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How to build a small living roof

How to build a small living roof

Building a living roof over a little shed or playhouse is a great idea for anyone who hates to garden.  Why?  Because they’re easy to make, easy to maintain and you get to STAND. I’ll admit it, I hate gardening. Squatting on the ground in the blazing sun is not my idea of a good time.  Maybe because I grew up in Florida where gardening means just being bitten by a bunch of red ants.  And now that we live…

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5 easy ways to help the environment on Earth Day

5 easy ways to help the environment on Earth Day

I’ve always felt a lot of pressure on Earth Day.  You know, like I should be doing something really major to help the environment to make up for my lack of doing anything major the rest of the year.  I’ll think, I should’ve organized a climate change march or helped replant the rain forest or traded in my car for a walking stick and a pair of comfortable shoes.  I imagine Mother Nature shaking her head, knowing how many ziplock…

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It’s surgery day! It’s surgery day!

It’s surgery day! It’s surgery day!

Yesterday, I had my varicose vein surgery.  It was a very interesting experience to be in a hospital for a couple of hours.  First of all, everyone is really nice.  TV and movies turn nurses into cartoonish evil characters for comic effect, but the few times I’ve ever met them, they seem to be really caring people.  (TV and movies also do this to sharks, portraying them as mindless killing machines.  Maybe nurses and sharks could get together and protest…

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My prolonged absence

My prolonged absence

It’s been a whole week since I posted anything about my book, my life, my kids or anything in my over-sharing universe.  And that’s because from Tuesday to Friday of last week I was chaperoning a field trip for Buck’s 5th grade class.  We stayed at a hostel at night and during the day went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, out on a sail boat, took insanely beautiful hikes and even hit an Egyptian museum. And if that wasn’t enough,…

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Homeschooling with Weird Al

Homeschooling with Weird Al

Now that we’re homeschooling two out of our three kids, I have noticed a couple big differences in my life.  First, our house is far more disgusting than it was when all three kids were in school.  Having two little buggers around all the time makes it impossible to keep things clean — even as you’re cleaning one room, they are messing up another.  There is no time when everyone who aggressively messes up the house is gone for an…

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Are we all sick of daylight savings time yet?

Are we all sick of daylight savings time yet?

Right now as I write this, it’s close to seven o’clock in the morning at our house and it’s COMPLETELY pitch black.  No one is awake except me.  And why should they be, really?  According to their bodies, it’s somewhere around 5:45 a.m.  In just a few minutes, I will have to try and wake up Buck for school.  This will not go well.  Why?  Because Buck didn’t go to bed until 10:00 last night, which of, course, was 9:00…

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Maya Angelou and me

Maya Angelou and me

The other night, when I was watching that scroll of people that died at the Oscars… Wait, that didn’t sound right.  A bunch of people didn’t die at the Oscars — I was watching that section where Meryl Streep was paying tribute to all the famous people that died in 2014, I had momentarily forgotten that Maya Angelou died last year.  Maybe forgotten isn’t the right word.  I had successfully pretended that Maya Angelou was still alive until Meryl Streep…

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Guns and Kombucha –  My life so far

Guns and Kombucha – My life so far

I wanted to explain a little why I compared letting your child have a gun with not vaccinating your child.  And it has everything to do with the two worlds I inhabit — the world of my childhood and my world now.  I grew up in a very gun-loving house.  My father’s side of the family was from the deep South where having guns was as natural as breathing and being a Baptist.  I had my own gun (a BB…

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It’s every parent’s right to not vaccinate…

It’s every parent’s right to not vaccinate…

…In America, that is.  I’m not going to argue whether I agree with this right or not.  I’m simply saying that our country is based on a set of principles that give parents the right to make good and bad decisions when it comes to their children.  Decisions that sometimes not only affect the child, but society at large.  We are a group of people that don’t like the government telling us what to do.  I mean, isn’t that why America…

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Okay, so I’m sick

Okay, so I’m sick

Even though I never get sick, it turns out I’m sick.  Writing it right now is actually the first time I’ve even admitted it at all. I made the worst mistake ever when you have a sick child in your house — I did not keep up the regiment. After I successfully conquered the sore throat that Emmy had given me, I was so cocky and pleased with myself that I stopped taking garlic and Emergen – C.  So when…

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