When my daughter disappeared in our woods, I tried not to worry. But the reason surprised even me.
We just wrangled another science fair in our house. These are voluntary affairs at the elementary level in our district and prepping for one is an exhausting family ritual. I’m gratified that our kids usually want to do them, but adding a project to our busy evening agendas can get a bit stressful. In addition, […]
With the snow comes building a snow fort. Alone winner Zach Fowler has a great technique that’s workable for almost any amount of snow.
We’re in the middle of another weird winter in my area of the state. First it’s below zero, then it’s 40 and raining, then it’s an ice storm. We’ve had essentially no snow and the ice has been hit or miss. We can’t figure out what to do with ourselves and, especially, what to wear. […]
Ice skating success still eludes my kids, after years of trying. Perhaps I’ve got my approach all wrong.
Do you know how to make the perfect snow day? Here’s a post I wrote last year about how to kick back, relax, give up control, and enjoy.
I stood at the top of the mountain and looked out over the ocean and islands spread out below me. Snow sparkled in the sun and sank only an inch or so under the weight of my snowshoes, thanks to the perfect amount of crustiness from a day of melt. It was warm enough that […]
The kids and I had a very serious meeting this weekend, took stock of our outdoors activities in recent weeks, and we came to an important conclusion: This winter is kind of a dud so far. Yes, yes, lots of folks have snow, but we don’t. Not a touch of it on Mount Desert Island. […]
Snow is in the forecast and the possibility of a snow day is very good. This will be the first snow day of the school year for our district and I’m trying to remember how we survive them. Early on, I used to think snow days would involve a nicely balanced day of peaceful baking, […]
Maine is once again embroiled in a headline-grabbing debate that is pitting neighbor against neighbor and big government against the common man. This fight is even going to bring chaos to my own, normally peaceful house very soon. You see, I’m going to have to tell my daughter that I’m breaking a promise I made […]