Quail (or How to Become a Scary Movie Trope)

The scene: A dark, too quiet night in the bowels of some remote location. The character:  A beautiful but foolish all-American young person. The plot: S/he has come to a remote location with a group of friends to let off steam and maybe even get lucky, when suddenly (but only after receiving numerous warnings from… Continue reading Quail (or How to Become a Scary Movie Trope)

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new year, new…weeds?

As part of our 2016 New Year rituals , my family decided to spend our final day of winter break this week in the garden.  We made this plan expecting to uproot and discard leftover dead growth from last year's harvest, and to cover the newly bare earth with a blanket of leaves.   Sounds perfectly… Continue reading new year, new…weeds?

the kingdom for a cookie

The most beautiful Christmas tree I ever saw was a discard on its way to the dump. It had been a lean Christmas for us, and in the absence of funding for elaborate decorations, my mother built a simple faux fireplace on the main wall of our living room. The mantle allowed just enough room… Continue reading the kingdom for a cookie

the big reveal

Halloween costumes have been the subject of much colorful discussion this year in my circles. First there was this cartoon, which I saw posted on several Facebook pages but most notably on A Mighty Girl: Somewhat related, several of my coworkers have loudly bemoaned their difficulties in finding the perfect work-appropriate costume that is fun… Continue reading the big reveal

much and more: a tale of four apple seeds

Four little apple seeds.  That's how it all started. Four tiny little apple seeds have dominated - nay, wrecked my household over the past two weeks. Because of four little apple seeds, I have lost approximately fifty hours that I had earmarked for other purposes.  Instead of getting my hair cut, reorganizing my bedroom, and… Continue reading much and more: a tale of four apple seeds