Food, Leisure, and Unexpected Wisdom: An Afternoon Outing in Savannah

Last Friday, I picked the boys up from school and headed into Savannah. As we crossed the Wilmington River, my seven-year-old impulsively rolled down his window and stuck his head out. “What are you doing?! Roll your window up!” He looked confused. “That’s not safe. All body parts must remain inside the vehicle at all…

The Blizzard’s Lesson

“Travel by foot. There is so much you can’t identify at top speed.” ~Cheryl Strayed (from Brave Enough, pg. 76) * Not quite two weeks ago, we were bracing for a blizzard here in Virginia. Two weeks ago tomorrow, it hit – and by the time it let up late Saturday night, we were literally…

A Surprise Gift of Perspective for the New Year

  Maggie’s last post got me thinking about New Year’s Resolutions, something I have a hard time with because I typically make them either too stringent (I WILL WORK OUT FOR 2 HOURS, 6 DAYS A WEEK) or too loosey-goosey (I’ll exercise…more.) Two weeks in I feel like a failure, when the reality is that…

The Sounds of Life

, “There was a dream, and one day I could see it. Like a bird in a cage I broke in and demanded that somebody free it.” — Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise  ~The Avett Brothers The carefree singing drifting from my six-year-old’s bedroom forced a pause in an otherwise frantic afternoon. I stopped…

A Holiday Visit to the US Botanic Garden

I’m so pleased to be publishing my very first Live. Snap. Write. post today! Jenni wrote a wonderful introduction to the site, describing what we’re doing here and how this all came to be. (Check it out here!) And I found myself thinking about one specific line from that post when I was putting together…