TV.  And when I did read or watch something, it felt like I had many days to mull it over while I rocked a baby or jiggled a bouncy seat.  It reminded me of drawing room life — especially for a woman: lots of sitting around and processing the few things that actually happened.


This drawing-room mood was helped by … Downton Abbey.

Now the twins are almost two, and I find it hard to remember what that “drawing-room mood” felt like!  But I do remember, when they were infants, how (more…)

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Last night I went to a class on Celtic spirituality that focused on the seasons.  We were given this infographic to show how the Celtic holidays line up with Christian ones, as well as natural markers of the meteorological seasons.

I love how each season has a suggested attitude to go with it.  Now is a time of Receptivity and Gathering; soon it will be time for Budding and Flowering.  But not yet, not yet.  The last thing I want to do is rush the seasons (they way commerce does, with Easter candies already edging out the Valentine’s displays).

Seasons of the Celtic Year

From the Perpetual Celtic Calendar found here: http://www.matyiart.com/gallery.php.

We were then asked (more…)

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fallow field

There is great value in lying fallow.

In a few days it will be the New Year, and I, too, will be thinking about fresh starts and better ways of living and making resolutions to do just that.

But in this lull between the holidays I’m lying fallow.  I’m (more…)

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About the only good thing that happened to me during the two weeks that I was sick was that I got my review copy of Stealing Time, a new literary magazine for parents.

The first issue of Stealing Time: Genesis.

I had thought – for the first half of the first sore-throat day – that being sick would turn out to be a good thing.  I could lie around and rest, lie around and drink tea, lie around and read … but the only thing I wound up doing was lie around feeling miserable.  And run around taking care of the twins while feeling miserable.  And sit up at night not sleeping because of my stuffy head and feeling miserable.  Until Stealing Time came.

I was just barely starting to feel better, just starting to need something else in my brain aside from cough medicine dosages and chicken soup recipes and the twins’ usual schedule of meal, nap, bath and bed times.  Stealing Time was perfect.  The essays, stories and poems were long enough to really get at something, but short enough to be ingested by a mother – sick or not – who is always trying to steal time to read or write.

Stealing time to read this magazine is well worth any consequence; most likely you will be inspired to steal more.

My favorite piece in this inaugural issue was (more…)

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Since it’s still autumn, it’s OK that I’m still talking about “autumn plans,” right?

I mean, there’s never a final way of living.  You never get it all figured out.  You’re always revising and tinkering.  At least I am …

I’ve been beaten up by this head cold for so long I’m sick of being sick.  I feel a bit better now (even if I can’t quite kick this tickly cough) and I’m desperate to get back into some kind of productive schedule.  The twins dominate most of my day, but if my twinwatch is eight hours long, and I sleep for eight hours, WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER EIGHT??

Even if (more…)

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