One of the interesting things about writing a handy guidebook for this planet is that what Earthlings want to know doesn't vary all that much from year to year. The 10 most-viewed articles this year were first published between 2008 and 2013 (though they've all had updates), and that blood-type article alone has been read … Continue reading Top 10 New Articles of 2014
For some reason, growing a new life makes me want to read books I've never read before. Starting last fall during my exhausted queasy phase and continuing up until now, when Lydia is seven months old, I've reread only a few books and read many more that were new to me. Only a few of … Continue reading 28 Book Reviews!
Ah, December, the month when the days are getting shorter and shortest as we try to pack in shopping, parties, preparations for hospitality or travel, and tranquil spiritual contemplation along with all our usual activities! It makes a kid who persistently wants attention all the more annoying. The December my son Nicholas turned two, I … Continue reading The Nutcracker: music for the imagination
Back in 2007, I wrote about the little tree Daniel and I, with the help of former housemate Bill, made for our first Christmas together, back in 1996. Made mostly of repurposed materials, this is a great alternative to cutting down a real tree or using a factory-made artificial tree. It's still going strong! I'm finally … Continue reading Our Green Christmas Tree (now with photos!)