When I looked in our toy box, I was mortified by what I discovered.

The week before my daughter’s first birthday, I casually inventoried her toys. She had a fine compilation of blocks, a new selection of play trucks after being enamored with her four-year old cousin’s fleet of four-wheeled machines, and a small company of well-loved baby dolls. As I reviewed her collections, I was mortified when I […]

Babies, adult beverages, and banter at the Little Tap House

It’s a typical post-Saint Patrick’s Day pub scene in Portland: the Dropkick Murphy’s play on the loudspeakers as friends gather around whisky barrel style tables, sipping craft beer and cocktails, and chatting about their weekends. There is one detail, however, that makes this event decidedly different from any of the pub events that I have […]

Twelve ways to snowgasm

While many people used doomsday speech like “snowmageddon” to refer to the seemingly endless flakes filling our shovels, our yards, and our lives, others observed each falling flake with glee and immediately took to social media to celebrate this unexpected “snowgasm.”  With a day of partial sunshine forecasted for Friday, it is time for those […]

Peaceful protest in Portland

Yesterday my husband, daughter, and I joined approximately ten-thousand men and women from across Maine as they peacefully protested in Portland in solidarity with people around the globe in their advocacy for the rights of women, LGBTQIA, immigrants, the disabled, and other minority groups.  My nine-month-old daughter doesn’t know it yet, but the divisive election […]