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Penners in the Kitchen

Sydney suggested we each pick a different kind of hummus to make over the weekend.  That started up a discussion in our house!  After much sorting and debating, we made a list of our top 6 and decided to break … Continue reading

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Christmas in Nova Scotia

In the first week of December, Katherine found herself juggling a piano recital and two separate school presentations: one on the life of Joan of Arc, and the other on the health benefits of bananas.  Sydney and I, deep in … Continue reading

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Fall Hikes and Harvest

The kids have grown a bit camera-shy, but I managed to get a few shots of them over the course of the fall. Sydney’s brugmansia (Angel’s Trumpet) prompted a number of questions from people who passed by the front yard.  … Continue reading

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Back to School!

Katherine and Nathaniel were up early for the first day of school, where she’s starting fifth grade and he’s starting third.  This is their last year sharing a bus ride and a school, since next year Katherine will switch to … Continue reading

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Mississippi with Mom and Katherine

In July, Katherine and I met up with Mom to drive down to the annual Faulkner conference in Oxford, Mississippi.  I had a great time at the conference and enjoyed celebrating my book’s publication with fellow Faulknerians.  Mom and Katherine … Continue reading

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Fruit and Flowers

There are piles of veggies coming out of the garden and farm (particularly since Sydney recently built a small greenhouse), but this year we’ve also seen an increase in fruit from what Sydney’s planted in the yard.  We had a … Continue reading

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Book

When I returned from Iowa, I found on my desk a copy of my book, which I promptly sent to my parents.  I figure that if my mom carved out a spot for it in her living room, taking the … Continue reading

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Nathaniel on a Bicycle

While we were in Iowa, Nathaniel also mastered the art of bicycling.  He’s not slow to learn; we just tended to prefer scooters, given how useful they were in England.  And scooters are a bit more compact! Nathaniel was thrilled … Continue reading

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Family time in Iowa

As soon as the kids finished up their school year, they grabbed the bags they’d helped pack (a week in advance: I had to fend them off until then) and joined me on an early-morning flight to Iowa to visit … Continue reading

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Overheard

The kids are sitting at the counter in my parents’ house in Iowa, just where Adam and I used to perch. Katherine to Nathaniel: “You’re just like Mommy.” N: “What do you mean?” K: “Well, Daddy talks about Mommy changing … Continue reading

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