Every place

poppyseed cakeThe push and pull of back to school has been here these weeks. Comings and goings are feeling more fraught, breakfast more rushed. We have two preschoolers now, each joyful and exhausted in their own way, each navigating new schedules and new friends and new shoes. I’m navigating too: soup simmering on the stovetop, doubled up co-oping, the catch in my throat when Lucas announces, “It’s my first day school!” (Never mind that it’s actually his fifth day. Two mornings each week bring him the ecstasy of finally – finally! – getting to have school days, just like Jacob!)   Continue reading

Summer’s best

photo-525We’ve reached the moment when everything is bursting-ripe, tomatoes and peaches and corn and melons, green beans and zucchinis and plums. Summer itself is dwindling, shadows are lengthening, but such glory in these final days.

My summer book bag has slowly emptied. I was inspired by Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing by Daphne Miller, M.D. (Here’s an interview that gives you some sense of her work.) Alice Munro never fails to transport me, and I savored Dear Life. And after seeing my dad and stepmom both reading it, I picked up a copy of The Good Food Revolution by Will Allen of Growing Power – if you’re interested in sustainable urban farming, it’s a good read.

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