17 Rules of Pregnancy for Husbands (updated)

Updated for a friend who's wife is, well, confusing him . . . In Forest at the Edge of the World Joriana Shin sends her son a list of how he should behave when his wife is pregnant. A few points are mentioned in the book, but some readers have asked me to post the … Continue reading 17 Rules of Pregnancy for Husbands (updated)

Four solutions to Christmas shopping

Because I read that blogs should have lists, I've written one about how to get your last-minute Christmas shopping done WITHOUT shopping. (Which is more appropriate than "Four ways to unclog the mess in the toilet," because I have only three so far.) So how do you finish shopping? With FREE Kindle DOWNLOADS! (CAPS and … Continue reading Four solutions to Christmas shopping

Log Jam recipe, from a not-normally-a-cooking blog

She never understood her mother’s need to embellish everything, from her head to her food. Hycymum also insisted everything should be a meal. That meant taking three extra hours and twelve extra ingredients and stirring them into something no one would recognize anymore, then giving it a made up name like la-zhan-ya.  ~Forest at the … Continue reading Log Jam recipe, from a not-normally-a-cooking blog

I don’t like Jane Austen, and I’m so sorry about that

After years of shielding my pride, of trying to convince myself I’m of another persuasion, of losing my sensibilities in the attempt, I’ve finally come to the conclusion that I must, once and for all, admit the truth: I don’t particularly care for Jane Austen. Oh, how it pains me to write those words!  I … Continue reading I don’t like Jane Austen, and I’m so sorry about that

We don’t do Santa

We don’t do Santa at our house. Now, before you label me a killjoy, call social services because I'm a terrible mother, or weep for my children because I’ve lost the Christmas spirit and am destroying the holidays, allow me to explain myself. Then you can start sending the critical responses. I promise this won't … Continue reading We don’t do Santa