Monthly Archives: May 2010

Strawberry jam. 2

I spent a Saturday morning at my aunt’s house making strawberry jam. For me, part of the point of the Button Club project was to do things that my aunts and grandmother know how to do but that have passed me by. I have certainly seen jam made before, but I had never actually helped […]

I have always depended upon the kindness of strangers. 3 / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 My freshman year of high school, I took a drama class. We did things in that class that have stuck with me more than I would have guessed at the time. We read The Cherry Orchard and studied the crap out of it, so much so that I could probably […]

Ease her pain. 6

On Friday, I was pushing a cart of books down the hall when it went rogue on me and, instead of going forward, went sideways. My knee somehow also went sideways, causing a sharp pain. One of my students was walking by and as I braced myself from falling, I made some kind of joke […]

chewing. 1

I have joined the ladies over at chew*, and this week, we chatted about domesticity. I shared about The Button Club, quoted Lauren Winner, and outed my husband as a feminist. It was a great time, and you should listen when you get a chance. Although I do apologize for my horrible cold.

Scenes from a pottery studio. 4 / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 There is a guy in my pottery class who sounds exactly like Michael Cera. He looks kind of like him, too, and talks in this quiet Michael Cera voice that makes it difficult for me to keep from saying things like, “Honest to blog?” to him. He makes beautiful scalloped […]

Pancakes definitely make you lower your expectations. 26

This week’s Button Club task was to make blueberry pancakes. Though I am not fond of pancakes, I made a solid effort. And they weren’t bad, really. For pancakes, they were pretty good. Mike said he wished they’d been sweeter so that we didn’t have to use syrup at all, which is a plan I […]

Going in Circles by Pamela Ribon 4

I recently had a conversation about insecurity. It boiled down to this: I am the type of person who feels reasonably secure in who she is. I know what I like. I know what I am good at. I know my weaknesses. I am 30 years old and don’t have any kids. I don’t do […]

Flowers on a Tuesday. 7

This week, my job has been to help someone else’s life to tell a better story. I have worried and cried and prayed about it, but, in the end, I wasn’t the one doing the heavy lifting. I’m just facilitating, watching, and silently cheering. And working my tail off in the process. That’s what it […]

Holy thoughts that star the night. 3

“Barter” by Sara Teasdale Life has loveliness to sell, All beautiful and splendid things, Blue waves whitened on a cliff, Soaring fire that sways and sings, And childrens’s faces looking up Holding wonder in a cup. Life has loveliness to sell, Music like a curve of gold, Scent of pine trees in the rain, Eyes […]

strawberry season 0

April by James Schuyler The morning sky is clouding up and what is that tree, dressed up in white? The fruit tree, French pear. Sulphur- yellow bees stud the forsythia canes leaning down into the transfer across the park. And trees in skimpy flower bud suggest the uses of paint thinner, so fine the net […]

The Cardturner by Louis Sachar 6

When I was in elementary school, I somehow obtained a copy of Sideways Stories from Wayside School. I don’t remember how I got it. I just remember that it was the funniest book I had ever read. I wanted everyone else to read it, too. I wanted everyone to know about Miss Zarves, Bebe Gunn, […]

Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski 2

If you could call your high school self and “fix” some of the mistakes you made, what would you say? I didn’t enjoy high school very much, so there are some things I would consider changing. High school me could have been more outgoing and a little less uptight. Maybe I could have spent a […]

Four bowls. 11

If there is a message that keeps coming up in my life these days, it has something to do with taking time and being patient. I talked about that on Saturday in my Button Club post. It applies to all kinds of things I don’t always take the time to do from ironing to folding […]

Good things in April. 6

Happy May Day! Here are April’s good things. Be sure to post yours in the comments if you kept track of your good things this month. So that we can celebrate all the good we are taking the time to see. Also, my first Button Club task is completed, so go check that out this […]