Skate Park

The kids have been obsessed lately with skate parks, sometimes with scooters and sometimes with bikes. Check them out on the ramps!

Escape Artist

Yesterday we were all outside when Mina asked me to put her in the car. She said she wanted to play. I opened the front door, but she said no, she wanted to get in the back. I closed the…

Self Portrait

Here is Mina’s latest. She has captured her swoosh and skirt perfectly. And the toes!

The Many Faces of Bartleby

This evening Linus asked about when we moved last year (only last year?!): did we carry Bartleby in our arms or put her in a box? I honestly couldn’t remember, and Yen pointed out that while Bartleby had always been…



We have been plagued by chipmunks this summer. They chewed their way into our shed where I keep the birdseed. They made a nest under the deck. And I can see them eyeballing our young tomato plants. There was much…

Unicorn by Mina

Our little artist is still hard at work. Here she is showing off her latest masterpiece. She says it’s a unicorn giving birth to a baby unicorn. So there you go.

Tower Saw

This is an off-label use of Circuits Jr, but it works. Linus calls this game Tower Saw because you make a tower and he builds a saw to knock it down. Hours of fun!

Anh David and the Boulder Thief

I relayed to the kids a story David told me recently. Linus was so entranced I’ve had to tell it at least 10 times. Tonight he made a movie of it.

Two Monkeys at Home

Two Monkeys at Home

I realized one day that Yen hadn’t processed photos since January and started pressuring him. One morning I told him: Enough! Take a bunch of close-study photos of the kids and process everything tonight! As you’ve seen from the last…

April 2020

April 2020

People I work with keep joking about gaining “the covid 19” – a poor-taste nod to the fact that we’re all baking so much. It’s certainly true in our house (though I’m pleased to say that none of us has…

March 2020

March 2020

Back in early February I read a book about the virtues of an unprocessed, plant-based diet. Since then we have largely been eating this way – with exceptions for the kids’ milk and yogurt, of course. They really haven’t minded…

February 2020

February 2020

February begins, not with Linus and Mina, but with Bartleby. I don’t know how she managed to hitch a ride to Wegmans, but once there she managed to continue her journey by riding on the cart lift. With all of…


We all painted pictures of volcanos. Two are Linus’s. Can you guess?

Art in the Woods

Doesn’t Linus look proud? Well, he should! This is a trail near our house. We hike it about once a week right before dinner. There’s a little off-shoot with the remains of an old foundation, and often people pile sticks…

January 2020

It’s 72 degrees and sunny as I write this, but try to think back when it was old and the sun was setting at 4pm. There. Now you’re in the mood for some late Christmas carols. And now that you’ve…