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Snow: Love It or Hate It?

What’s not to love about snow?  (Boston, don’t answer that.)  Nothing, if you’re about 10 years old. Everything is wonderful—from snowmen, snowballs, and snow angels to forts, icicles, and sledding. There’s skiing, whether downhill or cross-country. There’s snowboarding and snowmobiling. Not to mention hot chocolate, hot soup, and hot anything else whether pizza, wings, or…


Waiting Up at Night

It’s something that most every parent goes through at some point in their life. The fact that I should have probably been a grandmother by now does not help. It only means that I’m more tired than most what with rising early in the a.m. and going to bed late in the p.m. And now…


Of Triads, Triangulation and Targets

When it comes to adoption, many are the terms that new parents need to learn. Alphabet soup diagnoses from FAS to RAD and back again exist, along with the three big T’s: triads, targets and triangulation. Thought to be an equilateral triangle, the adoption triad consists of birth mother, adoptee and adoptive parents. Nothing equal…


A Heart, A Brain, and Courage: No Place Like Home

I’ve often thought about our three youngest children stepping out of a scene from The Wizard of Oz. It’s because we have three distinct self-image deficits that seem to fit a pattern. In many ways, our youngest, Sashenka, is like the Tin Man. She lacks a heart. But she’s getting there. She has flashes of…


Doggy Dreams

A cold and rainy night called for the family to lounge in front of a crackling fire. A couple of kids lay sprawled on the carpet, a couple more sat on comfortable chairs, while the dogs piled on the couch with Benedetto and moi. So relaxed and comfortable and drowsy, Misha dozed off and began…


Monday Mottoes – #72

Slogging along in life makes time stand still. At any time we can pick up the pace by cooperation with others. Working together causes things to hum along at a much better clip, as long as everyone can coordinate their efforts. By spelling out each person’s role according to their skills and abilities, we increase…


A Simply Sweet Snow Day

We had heard that snow was coming, yet less than an inch would hardly prove to be noteworthy. Then it began around 5:00 a.m. and did not let up. Cancelling a doctor’s appointment, I felt it best to stick close to home. Benedetto drove Petya the few blocks to work, slipping and sliding all the…


Monday Mottoes – #71

Scores of us live very busy lives. That’s almost a given in this day and age, unless you go out of your way not to be part of any socializing, spiritualizing, careers or familial duties. Even everyday errands take time. I know you needed me to point that out. You’re welcome. So here we all…


Scottie Gift Wrap

Well, I may have received a few holiday gifts. Petite pieces full of sentiment and wrapped in beautiful… Scottie Gift Wrap!!! I was so enjoying the tiny packages with Scottish Terriers snowboarding and skiing that Benedetto had to remind me to open them. This little bag. That little bag. I was surrounded by my bearded…


A Miraculously Peaceful Holiday

A lovely, relaxed day.   It’s been a while. We smiled, we chatted, we celebrated. The family had started over.  All was calm, all was bright. When you have six people, four of them somewhat-touchy teens, along with two jaded parents, it’s not easy getting everyone on the same page at the same time. But it…

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