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Taking a break from nature…

I love where I live in Northern California.  I really do.  There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t find myself staring awestruck at something beautiful in nature — the fog rolling in from the Pacific, an incredible sunset or a deer bounding across our yard.  And I love the people there too.  I’ve never met a group of people more aware of their own impact on the environment.  It seems like before every action they take, they…

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How to survive getting sick on an airplane…

My kids and I were scheduled to fly to Florida for Thanksgiving on Sunday.  (Bill was going to fly a few days later to meet us.)  We wanted to get their early because my mom’s birthday was on Monday.  But on Friday, August got a fever and a sore throat — or a “sore neck” as he called it.  Bill and I immediately went into parent do-we-change-the-flight-mode.  August would start to play and we’d say we’re good, then August would…

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The story of the first Thanksgiving

One of the really great things about public schools not getting enough funding — maybe the only great thing — is that sometimes you get really interesting school supplies.  Emerson’s teacher gave her several books on the first Thanksgiving to read this week.  I was excited to read them too — I thought maybe there were some facts in there that I didn’t know and I was curious to see what school children in 2014 were learning about that fateful…

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The dead donkey in the car next to us

So the kids and I were driving back home from the library and we stopped at a light.  Next to us a small truck pulled up — one of those little old work trucks that looks like this – I glanced over at it because I love those little trucks and that’s when I noticed… … a dead donkey in the bed of the truck. It was one of the strangest sights I have ever seen.  It was lying on…

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A pig rescue…

A pig rescue…

I have an amazing story of an animal rights activist that is personal to me in a strange way.  When I was a writer on The Drew Carey Show, there was a man that utterly terrified me.  He was another writer on the show and his name was Sam Simon.  He was insanely well accomplished — legendary in the comedy writing business.  For example, he was one of the creators of The Simpsons.  I can’t say that the two of…

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The fairy is out of the bag

I’ll say this right up front — I love fairies, elves, gnomes, sprites, leprechauns and all magical woodland creatures.  I’m not like one of those weird adults you see walking around with fairy wings and a wand (maybe that’s just where I live), but I feel like these beings totally exist.  Sure, maybe they don’t look or act exactly like we think they do, but they are out there.  If you’ve ever been to an old growth forrest, there’s something…

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What I’m wearing these days…

I haven’t mentioned anything about fashion forever so I thought I’d talk a little bit about how I’m feeling after “My Year of Fabulous” ended almost a whole year ago (I can’t really believe it.)  I still feel a million times better about myself than before I started my fashion quest.  I still feel like a totally different person (when it comes to fashion).  I also still feel like trying out a bunch of styles to see what worked for…

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Swedish Organized Part Two — August’s room

Before a few days ago, August didn’t have a room or a bed.  He had a dresser and his toys in a room with Emerson’s things and our closet.  At night, he slept with us in a pile, kind of like a commune in the ’60s, but without the drugs.  So finding a space that August could call his own in our small house was our biggest challenge and it took the most effort. In the end, we realized we…

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