Sunday, November 25

The Alphabet Times Two

You may remember these letters that I made for Kiran's room when he was a baby. They led to some others.
And others.
Letters for people of all ages.
This batch is just half of the letters I'll be working on before Christmas.
The alphabet times two.

Wednesday, November 21

A Traditional Thanksgiving

I've heard that salmon, certain birds and monarch butterflies return to the place of their birth. Well, somewhere in the beginning of my family's life story, someone must have been born in a kitchen. For every special occasion -- holidays, birthdays, reunions and the inevitable passing -- calls us to a kitchen, with family and friends crowded around a table of preparations, continuing an endless conversation percolated by a stove covered with simmering pots.

Our family legacy is one of prairies, cattle and corn . . . Frontier women splitting stovewood in skirts . . . It's the aroma of baking . . . Spicing life with a pinch of salt . . . And sweetening the pot, either for dessert or for a game of cards.

 Tomorrow will be no exception. The kitchen will be full with the smell of roasted turkey and stuffing; the happy sounds of laughter and children's squeals will bounce off the walls. When the table is cleared, the men I love will warm themselves by the glow of a Thanksgiving football game . . . and cards will replace the empty plates on the table.
Almost exactly as it's been done around here for generations.

 Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 5

Charity Auction to Benefit Sandy Victims

Seth Apter -- artist, author of The Pulse and blogger at The Altered Page -- is a New Yorker.

His city was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy last week. In an effort to help those who've suffered, Seth will be auctioning off art bundles. The first one is on his blog right now.

The proceeds of these auctions will go to The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. Donations will support immediate aid needs -- including water, food and hygiene supplies -- as well as long-term relief and restoration efforts. One hundred percent of donations are being dispersed to relief organizations and their efforts.

If you do not wish to bid, but want to donate, here is a link to the fund's donation page. If you are unable to donate, please spread the word.

Thank you.

Saturday, November 3

For Chris, who asked about Atticus

I haven't written about Atticus much recently. Not for any particular reason, really.
He used to be featured here once a week when we were keeping K on Thursdays. They were so darn cute together.
Now there are three Littles, and we don't get to watch them as often as before. Life gets busy, but Atticus is still here. Still entertaining us. Still interested in the kids.
And they're still interested in him.

 * Scout's still here too, and is still steering clear of the kids and the camera.