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Children’s Book of the Week: Who Needs Donuts?

Who Needs Donuts? by Mark Alan Stamaty Wow. This is quite a book. It was first published in 1973 and then apparently went swiftly out of print, and used copies of it fetched hundreds of dollars. I can see why. It’s definitely the kind of book where, if you read it as a child, you [...]

Pre-Thanksgiving Bounty

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I’m ten minutes away from legwarmers

Ok: I hate being pregnant. I know there are some women who get all ecstatic and rejuvenated and glowy, but that’s not me. I’m not glowy. I’m ashen and sullen and there’s a permanent crease between my eyebrows. I hate being sick, that’s for sure, but that ends (as it has, thank you), and I [...]

Children’s Book of the Week: Sixteen Cows

Sixteen Cows by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Kurt Cyrus This one is for Emily. Lisa Wheeler, rhyme-mistress extraordinaire, continues to charm the daylights out of every single one of us, and really hits it out of the park with this one. It’s the story of Gene Biddle and Sue Waddle, two ranchers who live right [...]

Your Weekly Zuzu

Zuzu is a hat girl. Well, we’re a hat family, really. We’re all about the big sun hats in the summertime, and in winter we retreat into the cozy embrace of wool and fleece, mostly as delivered up by Mexicali Blues (a local funky crunchy shop that has a wondrous selection of hats every winter). [...]

Letter to Santa

Ok, what is it with my kids asking Santa for impossible items? Is it because they don’t watch television? If they watched TV they’d just ask for some Matchbox raceway they saw on a commercial. But no. Here’s what it says: “Dear Santa Claus, Please give us a pet bush baby and a pickax with [...]

Children’s Book of the Week: The Tiger Who Came to Tea

The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr What I like about this book: The tiger is a lovely mix of polite and rude. Basically, he’s your basic terrible houseguest who doesn’t realize he’s a terrible houseguest. He’s very gracious — “Excuse me, but I’m very hungry. Do you think I could have tea [...]


The other day Dave had a tie on, and Eli said, “You look just like Barack Obama!” I love that our world in Maine is such a casual place that the only person Eli can associate with tie-wearing is the president. addthis_url = ‘′; addthis_title = ‘Formalwear’; addthis_pub = ”;


Why do I let myself get all worked up about stupid Halloween costumes? This year Eli wanted to be a crossing guard, and I scoured the internet until I found just the thing (which is, in fact, a real crossing guard outfit, since it turns out no other child in the history of Halloween has [...]

My secret agreement with the UPS man

So this is the kind of parent I’ve become: I notice that the giant box of diapers has come from, and I carefully herd the children upstairs to bed so that they don’t see it. Then I fall asleep while putting Zuzu to bed, but manage to drag myself up so that I can [...]

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