Max’s 7th Trip Around the Sun

Darling Max, Happy birthday, my sweet one! This is the first of my birthday letters that you can actually read.  What an accomplishment!  In fact, this whole 7th trip around the sun has been a litany of accomplishments for you.  Nana told me that six is the year of mastery, and sure as the sun rises every morning, she was right about that.  This year was the first time in your life where you forged your own path, while I played the breathless spectator, besotted with your

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Terra Firma



It is easy to take earth for granted. Who thinks about the solid ground beneath their feet? Not I.  Not often. On Saturday we brought home two young hens from a market where they had lived in a wire cage ever since hatching.  One chick, Sally, is missing some tail feathers.  We

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The Infinite 8



Dearest Andres, It's official; we survived the seven year itch! Personally, I didn't feel bitten last year, but the idea of a seven year itch always worried me.  When my friend called last year's anniversary Lucky #7, it assuaged my private fears.  After all, on a cellular level, we

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Oh Hoppy Day!



Easter began with a quick breakfast followed by a quick mass at the small church where Andres and I were married (almost 8 years ago).  We blew home over the Macarthur Causeway, arguably the most iconic and gorgeous road in Miami, the one that skims over glassy turquois water, past

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Marbled Paper Easter Craft



Here's a quick, fun, sophisticated, cheap, easy, and deliciously messy craft that is perfect for ages toddler through senior citizen. Yes, I realize that's a tall order.  But I can deliver. Marbled paper is easy to create, yet the results are simply stunning.  This craft can be done

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First Dance



My darling Max, Today you have your first dance.  You are six years old.  After lunch you will change into a white collared shirt, a blue bowtie and aqua shorts for the Spring Fling.  You have a Tweety Bird wallet with $2 tucked inside the fold for snacks. You were sick this week,

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Leprechaun Trap!



This year Jack had to set a leprechaun trap in kindergarten. A pot of gold was his bait! In the morning he was ready to go to school to check his trap, but first we had to snap his annual St. Patrick's Day portrait.  Look at the shamrocks around his feet.  I love Florida

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Silent Mother



  I haven’t spoken to my children in three days. Not an easy feat when they are five and six years old, but a necessary one because I have laryngitis.  It’s a common ailment for me; basically, I catch colds in my voice box.  It may have always been a vulnerable body part; I

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Book Love: My Stroke of Insight



Ever scribble down a title to a book based on an interview and forget all about it? It happens to me all the time. Recently I remembered just such a book, Jill Bolte Taylor's memoir, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey, which I had heard about in an Oprah

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Difference Between Alligators and Crocodiles



Alligators are old hat here in Florida. We see them all the time.  My kids have touched many babies whose jaws were taped shut.  I've never bicycled through Shark Valley without passing several gators in my path. But crocodiles...whew... they seem downright dangerous. I once attended an

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