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December 18, 2015
My favorite bits on what the holidays should really mean - Christmas Day in Deep River

"A man began enumerating all the things that had bothered him about his family at their last Christmas reunion: His brother had been overly critical of his wife, his father had watched television during most of the family conversations, his mother's cheerfulness had verged on hysteria, and his sister's children had been out of control. He summed up his reaction to the holiday by saying, 'I wouldn't mind spending Christmas with my family—if only they'd behave.' " —Jo Robinson and Jean Coppock Staeheli, Unplug the Christmas Machine ...

December 2, 2015
Book is in to the publisher - Photo_ravine_RWL-132

Hi everybody,

I've come up for air. I was working very hard the last several months, not only editing Connecticut Woodlands magazine for CFPA and Appalachia journal for the AMC, but finishing my book about Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter, Libertarians on the Prairie.

Writing a book like this after a decade and a half of research feels like bringing a new being into the world. It was a huge effort. Now I'm waiting for my editor to finish reading the manuscript, obtaining permissions for quotations and photographs, and thinking of what my next book project will be...

September 27, 2015
Sunday afternoon thoughts - IMG_2840

Here in southern California—er, I mean rainless Deep River, Connecticut—my husband and I visited for a few hours this afternoon with my sister Annie. She and her daughter, Shannon, were on their way back to New Jersey after a weekend spent relaxing in Rhode Island with our sister-in-law Julie. Something about walking around the neighborhood with sympathetic souls that makes a day wonderful. We share a kinship around being the only sisters in a family of boys, and two siblings who support each other through the changing tides of life. I love watching her care for her daughter...

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