Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thanks to my family doctor’s practice, I learned how simple it is to make applesauce. Apples, lemon juice, cinnamon and for kicks? A touch of black pepper.

I made a batch for Thanksgiving and now I can’t stop thinking about it.


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Mom watching Wonder

You know what’s a really good movie?

Wonder. (It’s currently included in Amazon Prime video streaming.)

May favorite part? How it tells a story from different perspectives. (Reminds me a tiny bit of This is Water.  That link is a paired down visualization of David Foster Wallace’s commencement speech for Kenyon College in 2005.)

Does the film predictively pull on the heartstrings?


And to that I say?


Pull hard.

More empathy, please.

(Mom’s review? “This is one of my favorite movies.”)


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

There will be lots of photos from my mom’s house in the coming days.

On this day, the light was so wonderful across the mantle.

The photo on the right is my grandmother and my mom when she was young.

On the left by the snowman? You can barely make out four generations of women, including my sister Robin and niece Gabrielle, at my nephews graduation.

Lots of strong women in our family.

I wouldn’t be the person I was without each of them.

From my grandmother, I value history. She was a voracious reader and knew important moments and characters that shaped our society.

From my mom, I discovered creativity. She can make a blank page meaningful.

From my sister, I get fortitude. She is the rock you cling to among shifting tides.

From my niece, I have optimism. She holds the future in such bright regard.

Related? I had a thought today between other thoughts…

All the traits you admire in other people? There is nothing holding you back from taking those traits for yourself.

I’m on it. I’m going to value history, revel in the joy of creativity, attempt to the be the rock for others and be super optimistic for the future that we make together.


Remaking a space

Monday, November 19, 2018

Findlay event space

Good folks I know are taking an old building in Findlay Market and remaking it into a new event space.

Today I took a peek inside.

It was day one.

They hooked up some lights and started to tear out all the old stuff.

It’s always neat to see things before, and again after.

And all along.

And after the after.

Clara’s first Christmas photoshoot

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Her mom started the casual photo session showing me Pinterest mood boards.

Bless your heart, Heather Brown.

The good news is that your spawn is adorable.

Holiday lights

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Back when we went to Blenko, I managed to sneak out this lamp.

Yes I paid for it, but mom didn’t notice the extra box at the time.

But sometimes you just need to give gifts early.

So we put it out along with a bunch of holiday decorations.

Brightened up her day, for sure.


Friday, November 16, 2018

The ice came

Thursday, November 15, 2018