For the love of craft supplies

Typically when I walk into the craft supply store, I work hard to keep myself focused on the project at hand. I ignore the rows of colorful markers, the patterned card stock and the amazing textures of yarn that I don't even know how I would use. I don't want to fall...

That time an angel showed up in my driveway

During the past couple of weeks, my son and I have been collaborating to create a short film for a local film fest. I wrote the screenplay, and he has been focusing on his strengths of directing, cinematography and editing. I've spent most of my "extra" time this week...

All of my gorilla knowledge wrapped up in a blog post

Up until three weeks ago, I could take all of the facts I knew about gorillas and fit them neatly into one sentence. These days, I am an entire blog post full of gorilla knowledge, especially when it pertains to the specific family of gorillas living at the Brookfield...
When weeds become trees

When weeds become trees

One of the things we were most excited about when we moved to our new house was the back yard. It was larger than the yard at our old house with a peaceful view of a 67-acre prairie right behind us. And we had trees. Lots and lots of trees. For anyone who lives in...

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A perfectly imperfect kind of day

A perfectly imperfect kind of day

If you live in the Chicago area, then you are probably like us and make at least one trip a year out to a state park that makes you feel like you are a million miles away from suburban life. Well, now that we moved, I realized we live almost on the same street as this...

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Summer in Opposite World

Summer in Opposite World

I can't believe we are almost in the last month of summer. Other than that small detail of moving, we have had the most low-key, slow paced summer I can remember. We didn't create a big list of places to go and things to do. We aren't going on vacation in the first...

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