Mohs Nose Woes

Yesterday I had another dermatology appointment about my nose, where a patch of skin cancer was removed over two years ago.  My doctor has been trying to erase all evidence of my surgery – at no cost – ever since.  Yesterday he brought up two final options: another surgery, or microdermabrasion.  Neither come with a guarantee, and both come with risk of actually making things … Continue reading Mohs Nose Woes

Pure Magic

This year the kids received invitations to Hogwarts in their Easter baskets.  Visiting a theme park has never topped our list of dream vacations, but our little Harry Potter maniacs made us rethink our priorities.  At ages 13 and 11, the kids are the perfect mix of old enough, young enough, and tall enough. They’ve been feverishly re-reading the series all year.  They pass time … Continue reading Pure Magic

We Have a Teenager in the House!

Sam is so many things:  middle schooler, soccer fanatic, Harry Potter aficionado, and aspiring YouTuber.  And now we add teenager to that list. I refuse to let this freak me out.  I’ve worked with teens long enough to know that they don’t all turn into eye rolling, surly beasts who despise their parents.  I’ve also been a parent long enough to know that sometimes he’s … Continue reading We Have a Teenager in the House!

Golden Girl

Maggie’s tenth year was mighty special.  She learned to ride a horse, blossomed as a soccer goalie, landed her first sockeye salmon, planted a bountiful garden, and mastered Nestle’s chocolate chip cookie recipe.  She snorkeled and skied, hiked and hunted.  She devoured several book series:  Pegasus, Hunger Games, and Harry Potter (again) were the favorites.  Her top TV shows were Supergirl and Little House on the Prairie – … Continue reading Golden Girl

Defining Great: 1.0

That slogan:  Make America Great Again We’ve seen it on everything from bumper stickers to baseball caps.  On podiums and podcasts.  But have we ever come to a consensus about what makes a “great” nation? Maybe Monaco is great.  They have the longest life expectancy of any nation in the world.  Denmark was named the happiest country in the world, so that’s pretty great too.  Finland’s exemplary … Continue reading Defining Great: 1.0

Tree Day 2016

No matter how busy life gets, our family will always make time for our annual Christmas tree excursion.  This December’s weekend commitments included soccer games, horse chores, birthday parties, book club, gobs of homework, a band concert, and a debate tournament.  No matter.  We blocked out one lone Sunday on the calendar and headed to the woods. Good choice. Sunrise isn’t until 10 AM this time … Continue reading Tree Day 2016

Alpha, Bravo, Echo, Foxtrot

We are shockingly ahead of the game this holiday season.  It’s not even December yet, and there’s already a stash of wrapped Christmas gifts hidden in our spare bedroom. Time will tell if we finished our shopping too soon.  Mathematically, my concern looks something like this: (Average Age of Children x Number of Children) + Days Until Christmas = Odds That Gifts will be Discovered and … Continue reading Alpha, Bravo, Echo, Foxtrot