Posts Tagged ‘Little House’

All this past weekend I couldn’t stop thinking about schedules.  The word schedule comes from the Latin schedula or “slip of paper,” a diminutive of scheda, from the Greek skhedē, meaning “papyrus leaf.”  I like that its origins have to do with plants and paper — and writing.

If you read my last post (Take your twins to work — every day) you know that I’ve been struggling with balancing writing and twin-care.  The twins are on a pretty set schedule — wake up, bottle, play, nap, breakfast, play, walk, lunch, nap, play, dinner, walk, play, bottle, bed.  Could I sum up my day in the same simple way? (more…)


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In the middle of spring cleaning, packing for our upcoming move and my husband having two wisdom teeth pulled (surprise!), I snatched a couple of hours to have tea with a friend.  She’s recently moved from Brooklyn to a little cabin in the Virginia woods and was thinking about starting a blog about it.  But she’s a very thoughtful writer and wanted her blog to be, well, honest.

She had read a lot of “life-envy” blogs (I think that was her term for them) and didn’t want to fall into the trap of posting beautifully crafted images of her cabin life while, say, spiraling off into unhappiness or sneaking off to a wireless hotspot in the nearest town so she could watch Game of Thrones on her iPhone because she can’t freaking stand the silence of the woods.  (All these examples are my own invention, by the way — she’s not unhappy or — as far as I know — addicted to Sean Bean.)

(Just a little reminder that before there was Ned Stark there was Richard Sharpe to take you over the hills and far away …)

The next day the Sunday New York Times landed with a thump outside our door and provided my husband some distraction as he was eating pudding and lounging on pain-killers.  When I finally got my hands on the magazine, I discovered this article: (more…)

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