Posts by Maureen

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Home Energy Report

Every month we receive not one but TWO notices in the mail from ComEd, our electricity supplier. The first is the monthly bill, which I always promptly pay. The second is a home energy report. The report sums up how our energy usage compares to 100 nearby occupied homes that are similar in size to […]


2015: A Year of Good

2015. A hundred years from now, what will people say about this year? What will be remembered? Probably that this was the year when terrorism of all kinds took hold. Or that this was another year when politicians did absolutely nothing. Or perhaps the world will remember the countries and people who did nothing to […]


Passing the Time (When We’re Not Right on Time)

Last Sunday Chris had to work all day. He used to work every day of every weekend, so now his occasional day in the office really doesn’t bother me. Of course we miss him and of course we’d rather have him home on a Sunday, but we live in the middle of a huge city; […]


Christmas Songs That Skip the Saccharine

“It’s all a charade. The world has not understood the way of peace. The whole world is at war. A war can be justified, so to speak, with many, many reasons, but when all the world as it is today, at war, piecemeal though that war may be—a little here, a little there—there is no […]


Be Kind. No Exceptions.

Here we are, well into December, and I have yet to catch the Christmas spirit. Perhaps that is due to my family’s incredibly stressful and difficult fall. Or perhaps it is just because I am so BUSY. But, in all honesty, I think its because the world it just so broken. 2015 was a hard […]


Our Advent Wreath

The holiday season is moving full speed ahead in our house. We set out Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving, and our GIANT Christmas tree is cheerfully sprinkling pine needles all over the floor. It really is the most wonderful time of the year. One new tradition I started this year is a family Advent […]


Thanksgiving: Mashed Rutabega

We are in Connecticut for the Thanksgiving holiday visiting Chris’s family. The kids love hiking in the country and seeing their cousins. Tonight we roasted marshmallows over a roaring bonfire. The GIANT full moon was a total bonus we’ll never forget. We’re celebrating Thanksgiving at Chris’s brother’s house, so tonight I prepared a couple dishes […]


Steve’s Paleogoods for Chris

As I’ve written about before, we stick to a largely Paleo diet. Several years ago Chris suffered from severe stomach and gut problems, and as soon as he adopted a Paleo diet his problems disappeared. So, by default the kids and I eat a lot of Paleo-friendly meals. Pasta is a rarity in our house, […]


Carry The Future

I like to think of myself as a minimalist (even though all the kid stuff in our house would lead one to believe otherwise), so I’ve mostly avoided all the unnecessary baby stuff during the past seven years of taking care of babies. No wipe warmers or grocery cart liners for us, thankyouverymuch. But, one […]


Let Them Be Boys!

I recently read a news story about a 6 year old boy suspended from school for three days for shooting an imaginary bow and arrow at recess. Despite an outcry from parents and the community, the principal made no apologies for coming down so hard: “I have no tolerance for any real, pretend, or imitated violence. […]


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