Category Archives: Parenting

The season of letting go

And as the pumpkins sit, frostbitten and unnoticed, gradually losing their masterfully carved faces to eventual decomposition even in swiftly dropping temperatures, we empty the candy bowls, gather up the strewn wrappers and pack up the spider webs. We’ve lost our enthusiasm for pumpkin spice and the fall foliage has gone from being captivating on […]

Downsizing my life, upsizing my joy

“Mum. Could you be any cornier?” “What.” “No, I’m serious.  I can’t believe you just said that.” What.  But it’s what I’m trying to say.  I’m actually attempting to downsize all this stuff we’ve accumulated over the years and replace it by…upsizing joy.  You know, replacing stuff with joy.  Like getting rid of the stuff.  […]

“Why would you want to live in Aroostook County?”

They ask me, their faces creased in varied expressions of doubt and disapproval. “There’s nothing to do up there.”  They continue on, as though telling me will make me believe it. “The County’s dead and I’m glad I left.”  They say often with a sense of slight satisfaction and disdain. “It’s too cold up there […]