Porch Project

Decembers are a particularly festive (and busy) time of year in our house – three family birthdays fall between the 12th and 25th, and that is on top of the exciting (and obligatory) holiday bustle (insert reminder that I am woefully behind on Christmas shopping). I am so very much looking forward to hosting family…

Cary’s First Death – a Year Later

It’s hard to believe a year has passed – this surreal experience feels simulaneously like just yesterday and a lifetime ago. In the months of processing the emotional madness, I wrote the start to the story of Cary’s First Death. I am met with a body ravaged by an invisible storm of symptoms impossible to…

Wintery Waterfront?

This loop from the Hawthorne Bridge to the Steele and back again has been a staple for the better part of my life since I worked for Brownstein, Rask (an atrociously old-school law firm riddled with frat boys playing grownups with their weighty paychecks amidst the grab ass, ego petting, and sexual harassment) as a…

Happy December

Another successful Thanksgiving holiday is in the books – think overloads of delicious food, beach sunsets, Just Dance on the Wii, Scattegories, coastal range driving dusted in snow, and a hint of family drama that left me wishing I had embraced greater grace. The weather was stunning in Rockaway (cold but unflinchingly clear) – this…

Roasted Broccoli Soup

Soup season is well under way, and on a cold day I love the comfort of a bowl of steamy creamy, savory broccoli soup. This time I added an exta kick of satisfying flavor by roasting, rather than simply steaming, the broccoli florets. I sauteed the onions, garlic, carrots, and celery while the broccoli was…

A Night at the Alberta Rose

Cary joined several local and traveling musicians for a festive night of tunes, jigs, singing, and dancing at the Alberta Rose Theater this week. I was joined by sweet friends and sisters, Maggie & Olivia. The crowd loved the highly talented entertainment. Neve spent the evening perched on a loft in the green room, enjoying…

Activism in Motion

Another bustling week is underway, and a dominant theme in our household is my volunteer work for Moms Demand Action. Tonight, I’ll be co-hosting our second SE Portland group meeting with fellow board members, Colette and Amy. I’ll be presenting strategies on how to engage in fact-base discourse about gun violence prevention with gun owners…

The Memory of Magic

The last several days our house has been filled with the music of Winifred Horan’s new album, The Memory of Magic. From French tunes, original pieces, and lullabies to bluegrass jams, it is a listening delight inspired by this remarkable artist’s earliest memories – before she was aware of life’s hardships, when magic was still…

Election Reflection

Another off-year election is in the bag. While Democrats have cause to celebrate, there is also well-found reason to proceed with extreme caution advancing toward the 2020 Presidential campaign. (A recent NY Times poll shows Trump easily able to beat any of the three front runners were the election held today.) Major victories for the…

Candy Apple Plates

This year’s Halloween celebration was not complete without a variation on candied apples for Neve’s third grade class party. It took a whole lot of apple slicing, a little creativity in selecting toppings. and ended with such a fun, festive, and tasty snack! I found Honey Crisp apples on sale for $1.99/lb. and the kids…