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We live in the hayloft of an old barn with our four kids and rambunctious puppy. Robbi’s dad and Matthew’s mom live on the same street.

Open House

Open House

We live in a small town with a big heart. The people of Chestertown put so much energy and effort into making this community an interesting place to live, including the public schools. Last night, our family drove out to the high school for the yearly Open House. On...

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How to Know When Christmastime is Over

How to Know When Christmastime is Over

In our house, it's easy to tell when the holidays have overlived their welcome. It's that day we wake up and look at the tree and look at the ocean of brown needles that have gathered at its base and slide open the sliding glass door and tell the tree that, we're...

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The End of the Year

If you will indulge me, I want to look back on the end of the year that was. Let's turn the dial to Thanksgiving day, 2015. At the appointed hour, we scampered down the street to my mom's house. It was warm enough to travel without coats. We had eaten small breakfasts...

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A Reminder to Myself at the Start of a New Year

A Reminder to Myself at the Start of a New Year

It has been weeks since my last post. And yet life has been full and worthy of documentation. I'm not precisely sure why I haven't taken the time to let you in on the fun. Perhaps it is the result of so many long days and short nights. Or blogging exhaustion in the...

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Last Day of 39; First Day of 40

Last Day of 39; First Day of 40

It was our second full day in Guatemala. I woke first, because I always wake first. While Robbi did her sleeping thing, I tiptoed down the cobbled jungle pathway. And there was the lake in all its early morning majesty. I kept pinching myself. Was I really here? In...

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Brunch of Champions

Brunch of Champions

We are lucky to have some very good friends here in Chestertown. Yesterday, we got together with two families we love very much for a celebration of great company and truly remarkable lox. Our hosts were Amy and Glenn. Amy teaches at the boys' Montessori school and is...

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Day in the City

Day in the City

Monday night, we drove to New York. We had a busy day of meetings planned for Tuesday (with the titans of publishing!) and decided we'd probably better get to the city early enough to get a good night's sleep. We drove the turnpike feeling slightly adrift....

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The Last Week Or So

The Last Week Or So

Every morning, I drive the boys out to Friendship Montessori School, where they spend the day in a room full of people who love them and teach them to love learning and and how to read and why it's important to treat other people with love and respect. This is all...

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Last Trip of the Fall

Last Trip of the Fall

We had planned to have a quiet, stay-at-home kind of fall. For whatever reason, this did not come to pass. Yet there's little to complain about. Our adventures have been of the energizing variety. Last Thursday we headed south, bound for Douthat State Park, an idyllic...

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