The Daily B

Storytelling and Misadventures

August 16, 2018

a vegetable garden in the desert

  It's taken a few years of getting used to the climate, but we're finally feeling brave enough to try growing our own veggies. While many parts of the country are winding down their gardening season, ours is ramping up. High temps are dipping below 100...

August 16, 2018

a few thoughts on burying your goldfish

There are parenting moments you prepare for. You read books, talk with other parents, research and form opinions. Breastfeeding. Potty training. Screen time. Discipline. Helicopter vs. free-range. Even before you hold your first child, you think about these things. Then, there are other moments also common...

August 16, 2018

peach pickers

The tradition: The day after school lets out we make a trip to the peach orchard. This year, I underestimated the kids' reach and ability to pick peaches quickly. The result? In less than 30 minutes, they'd picked 29 pounds. We have a lot of work ahead...

August 16, 2018

The Patchwork Mother

I'm re-posting an essay I wrote a few years ago for Mama Moderne. It's as true today as it was then, and some recent face-to-face conversations with friends made me realize how many women have complicated relationships with their mothers, and how many have wrapped...

August 16, 2018

IKEA hack art station

Lately, the kids' art projects have been taking over the whole house. Everywhere I step, there's evidence of coloring, cutting, gluing, painting, folding. I love it. And I hate it, because it's EVERYWHERE. Marker scribbles on my desk. Scissors on my favorite vintage dresser. Crayons and...

August 16, 2018

cousins

The kids are so in love.My brother and sister-in-law had a baby boy, Simon, in November and we had the opportunity to travel to Little Rock and meet him for the first time over spring break. Simon made my kids cousins for the first time,...