An Afternoon Solitude Ideal


The storm is blowing in cool, fresh air this afternoon through our back porch. It’s my favorite place to spend solitude during nap time (unless it’s stifling hot, and even then the sprawling tree shades and protects). 

Today I actually met my ideal of getting all the little ones down for naps at the same time. I’ve been learning from Leo Babauta (over at Zen Habits, and his new book “Letting Go”) about letting go of frustrating ideals. When I don’t get any solitude in the afternoon, I get cranky and unpleasant. While I’d like to guarantee that I ALWAYS get my quiet, it is better for me to learn to

LauriAn Afternoon Solitude Ideal

Learning from Laryngitis


I’ve been three days without a voice. Following a spring of allergies and catching colds, a bout with bronchitis left me silent. I could whisper, but not even much of that. It’s a strange feeling, not being able to laugh or talk or sing or call for someone. And even stranger to figure out family communication. 

How do we keep the children in line without a voice? How do we operate? How can we take care of each other? Here are some of the things I learned:

LauriLearning from Laryngitis