Wrong Addresses, Sparkling Lights, and Rats: Paris Part 1

Paris! Oh la la! (Pronounced "oh," not "ooooh.") Our final three days of the Family trip to Spain and France concludes in Paris. There are so many iconic sights that I saved this city for last. The grand finale, if you will. We visit the Arc de Triomphe, our first sight. I lead my family... Continue Reading →

A Not-So-Little-Mountain-Village in France

I try to prepare my kids for the town of Tarbes. I had been to this town twenty-five years ago, but like many memories that have blurred over the years, I can’t remember how big the town actually is. Having just come north into France from big cities in Spain—Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona—I know that... Continue Reading →

Goodbye Spain: Barcelona Part 3

The sights are memorable, but the magic of visiting with friends and loved ones made the biggest impression. #Travel #Family #Spain #Barcelona #Friends #España

Is it a Space Colony? No, it’s Valencia!

Space Colony or Spain? You decide! #Valencia #ciudaddeartesyciencias #cityofartsandsciences #travel #Spain #tourism #españa

Fun: It’s Not Just for Little Kids

My latest #blog, in which I encourage my kids to #play. #amwriting #jumpforjoy #letkidsbekids

Where Has All the Recycling Gone?

What are we to do about our recycling? China won’t accept it anymore, and now It’s a crisis.

Making Friends by Going in For the Kill 

A rainy night in the woods. Four ladies. A deck of cards. Two hundred Girl Scouts nearby. Who will survive?

Flashlights, Storm Prep, Slumber

BEEP. BEEEEEEP. BEEP. BEEP. Everyone's phones buzzed as the weather alert interrupted our dinner on the screened porch. "'Alert, Derecho threat increasing rapidly,'" my husband read on his phone screen after silencing the sound. He looked up. "Derecho? That is not good." This was more serious than I thought. I had heard we'd be getting... Continue Reading →

Bird Q&A To Make Your Day

I'm a backyard birdwatcher and came across this most excellent, funny, and yes, alarming, series of questions by Buzzfeed's Erin Chack and answers by Audubon Society's Purbita Saha. There is so much information and hilarity herein. Please enjoy. Birds in the News BuzzFeed Asked a Bunch of Bird Questions—and We Answered 'I like birds as... Continue Reading →

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