Category Archives: blogging

The last month, in observations and quotes

It’s been an eventful month.  I’ll write more about what happened, but March was full. Grace, Whit, and I went to Rome (see above), Grace and Whit both decided to leave their current school for new frontiers, Matt settled into his new professional situation, I did some writing, I did some reading. I thought about […]

Some thoughts on next steps

Thank you, thank you, a million times thank you for all the thoughtful responses I received to last week’s post about feeling lost.  I can’t tell you how much every single message meant to me. It’s gratifying, of course, to know that my words touch people, even a few. While I feel heartened and touched […]


The sky is full of glories these days. Hi everyone.  It’s Sunday morning, and I woke up to a glorious sunrise which turned the white shades on that side of the house pink. One of my regrets about our house is that I don’t have a good angle to photograph the sunrise.  My instagram feed […]

2016 in review: October, November, December

One random October Sunday, on the steps of the McKim, Mead & White Boston Public Library I wrote about the gifts strangely, beautifully, painfully wrapped, that Matt’s injury held. The word I chose for 2016 feels ironic or almost comical, sometimes.  Maybe it’s time to rethink what “ease” means to me? Grace turned fourteen. In […]

2016 in review: July, August, September

Sunset on July 4, 2016 We celebrated the Fourth of July with my sister and her family, as has become tradition. I took the month of August off from blogging. I reflected on the summer that was.  Spoiler: it ended with a big accident. Matt and I marked our 16th anniversary.  It was a bit […]

2016 in review: April, May, June

Mother’s Day, May 2016 I wrote about one of my central struggles, as I parent children in the tween and teen years: walking the line between honoring their feelings and dismissing their concerns. Yet again, a topic I keep returning to: the Myers-Briggs, and my own type (INFJ). I read and wrote about Catastrophic Happiness, […]

2016 in review: January, February, March

dawn, Harvard Square, January 3, 2016 I picked a word of the year: ease. I also admitted to having a problem with the concept. Whit turned eleven. I read and wrote about Shonda Rimes’ Year of Yes, Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air, and Aidan Donnelley Rowley’s The Ramblers, I wrote about “contradiction as an […]

10 years

My first post here was on 9/15/06.  That is ten years ago last week.  The picture above was taken a couple of weeks before my first blog post. Ten years ago. It feels like yesterday and a lifetime ago that I thought, hmm, let’s try this.  Like all anniversaries, this one is an opportunity for […]

August break

Photo by Grace, the weekend before camp.  We are standing in front of the tender in which we left our wedding (photo here), many, many years ago. For the I’ve-lost-track-of-how-many year in a row I’m going to take August off.  I plan to spend the next month living this vast design a little more than […]

Happier Hour

Many years ago, my friend Aidan Donnelley Rowley mentioned that she had an idea.  It was to start a salon series of sorts, focused on bringing together smart, thoughtful women and featuring and supporting writers.  I loved the idea, and I still do.  Her Happier Hours have become a phenomenon, and I’ve been fortunate to […]