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

Gratitude Challenge: Intermission

I’m late posting my fourth gratitude. The shame!!  The guilt! First it was because the History Channel aired a two hour documentary about marijuana legalization, which is a topic on Alaska’s ballot next month.  Clark and I carved out some time to watch it and have a grown up conversation (imagine that).  It didn’t leave much time for publishable blogging. The next night was due … Continue reading Gratitude Challenge: Intermission

Christmas Hangover

Of all the Christmas books and stories and legends, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is my absolute favorite.  It’s a joy to read aloud, with its brilliant combination of silly Suessical lyrics and a serious sentiment that is impossible to miss: Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!  “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.  Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means … Continue reading Christmas Hangover

Bunnies and Pachyderms

On Sunday Clark decided to take the kids hunting. A light dusting of snow had fallen the day before, so apparently the conditions were ripe for tracking without trudging. Clark has been dreaming about this day since the kids were conceived (probably longer) just as much as I’ve been dreading it. Don’t get me wrong:  I’m grateful Sam and Maggie have a dad whose greatest … Continue reading Bunnies and Pachyderms

Classic Marriage

Growing up, I would often hear women refer to themselves as “football widows.”  It never resonated with me, since college football was more of a lifestyle than a hobby in my family.  My mother and grandmothers and aunts were very much alive and present on game days, cursing and screaming throughout every play.  In fact, when I look back, the whole world seemed a few … Continue reading Classic Marriage

The no-lemons-but-only-lemonade-day!

My brother and I grew up on a gravel road, several miles from the nearest highway or town.  But you bloom where you’re planted, right?  So one day we decided to give the lemonade stand thing a go.  We set up shop at the bottom of our driveway, and parked ourselves in the sweltering heat.  The traffic on our old country road averaged one car … Continue reading The no-lemons-but-only-lemonade-day!

One Fine Day

If I recall correctly, I typed my last post with dirty fingernails and weary muscles.  Well, tonight I type with nearly severed tendons.  I think that is worse? It all started this morning when I decided to make the kids blueberry muffins (just from a box, so don’t go all Supermom on me).  I reached into the fridge for the eggs, and somehow flipped a … Continue reading One Fine Day