Torben Khulmann is an author and illustrator who Jude and I came across last year and have fallen in love with. He writes historical fiction about a mouse that makes discoveries just ahead of the inventors that history teaches us about. Edison, Lindbergh, Armstrong, to name a few, had their ways paved by a little… Continue reading Flying Mouse- Special Delivery
Christmas Spreadsheets- A Happy Place
Once a year I write about something that isn't pediatric cancer or the grief and gratitude that surrounds it. Today is the day, lucky you. I'm laughing as I proof read this draft because I don't have any category for things that aren't.....dire. New category: ramblings. It's that time of year. The time that I… Continue reading Christmas Spreadsheets- A Happy Place
The Well-Adjusted Sibling- Part 3
Read Part One here, and then Part Two. Her eyes were wide as dinner plates when she realized what I was asking her. She was being invited to come along to Beau's clinic visit, she was going to get to go to the hospital. "Yes, yes I want to come," she said and immediately ran… Continue reading The Well-Adjusted Sibling- Part 3
Leben jetzt und hier
It was July 2008. We were young and wild. We stayed past semester end to travel the Adriatic coast, the world our oyster. We debated a tattoo to consecrate the summer that was slipping away. We wandered down the river in Vienna one evening and, quite literally, stumbled into a music festival. "Leben jetzt und… Continue reading Leben jetzt und hier
These are a few of my favorite things…
In continuing with my amazingly boring, mundane experience I have been cleaning out my kids rooms. After a full summer, then a full Philadelphia, I haven’t been alone in my house since May. And for any moms out there- you know the gold of being alone in your own house. For me, it’s the cleaning… Continue reading These are a few of my favorite things…
Please enjoy this break in dreary cancer content while I review the most *basic* fall month on record. Praise be that I have almost nothing to report, except my out of proportion joy at the simple things we have been occupying ourselves with lately. To begin with, my front porch. Can you even? I am… Continue reading Currently: October
An end of the year “thank-you” note.
This spring I heard a great idea for end of the year teacher gifts. Instead of gifting a coffee gift card or candle, write a letter to the Superintendent and/or principal detailing your gratitude for the teacher. I thought this was just beautiful, but as I brainstormed what I would say about our teachers, I… Continue reading An end of the year “thank-you” note.
A new nanny and a week of illness.
I have locked myself in my room. I have one million things to do and by "one million," I mean to say that I have four things that I actually need to do, and 999,996 other things that feel like a great way to occupy myself while I run around my house screaming, "I have… Continue reading A new nanny and a week of illness.
Philly Magic Gardens
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (PMG) is an immersive mixed media art environment, a space that is completely covered with mosaics. It was created by artist Isaiah Zagar who used handmade tiles, bottles, bicycle wheels, mirror, and international folk art. He used these medias to chronicle his life. The space grew slowly from the onset. First as… Continue reading Philly Magic Gardens
A List of Gratitude and a Loathe of Grub Hub
I just spent 128 minutes on the customer service chat feature of the Grub Hub app trying to figure out why Joshua can't access my account from his phone. I wouldn't consider myself a technological wizard by any means, but I can generally comprehend the basic workings of a website/app and thus the 128 minutes… Continue reading A List of Gratitude and a Loathe of Grub Hub