Where’d you go, Bernadette? To the top of my summer reading list, that's where.

Where’d you go, Bernadette? <small class="subtitle">To the top of my summer reading list, that’s where.</small> thumbnail

I have so much to tell you about our move to Camas:  our new house (love), new neighborhood (love), new town (love) and all the new people we've met (lovelovelove).  But before I get into all of that, I cannot [...]

Bella Voce with Tracy Kidder. Fabulous and awkward. As usual.

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Tracy Kidder--ever heard of him?  I bet you have, seeing as he's written, among other things: about a man who escapes civil war and genocide in Brundi, arrives in America with $200, and eventually graduates from Columbia Medical school; and about [...]

Five ways to leave town with a touch of Class. hint: duct tape is involved

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It's no secret that at our house, we struggle with Life.  Adulthood often confuses us, and things that go smoothly for other first-world families are constantly beating us into a messy---and generally expensive---pulp. I sometimes imagine how dignified our life in [...]

Oh Mean Moms, do shut up.

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If I read one more article, column, or blog post written by a "Mean Mom and Proud of It," I may just get a little mean myself.  I've tried to ignore this ridiculous new badge of honor that's been flashing [...]

My small life is all packed up.

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I turned seven the week after my family moved from Caldwell, Idaho to Kennewick, Washington.  Mom, steering a Buick loaded with toys, clothes and kids, followed Dad as he drove the U-haul across three hundred desert miles that seemed a thousand exotic ones to my dreamy-eyed self.  Our destination met, [...]