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A Road Trip in a “Cozy House”


My husband, my two-year-old daughter and I had an adventure for the month of March.  We took a road trip across the U.S. For many years we wanted an RV of some sort,… Continue reading

A Lifetime of Learning


I was home-schooled until the 3rd grade.  My mother was the best teacher I ever had.  Teaching came naturally to her, perhaps because her mother was a teacher (my grandmother taught at Litchfield… Continue reading

Happiness in a Baby Book


I recently measured the happiness levels of my daily activities.  This is a practice I learned from Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment by Tal Ben-Shahar.  I had been enlightened by… Continue reading

Queen Latifah


Queen Latifah is one of my favorite actresses.  Not only is she funny & sassy, she also seems to be a genuinely good person.  I love the way she carries herself with confident… Continue reading

Shobhan Bantwal, Indian Romance Author


Shobhan Bantwal says she always heard that you should write what you know, and she knows Indian culture.  She calls her novels “Bollywood in a Book”.  What I like about her writing is that… Continue reading

4 Tips for Airplane Sickness/Anxiety


Despite my intense fear of flying, I have traveled thirty-one times by airplane in my young life.  After my first few terrible experiences with motion sickness, flying quickly became my most-hated experience in life.  For a few years I just refused… Continue reading

Daniel Pinkwater Warms up your Winter


When I was little my mother would read aloud to me and my siblings every day.  She picked a lot of fun books which I think is one of the reasons all of… Continue reading

The Versatility of a Uke


One day this past summer I was walking down a street in Vermont when I saw a folk musical instrument store.  I went inside and impulsively bought my first ukulele.  It is now my instrument… Continue reading

Anya Seton, My New Favorite Author


  A month ago a lovely Litchfield lady introduced me to my new favorite author, Anya Seton.  The first book I read was The Hearth and Eagle and I was instantly transfixed by Seton’s writing.  I was so engrossed in this book that I was… Continue reading

Rebecca Nurse, a Victim of the Salem Witch Trials


We recently found out that my husband is a descendant of Rebecca Nurse, one of the wrongly accused during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692.  Two weeks ago we visited her homestead in Danvers, MA and the Witch Trials… Continue reading

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