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Look, Mom! I Can Ride My Bike!

April 6, 2010

Rio came home from school yesterday bubbling with spring fever. It was our first really warm spring day, and she couldn’t wait to get outside and plant things in the garden, ride her bike, visit her friends…you know, be a kid. I could totally wait to do all those things, because I was sick, sick, [...]

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Car-free family, for the moment

October 8, 2009

Our mechanic called today to read our van its last rites. I’m not really in any kind of financial position this week to buy a new car, or even a new-to-me car. I’m just getting out of debt, and starting to put aside an emergency fund. It has an impressive $500 in it. I am [...]

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The gift of 'princesses', no batteries needed

June 19, 2009

My mother gave Rio a bicycle for her birthday. A purple bicycle covered with Disney Princess decals. Safe to say, this was her dream bike, long awaited. She spent many winter afternoons sitting on Nana’s lap fantasizing about the bike that would magically appear to her when she turned five. So of course my mom [...]

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Biking with kids: what bike to choose

June 14, 2009

So all the discussion of biking with kids has given me some exciting new options to consider. Right now, I have a two-seater Burley trailer that I use almost every day to haul my kids around, and a tag-along tandem attachement for Rio. I think these two things will get us through the summer. But [...]

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Dangerous cycling: the controversy continues

June 11, 2009

Regular readers of this journal know that I bike with my kids. A lot. In traffic. This is a more controversial subject than I would ever have imagined. I have spent a lot of the past 24 hours discussing it politely. At the end of all that polite discussion, I took my five-year-old to pick [...]

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Go play in traffic: Bicycle Safety on Busy Roads

June 4, 2009

A friend just posted a link to a great site about bicycle safety. I can’t recommend strongly enough giving this clear, simple page a read. Especially if, like me, you have a crazy habit of putting your kids in harms way, er, riding your bike with your kids. To my knowledge, there are two basic [...]

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Please do not shout at my bicycle

April 27, 2009

Dear Concerned Citizens, Please do not shout insults or parenting advice at me as I am biking past your car on a city street with my kids in tow. Your fear for my children’s safety is truly touching. However, if you pause for a moment, you may realize that taking your own attention away from [...]

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Today's Gift

February 1, 2009

Weather warm enough to ride, brings Rio and I flying on our shiny-not-shiny-now-its-muddy three-wheeled bicycle-train The sun is bright and she’s singing A lot of people, people who don’t know us, Stare like something unusual is happening Like my whole life is not accompanied by her Wild voice lifted up in song “Little birds, come [...]

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I win at life

October 23, 2008

Today came home from work around 5. We hung out for twenty minutes, and as we started planning dinner, I realized I’d forgotten to pick up our farm share. So I threw the baby in the trailer and biked over to Fresh Pond to get it. We made it there just in time, and got [...]

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