What you sow ...

For some reason, I’ve been thinking about gardening this week. That makes no sense at all. Although you are reading this in April, the week in which it was written has been a snowy week: A week in which the First Day of Spring came in like the proverbial lion, with over a foot of snow in our backyard. Not only that, but I actually don’t like gardening all that much. I know that’s almost heresy to those of you with green thumbs. Perhaps if I had the emerald touch, too, I’d feel differently. But I don’t, more’s the pity. We do have a 4x4 raised bed garden in which we raise weeds surrounded by pesky tomato, pepper and cucumber plants. But it wasn’t actually that garden I’ve been thinking of. It

Change....Change....And More Change

Recently, I found myself staring at my oldest son as he sat at the computer writing his college paper. He didn’t notice my stare, or if he did he seemed unfazed by it. I paused and had one of those moments (all parents out there know what I mean). It was one of those moments when you look at your child and ask yourself, “Where did the time go?” As my children get older, I seem to have these moments more frequently. I am not quite an empty nester, I am in a stage of life that doesn’t seem to have a word to describe it, but it pertains to those few years before all of the children have moved out. It is marked by sometimes subtle and sometimes more profound changes. Those of you that have trave


This post is for the average. It’s an average post–nothing profound—of an average length on an average day. I just want to give a shout out to the average among us. (Which is most of us.) I salute those who go to work every day for an average wage doing a nothing-spectacular-but-necessary job often for a less than average return in terms of gratitude or recognition. I salute those average parents and caregivers who balance family life and maybe jobs or school and the probably average number of colds and temper tantrums and spills. I salute those who may never get their names in the paper (in a good way, and hopefully not in a bad way), who may never get a medal or win the lottery, who might

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