By day, I'm a cooking teacher, foster parent, cog in the nonprofit machine, and poet. By night, I'm a creature of the internet. My soul is that of a grumpy cat who'd rather be sleeping.
Basha’s stall smelled the way it always had: comfort and dust, soiled straw and the particular low-grade dread of a daily chore. Trina let her gaze wander the barn, letting each familiar stall and tool settle her. She noticed, with some satisfaction, that though the barn had been recently repainted, the painter had skipped the spot on the stall door that marked a succession of years and heights. Some people measured their kids in the house. Trina’s parents marked the passing of ages and inches in the place she felt most at home.
Here is a beautiful sight - a busy worker at a klobasa stand, the Czech's mighty response to the pitiful American hot dog. These things are large and delicious, and I never, ever want to know what's in them. You can choose to eat them in a soft bun, or plain on a paper plate, with a slice of chleba (bread) to sop up the grease and mustard.
Zen And The Art Of Making Sauerkraut When The World's On Fire
Hush. Scrape. Hush. Scrape. That's sound of a single blade against leaf after leaf. It's late spring, or early fall. There's probably a thunderstorm about to break. The kitchen is quiet, and there's nothing but me and the sauerkraut.
How to Tell An Awesome Bedtime Story
In addition to reading to kids, telling stories is an important part of how kids learn everything from reading skills to cultural values. The stories we tell reflect the things we want kids to absorb and reflect as they grow up.
Story of the Day
I grew up loving books. Our bedtime story shelf was robust, colorful, haphazard and overflowing. We had many of the classics, and a great selection of rarer gems, thanks to my grandmother, who worked for a major children's publishing company.
Off the Map
Of course, she had to work the night her children were taken. Work had gotten her into this mess – without anyone to watch the kids after school, she’d switched to night shifts, working as a security guard. It paid well enough, and her shift started at 9 p.m. – an early bedtime for 11-year-old Jayla, but she understood. She’d done the right thing, calling the cops when eight-year-old Elijah had woken up with a nasty asthma attack.
When The Fish Can't Find The River
I have never held a gun. I didn't grow up in gun culture. I didn't live in a place where kids played sanctioned hooky on the first day of hunting season. No one I knew had a gun safe in their house, a rack on their car.
Seven Little Camping Tips That Make a Big Difference
Did you know there over ten thousand state parks across the United States? Many of them have campsites available to in-state campers for just a few dollars a day! As kids get out of school and the summer really takes off, it's time to consider camping - the perfect socially-distant outdoor adventure. Whether you're a camping veteran or have never pitched a tent, here are seven things you can learn from my experience - and save yourself some trouble.