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Giving Thanks

November 27, 2010

Spent Thanksgiving with my family like we always do: at my mother’s house, with my sister and her family. This was the first year all the kids have been big enough to warrant a kids’ table. Rio is so grown up now, she helped my mom prep all the food, and even washed the dishes. [...]

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The Zebra and the Train: A Tale of Two Costumes

October 29, 2010

A week or so ago, Serena announced she wanted to be a zebra for Halloween. I smiled, nodded, thought she’d make a cute zebra, and promptly forgot about it. Until tonight, after dinner, when she smiled sweetly at me and said, “Mommy! Tonight while I am sleeping, I want you to sew a zebra costume [...]

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Being an Elf is Hard

December 10, 2009

My eBay bid from yesterday was a silly success: Santa will be delivering a set of Disney Princess Barbies to my kids on Christmas morning, as requested in their letter to him. I only hope I won’t regret this when they’re playing “Sister vs. Sister Deathmatch” over the Snow White doll in a few weeks. [...]

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Charitable Holiday Gift Guide

November 27, 2009

Another guest post! I was working on a couple of holiday gift guides for non-consumer types. One of my regular readers (and a dear friend) had already written one about charitable giving. Why reinvent the wheel? Rowan was gracious enough to let me reprint it, so here it is! I thought I made this post [...]

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Summer Solstice Festival at the Growing Center

June 19, 2009

Tomorrow, I will be leading a Summer Solstice Festival at the Somerville Growing Center, starting at 4 p.m. We’ll be doing sun-painting again if the weather is good. Here’s the skinny on the overall project: A series of family-friendly festivals celebrating the turning of the wheel of the year. Through song, story, art and play [...]

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Beltaine Festival tomorrow at the Growing Center

April 30, 2009

When I posted my list of May events, I should have included this one, which I am leading at The Growing Center tomorrow at 4 p.m.: Wheel of the Year Festival: Beltaine A series of family-friendly festivals celebrating the turning of the wheel of the year. Through song, story, art and play we will explore [...]

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Happy Easter!

April 12, 2009

Candy!, originally uploaded by MzMuze. We’re not big Easter celebrators in my house, but we do love any excuse for a party. Today, courtesy of our friends and family, we had the most conventional Easter I can recall since my own childhood living with my Catholic grandparents. Our day started with church, followed by an [...]

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Multiculturalism in action

December 23, 2008

Rio, to her goddess-mama: “You know what? One of the things of me celebrating Chanukah is me showing you our Christmas tree.” EDIT: also, to warm my heart, she did the candle-lighting and prayers with her goddess mama and closed by saying, ‘Blessed be’

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what is "real"?

December 10, 2008

“Does Santa have elves? I mean, are they real?” “I have never visited Santa, but it’s my understanding that he really has elves.” “Right. Because if he didn’t have elves, who would make the presents. Does he make them? Does someone else? He must have elves.” “Right.” “In the movie, he has elves. I just [...]

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manifestation is in the details

December 6, 2008

Last night, I went out with my best friend. We strolled around Davis Sq. and I bought a few stocking stuffers and brainstormed about holiday gifts. I very much wanted to give something memorable and lasting, but not physical. Something that could strengthen us as a couple, but that’s not just about food and sex. [...]

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