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Quick Break

Hello friends; 

Just a quick note to explain my absence on here for a bit.  I’m enjoying the last few weeks of summer with my family and am “doing” and “being” rather than writing for the moment.  I’ll be back to writing by the end of August/early Fall  but for now taking a little downtime for crafts, walks, games, movies, outside play and thinking!  I hope you enjoy the next few weeks; keep breathing and loving!


On Wednesday, I shared with you the process of making a personalized dollhouse for our little daughter. Now, courtesy of my husband’s blog,, I would like to share with you his take on Daddy-Daughter Dollhouse play. It’s funny, it’s unique, and of course, it involves everyone’s favorite Star Wars action figures (some of which have been passed on to V from her Daddy’s own play days). Please take the time to read the post, Playing Dolls, Star Wars Style from my husband, M, and if you like it, be sure to let him know in the comment section!

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So my wife decorated a beautiful dollhouse for our daughter (V), and we have several types of dolls for her to play with.  Some are traditional, some, well, aren’t.  One day, V asked me to “play dollies” with her, so I opted for the Star Wars bunch (thanks grandma!).  After explaining the scenarios in each room, my wife wanted to take pictures and asked me to write a blog about the story I created.  What follows is, to the best of my recollection, the events that transpired that fun-filled evening. (Click on the images for a closer look…if you dare!)

Our first room shows what might have happened had Luke listened to Yoda and not rushed off to confront Vader and if Han Solo did not survive the carbonite freezing process.  Perhaps Luke and Leia might have realized their  unintentionally-taboo feelings for each other.  I’m sure both would be…

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“Heresies in [politics] can rarely be cured by persecution.” -Hamilton (via Glitnir76’s Blog)

I don’t often talk politics on my site. I don’t have the time to do the level of research necessary for me to feel comfortable offering a current, and intelligent perspective. Also, I know that political discussions are sensitive and can be divisive and destructive to a blog (or a relationship) if not properly moderated. As I do not have the expertise to do that, I leave the political dialogue to my husband, who has a B.S. in Political Science and a M.A. in History. I often feel like he has taken the words out of my mouth and spoken them so much more eloquently and more informative than I could have been. This particular topic is a call to address our current political gridlock and bridge the divide between parties. With our current economic struggles and other woes, I think it is a perfect time to band together, and so I hope that my readers, poets and mothers, will take time away from our usual conversations to read thoughtfully on this new topic over at Glinir76.

“Heresies in [politics] can rarely be cured by persecution.” -Hamilton So I want to talk politics for a minute. Before you skim over the rest of this post assuming my usual take on the subject, let me assure you that this one is different from my usual fare. There are good reasons why politics and religion are often barred from dinner conversation. Mostly, we get all hopped up on our point of view and that adrenaline or emotional overload can lead to the abandonment of what would otherwise be a reasonable conversati … Read More

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“We’ll throw away the TV. We’ll perform Shakespeare in front of him. ” -Parenthood (via Glitnir76’s Blog)

A post from my amazing husband; one I think every parent, working outside or inside the home can relate to. I hope you enjoy, and if you do, please check out more of his work at

This past weekend I felt like a failure as a parent.  The week before zapped me of my energy (work and no sleep), and my normally short patience seemed to be non-existent.  Unfortunately this manifested itself several times with my daughter (V). First, after several successive tirades of V willfully disobeying me and then throwing something I perceive as valuable on the floor, I came very close to spanking her.  This is something I’ve never done— … Read More

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