On Life

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This has been a really rough year. One for the books, for sure. My patience has been stretched, my awareness has been blown wide open, and I feel like we're on the precipice of something...big. Change, I think, is coming. Of course, it's easier to look forward — to change, to hope — when you're one of the lucky ones....

Weekend 12.12

A little reflection on how to show up this season & holiday plans, plus UGG boots, sales at Anthro & NAADAM, + a few more fun ideas.
“What should I write about??” I ask my husband. He shrugs, absently. Pax spares me the briefest of glances. “I dunno…Mom….” his voice trailing off as he gets absorbed back into his game. I stomp around, annoyed by being ignored. When no one looks up I demand, “WELL?  SERIOUSLY?” Three startled pairs of eyes look at me. “No one has ANY ideas??” Pax...

Weekend 11.14

B/n celebrations, COVID & 2021 candles, contemplating the limbo preceeding the new year. BUT gift shops & Black Friday shopping offer light — let's go.
I didn’t believe her, at first. “Scotti,” I said into the phone, “the New York Times is NOT showing that he won. I keep refresh—“  “Shane” she interrupted, impatiently. “The AP just called it. It’s over.” A clanging sound started, coming through our bedroom window from the street below. Mike slid the window open and we peered out. Our neighbor, Julie, was in...
Nurse, parent & faithful reader Elizabeth Rafter shares her fashion must-haves, style inspo, pandemic hopes & more in this lifestyle interview. Join us!
If there's one thing we love about this job of ours, it's that this blog has developed a strong sense of community. Y'all help us find the best sales (looking at you, Facebook Insiders), suggest pieces to replace old faithfuls in our closets, and share the weird and wild stories of motherhood (or life) that make us laugh, knowing...

Weekend 10.31

With Election Day 2020 looming & police violence + racial reckoning protests continuing, we're pondering the outcome, as well as some fun, chic holiday gifts.
I sit up in bed, bleary-eyed, as Mike hands me my coffee. “Thanks, Baby,” I say, taking a sip. The coffee is hot, and after a few more sips, I can fully open my eyes. Mike opens the shades, and I squint at the sudden light. “I have to write my weekend post this morning,” I tell him. Mike plants a quick...
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I had a lot of luck when I first repatriated after six years of living overseas. One of the most serendipitous meetings occurred when I used to ferry my daughter to preschool on the bus from our neighborhood to Chinatown, when I often spoke with another mother named Tara. She gave me all sorts of raising-kids-in-the city tips, but...

Weekend 10.17

We're on the value of 1 person, 1 vote, + Black Friday deals, an Everlane sweatpants suit, pretty layering necklaces — & uh...socks on sale.
On Friday, we voted. It was raining, it was cold, but there was still a tentative feeling of hope in the air. The line at City Hall was long but everyone looked...determined. In a roll up your sleeves, Let's Do This kind of way. The thing about voting is that the actual act itself — once over —...
My friend Natalie Nixon joined me for a quick visit, a little grub, and a new introduction last night. Inside secret: along with an imaginary Instagram account (of epic proportions), we also create imaginary graphic t-shirts from the best things we hear everyday. Words from Marian Wright Edelman (through Nat's voice last night) were immediately (mentally?) added to our...

Weekend 10.10

Thoughts on being both a U.P. girl & an insufferable East Coaster, plus NAADAM cashmere, CRISPR, The Creativity Leap & some stunning eye cream.
The U.P. of Michigan is a wild, beautiful place. I spent a childhood with unlocked doors, and “sneaking” onto private beaches for morning runs (Hi, Mrs. Retaskie), and mosquito bites and smelt runs and a healthy fear of The Great Lakes during a storm.   It is a conservative country, where guns are important…but so are the lakes. When we...

Weekend 10.3

Extraordinary claims need extraordinary evidence. We're talking unicorns & moon landings, plus Voloshin, sustainable tees & Halloween.
Pax is lounging back in his chair, glasses on, ear buds in, eyeing the screen critically. He’s on a Zoom call with his science class.  Suddenly, he leans forward and hits unmute. “Question: can the animal be magical?” His little face is serious, listening. After a few seconds he nods, “Yes. Thank you.” He then hits ‘mute,’ and leans back...

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