Animal Crackers in My Soup

Animal Crackers in My Soup

Twice this past week, I’ve waited in an office and finally departed, ready to bite someone’s head off, like I used to do with my animal crackers. Talk about a zoo. Instead of spinning a Tin Collector’s Tale about animal crackers, I hardened my heart and collected grievances. Never mind that I prayed for some…

How to Have a Good Fight

How to Have a Good Fight

In the sobering face of the recent demonstrations of civil unrest in the country where we’ve lived for 35+ years—a weekend of street fighting and near-war—I’m changing my original introduction to this post to ask, What are we fighting about? What’s a good fight? If not all battles are bad, what makes one good? “I…

Happy Labor Days

Happy Labor Days

Labor Laetitia Nostra—“Work is our happiness”—is an old Latin motto that a lot of people would probably dispute these days. But with a change of outlook, many of the Labor Days of our lives—whether fishing, driving, or keyboarding—could metamorphose into a Long Weekend Bash. “The secret of happiness,” said J. M. Barrie (the creator of…

Adding the Extra to Ordinary

Adding the Extra to Ordinary

Miles from home, we were locked out of our pickup, under torrential rain that hadn’t let up for more than a few hours in months. No family–no friends with vehicles–no co-workers within a three-hour drive. With two preschoolers in tow, I stood ankle-deep in mud and watched my husband, on homemade wooden crutches following major…