Today I take a break from the book stuff to honor one of the reasons behind it: My son. Sweet little Von never had the chance to meet two of the most incredible women I’ve ever known—the women who inspired this journey and would have been his adoring grandmothers. (Emphasis on adoring.) Despite the deep sorrow that brings, it … More Birthday Wishes for My Son
Can you imagine what it must be like for most people (and even some household pets) to tower above you? Add to that a toddler’s limitless imagination—unencumbered by years of practical knowledge and assumptions—and they practically live in a whole other world than our own. One of the kids’ book I’m working on explores this perspective, so I’ve been keeping my eye out for glimpses … More Child’s-Eye View
Did you know the brain “geotags” memories based on location? When you encounter a familiar place, according to a recent study, “It opens up these memory boxes and triggers a flood of old memories in vivid Technicolor, like they happened yesterday.” In other words, memory and place are intricately linked, on a biological level.
Part of being creative is absorbing the best of the world around you and discovering how you’ll radiate it back out. Here are some of the best books that have inspired me and my kids in such a way. I hope they’ll fill you to overflowing with imaginative possibilities. BONUS IDEA: Sure, it’s nice to give gifts … More 8 Books to Inspire Creativity
This is one of my family’s favorite Christmas presents, and this year Von got to enjoy it with us, too. I know some of you out there who’ll enjoy it as much as we do. So, may I present my gift to you… Sue’s voice, grandbabies, and spirit, all in one hilariously adorable little video… … More My Gift to You
How many of you parents out there can relate to this terrible, horrible, so good, very awesome day?
I may be reserved and nice, but I’m also surprisingly stubborn. As in, so stubborn that my husband once joked I could have a C-section without anesthetics, if I got it in my head to do so. Stubborn plus parenting doesn’t always mix, let me tell ya. It’s been a bumpy road, but I’m slowing learning … More Knowing When to Give Up
Be you. Exceptional, wonderful, inspired YOU. It’s something we used to do as kids as second nature. But it’s not until you’re parent that you remember how much you may have lost.
Who doesn’t love a spray park on a hot, summer day? Seattle has several options, but Northacres is one of our favorites.
Seattlites loves farmers’ markets almost as much as we hate umbrellas. You’ll find a local market in practically every neighborhood, as you’ll see from the list below (which conveniently includes days and times). If I forgot one of your faves, please let me know. I’ll be sure to add it. So get out there. Wander. Sample. … More Free Seattle: Farmers’ Markets