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Darren and I met in French class, in 1988 at Kennebecasis Valley High School, in New Brunswick, Canada.  I had just moved there with my parents when my Dad’s job transferred him there.  We dated from 1988 to 1993, when I left college in my second year, and had to return to the United States, since I could not work in… Read more »

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Darren and I met in French class, in 1988 at Kennebecasis Valley High School, in New Brunswick, Canada.  I had just moved there with my parents when my Dad's job transferred him there.  We dated from 1988 to 1993, when I left college in my second year, and had to return to the United States, since I could not work in… Read more »

Post-Holiday Ick

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The new laptop we got for Christmas was really nice while were stuck in bed with the flu.  The day after Christmas found us with two sick kids.  It was a long night, but at least we made it until later on Christmas day before anyone felt really bad.  Joe and Zofia started the round of illness with fevers, coughing… Read more »

Christmas Day 2012

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Today marked our ninth Christmas here in Maryland. We’ve enjoyed every year, watching the kids holiday wonderment and sharing this time together. This season, we hosted a fun holiday potluck for our vegetarian MeetUp group on the 23rd, and that launched us into a feeling of festiveness and holiday cheer. On Christmas Eve, Flo got her wish, as a few… Read more »

Holiday Greetings 2012

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Season’s Greetings!  It’s Christmas Eve day, and we just headed outside to try to get a family picture, and it started to snow!  So, we all got a little silly, and this is as good as it gets!  Twenty years from now, there will be no regrets about not dressing up properly and heading to a photography studio, because I’ll… Read more »

Family Circle ~ Winter Solstice 2012

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Despite the apocalyptic predictions, we survived the day, and rounded it out with a family circle meeting to celebrate our fortitude. The house was a mess, and everyone was tired, but we cleared a space, embellished it with our yuletide creativity, and honored this longest night of the year. We gave the kids each a special scented holiday candle, made… Read more »

Circle of Gratitude – Thanksgiving 2012

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Today's "Circle of Gratitude" rounded out our quiet and relaxing Thanksgiving day festivities, which started with a short visit from Grandma and Tom. They stayed and chatted for an hour or so, before heading off to their “traditional” buffet dinner at a local restaurant. After our happy holiday guests departed, we sat down for a little family “gratitude circle,” to… Read more »

Family Circle ~ October 1, 2012

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“We are calling the circle and invite you to join us. We yearn for a safe place within which to be authentic, trusting, caring, and open to change. We are searching for a way of life that embraces wisdom and compassion as its core principles. By “wisdom” we mean deep insight into the interdependence of all phenomena, into the ways… Read more »

Family Circle ~ August 12, 2012

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Today we had a quick meeting, mainly to focus on goals for the upcoming "school" year. I can't believe this is our 8th year of homeschooling! In our "Journal of Goodness," we wrote down some of our favorite Summer memories and things we are looking forward to in the last few weeks of Summer this year. We also talked about… Read more »