Flutterby 7

A collection of what’s winged its way across my path and got me thinking, grinning and gearing up.

Up a tree.
Up a tree.

Start Looking by Jill Robbins: “I don’t run to the doctor over every ache and bump but I’m quick to climb the crazy tree with my good friend “what-if”. I’ll scale that tree with amazing speed, although it’s not too hard to talk me back down, especially if you have booze or chocolate.” That is so me, plus there’s some really good stuff here about appreciating what’s right in front of you.

The Identity Crisis of Motherhood by Meredith at Perfection Pending: Every mama can tell you about her days of doubt, her days of wondering “Does what I do matter?” Those of us who stay home with our kiddos often wonder what life would have been like had we pursued one or another of our dreams. Meredith turns the focus inward, giving us her insights into the small but beautiful world that defines who she is right now: Mom.

Typewriters and their owners: famous authors at work – in pictures: I can’t imagine using a typewriter to actually produce an essay, article or story of any kind since I’m constantly self-editing and correcting. It’s a lost art, to be sure and these black and white photos make it look very romantic indeed.

You “Can’t Imagine Life Without Kids?” I Can by Susie Meserve: Susie says what you’re not really supposed to say: yes, I can imagine life without my kids and no, that doesn’t make me a bad mom. Deal.

Things Children Do That Are Unacceptable for Adults to Do: Hysterical.

Horoscopes for People With Children on The Ugly Volvo: “Having kids can be rough, but is it always going to be this rough? Is it going to get easier in the upcoming months? Check out your horoscope and find out what the stars have in store for you!” I’m a Pisces and it’s not looking good.

Gray Hair and Silver Linings by Frank Bruni: I’m pretty sure I have a writer crush on New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Frank Bruni. Here’s his take on getting older: “More than before, you’re able to find the good in the bad. You start to master perspective, realizing that with a shift in it — an adjustment of attitude, a reorientation of expectations — what’s bothersome can evaporate and what only seems to be urgent really isn’t.”

Playdates Made Easy With This Convenient Form for Moms by Dr. Samantha Rodman: This is hilarious and sadly, for me and my playdate-less three-year-old, much needed.

Reading Our Way to the Revolution: On her new blog, Gloria Steinem recommends: “…books that have been life-giving to me and to people I meet as I travel around the country…You might say these are the kind of books that—once we read them—we are not quite the same people as we were before.” Her insights are interesting and smart.

Lilah catching a nap after being awake in the middle of the night.
Lilah catching a nap after being awake in the middle of the night.

The Science of Children’s Sleep: Sleep is at a premium in my house. My three-year-old has taken to waking in the wee hours of the morning and staying up for an hour or so. My 12-year-old doesn’t hit the pillow until about 10 p.m. due to late sports practices and homework. My 9-year-old stays up reading. Here’s what studies show about the effects of children’s increasing lack of sleep.


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