Weekend retreat

The idea of coming together with other writers -- some friends, some strangers -- for an entire weekend away from the stressful realities of life felt both exhilarating and terrifying. It is something I need: space to think, to read, to write, without distractions and in a place that promised inspiring scenery. At home, I... Continue Reading →

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Time for an upgrade?

Twenty years. That's how long it's been since I graduated from college. My reunion was this past weekend, and I decided to skip all the formal stuff and attend the free, kid-friendly Fall Fest with my boys. Last year we went with my sister (graduate school, class of '08) but she had a race this... Continue Reading →

Passing on the torch… or not…

I love to cook. Our household has its share of dietary challenges, which means a fair amount of time and effort is required for meal planning and prep. I've been a vegetarian for 26 years and recently eliminated dairy. Oldest prefers an "everything plain" diet and actively describes certain foods (grapes for example) as his... Continue Reading →

Then and now

My high school reunion is this weekend. 25 years. A quarter of a century. A long, long time ago in a place right around the corner from where I now live. (Apparently you CAN go home again.) Hubs and I had fun at my 20th. We drank, we mingled, some pranksters switched their senior photo... Continue Reading →

Happy Camper

I love camping. Fresh air, campfires, afternoon naps in the sun. The blissful escape from routine. Back in the days before kids, hubs and I camped all over the state. We weren’t very adept when we started out—on our first trip we forgot pillows and other essentials and had to drive to a nearby mega... Continue Reading →

Caravan of Composition turns ONE!

Happy Blogiversary to me! A little over ten years ago, on my oldest son's second birthday, I started a blog. We had recently moved back to Buffalo after living all over the country, and I had that "new mom who wants to talk about her kid all the time" thing going on. Also, CAKE. My... Continue Reading →

Dog days

Happy summer everyone!! Back in my teaching days, the end of June meant two months of sleeping in, but now that I work over the summer, it's more about the shifting of routines. Instead of heading off to school, the boys head off to camp. We still have to get up, make lunches, and get... Continue Reading →

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