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Boredom Schmoredom (with wooden blinds)

Kim John Payne, author of Simplicity Parenting, says boredom is the precursor to creativity. In an interview with founder and CEO of The Mother Company, Abbie Shiller, Mr. Payne suggests: Allow your children to be bored. I like to call it the … Continue reading

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Boredom Schmoredom (the fashion magazine)

Our girls are wizards of the pretend world. They can take any miniscule piece of factual information, or scrap of a semi-functional prop, and turn it into the grandest story line of all time. Often the premise is quite simple … Continue reading

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When Sisters Marry

  Our girls share a very active fantasy life. There are dragons and faeries, princesses and princes, mermaids and mystics, and magic in the ether around them, folding into their daily lives and influencing them as they move from one … Continue reading

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pt III of: ‘Member When

‘Member when Coco, who was “The Champ”, got dethroned by the Red Giant? Here she is folks, at just 9 months, Echo Manidra, “the Champ”, at the top of her game. In 2007, this feather weight dynamo was undefeated in … Continue reading

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Paradise is all in the Preparation

We went camping yesterday. It was a quickish trip — overnight, just about 40 minutes from our door — to Big Pine Campground, home of Montana’s largest known Ponderosa Pine (aptly named “Big Pine”). In addition to the large and … Continue reading

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The Confused Queen

Here she is, folks, the (dreaded) COnfused Queen, with her ™ lovely white dress — the full-length formal one with the four pink roses on the bodice, and the wide, layered collar. Her pretty, smiling face belies her unkind intentions. The … Continue reading

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No Time Lost (or Wasted)

After our delicious vacation to Alabama and Florida, we had to go a full week without Bella and Xi (“it’s important to share…”). And in the interim, Echo needed us to play with her more, of course. Then yesterday, once … Continue reading

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The Love Story of Bruce and Dolphene

This could get a little gratuitous… But I want to tell you a love story. Not just any love story, and not even necessarily my favorite love story (which would easily be the one Natalie and I are living out … Continue reading

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The Blessing of Boredom

Our dear friend and business partner, Kris Laroche, has often been inspired by and inspiring to our parenting. We have traded ideas back and forth, read many of the same books, and been mutually encouraged by each other along the … Continue reading

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See no Evil, Hear no Evil

In our home we don’t refer to anyone as “evil”. For us, it is virtually the same thing as referring to someone by a racial slur, or other non-specific derogatory appellation. Natalie and I made this choice on a heart-felt … Continue reading

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A Spring Faery in Pre-Summer Splendor

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