Author Archives: Erin

The First Day of School

Katherine is 9 and beginning 4th grade, and Nathaniel is 7 and beginning 2nd grade. I asked them to hug each other, and they did!  They’ve played a lot together this summer, and I hope they don’t lose sight of … Continue reading

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Summer Projects

We’ve had several ongoing projects this summer.  First and foremost, of course, would be the farm.  Sydney’s been growing a lot of new things this year, and the customers who visit us at the farmer’s market have started coming as … Continue reading

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Oxford, Mississippi

At the end of July, three generations of Birdsong women descended on Oxford, Mississippi.  I was giving a paper at the annual Faulkner conference and meeting with some of my digital humanities colleagues.  Mom was driving down (!) from Iowa, … Continue reading

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Birds, Bees–and Flowers

Sydney enjoys having a front garden full of flowers, and he took me seriously when I said I wanted a long row of lavender.  This stretch along our driveway attracts several kinds of bees, which means there’s a continuous drone … Continue reading

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Home again!

We’ve been doing a lot of traveling this summer, which has resulted in a serious lack of blog updates.  But we did remember to take our camera with us! This summer has been busy with the combination of farming, kid … Continue reading

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The children ponder rebellion

It occurred to me to ask the kids whether they had heard of a popular video game I’ve been reading about in the news.  Yes, they tell me, but they have no inclination to play it. I appreciate that they … Continue reading

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Easter

The kids insisted on dyeing eggs this year, and they liked the idea so much they wanted to try two different methods.  We love deviled eggs, egg salad, etc., so we should make it through a second batch later this … Continue reading

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Civics Lessons

Our kids have gotten to ages that make it possible to reassert the art of adult conversation around and through dinner and homework help.  Also, we’re desperate, and time is limited.  And as the kids listen to us, they swell … Continue reading

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“Spring” Break

This past week was our spring break.  As in, a week when neither Sydney nor I had teaching responsibilities, and the kids were in school.  We were running hard in February, so we’ve been looking forward to this time! Well, … Continue reading

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Nathaniel’s arsenal grows

Nathaniel doesn’t take to time changes, since he’s an early riser who struggles to get to sleep if it’s still light outside (yeah, summer with him is fun).  So I wasn’t surprised that he showed a fraying temper this evening, … Continue reading

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