Counter Space

The re-user and the organizer that coexist within me live in almost constant tension. The organizer knows there are surfaces in my home that will never be clear for more than a few hours at a time. For example: our kitchen table, that’s perpetually cluttered with dishes, daily mail, partially finished[Read more]

How Is Creative Reuse Like Algebra?

How many times have you heard (or said), “Why do I have to learn algebra? It’s not like I’ll ever use it in real life!” As a parent, I’ve had to get quite creative – justifying algebra and several of its equally frustrating peers – to help my kids understand[Read more]

Living Outside the Box

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a box (or drawer) where I stashed special things – mementos, awards, cherished letters, souvenirs. I remember my mother storing some of her treasured objects in her piano bench; programs from plays we were in or ticket stubs from a[Read more]

Happy Birthday, Darling Husband

In a month where my Facebook feed is filled with friends and family sharing what they’re thankful for, I get to celebrate one of my greatest blessings: the birth of my husband (on November 21). Much the way our youngest son’s birthday (on Epiphany) gets wrapped up in the tail[Read more]