Monthly Archives: November 2012


He is already long, like his father, with the sloping shoulders and the way his legs sometimes surprise me. I never remember them being as long as they are. He cannot roll his Rs and so speaks with what might … Continue reading

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thanksgiving and all things butter based

The Thanksgiving baking started a week early when the American moms at my kids’ school put together a turkey lunch for the kids and I volunteered to make two batches of Thanksgiving-themed sugar cookies for it. Unsurprisingly, we were unable … Continue reading

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staging thanksgiving in italy

Thanksgiving used to be my favorite holiday. This is what I love about it: the expressions of gratitude, the central focus of spending it with loved ones, the way it marks the beginning of the holiday season, meaning I can … Continue reading

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slowing down

Yesterday I ran a nice half marathon a few towns over, after a miserable one the weekend before. Yesterday was to make up for the agony of running in the rain and wind on flooded country roads with nearly three … Continue reading

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superior nettles

The trees in town are competing to put on the most spectacular show, almost all of them, except my big, strong nettle trees, which are above it all. There are golden leaves over every wall, in every park, and they … Continue reading

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I’ve tried to write about it but nothing seems to capture what it was. Not perfect, and not without the occasional temper tantrum, but good, so so good. We could have stayed another four days. (I could have stayed forever.)

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