• Pregnancy through the eyes of my daughters

    The most distinct difference of this pregnancy has been my two daughters bearing witness to every single thing. For better or worse. Five and six year olds are curious people, man.…

  • Trader Joe’s Staples: Frozen Food

    My relationship with Trader Joe’s has evolved over the years. It used to be my one-stop-shop, the neighborhood store I frequented a few times a week. My kids were small at…

  • Spectacle or Miracle?

    “Spectacle or miracle?” That’s the question I find myself asking more and more these days. I’m in my last month of pregnancy and my thoughts shift between, “My body is amazing”…

  • How we relate is who we are

    I’ve heard it said, “How we relate to the world around us – to the people around us – is who we are.” That may sound simple, overly simplistic perhaps, but…

  • We nailed summer

    If Endless Summer ever runs for office, she’ll get my vote. But, as much as I love the spontaneous days of summer, there is something refreshing about the whole back-to-school situation. It’s…

  • Recent Reads

    Let’s start here. The most important stuff I’ve learned I think I’ve learned from novels. It has to do with empathy. It has to do with being comfortable with the notion…

  • Liberate the Summer Vibe

    According to some, summer was over before it even started. Back in May, I got an email from our elementary school announcing that the deadline to order school supplies for the…

  • Hello, Cold Peanut Noodle Salad

    Mr. Weatherman has thoroughly freaked me out with 108 degree predictions for today. Luckily we’ve already got plans to ditch our furnace (i.e. AC-less house) and head for a coastal breeze.…

  • Portland Places: Kruger’s Farm Concerts

    Isaac and I spent a magical week on the coast of France one summer. If we hadn’t had jobs to return to, we would have stayed, learned French and lived on…

  • Hello, Bike Tabata

    Like the treadmill, the stationary bike can be a butt kicker. It’s currently my go-to machine to get my heart pumping and sweat dripping. Whether I’m busting things up at BurnCycle, joining…