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Paddling hard

Despite best efforts, we’re definitely feeling it to be a full spring.  I just got proofs for my book today–which come with a four-week turnaround time for proofing and indexing–and have papers and exams to grade in all four classes.  … Continue reading

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Christmas with Family

Just after Christmas, Sydney’s brother Nelson and Nelson’s wife Kira came for a visit, bringing 19-month-old Allister with them.  We hadn’t seen them since we spent Christmas at their house last year, and Allister has really grown.  Sydney and I … Continue reading

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Katherine at the piano again . . . this time for a recital

You can probably tell that it’s been a busy fall for us.  Lots of teaching and writing deadlines for Sydney and me, lots of school activities for the kids, and lots of farming.  We’re hoping for a much quieter spring! … Continue reading

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Piano

Music in our house is a bit of a delicate dance.  Katherine has been taking piano lessons for 2 1/2 years, readily claims music as a big part of her identity, and draws music notes and pianos on her school … Continue reading

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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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