The Not-So-Little Match Girl

The Not-So-Little Match Girl

Matches.  Matchbooks.  Matchboxes. Tiny little nothings made to be used and thrown away.  So utilitarian most people don’t give them a second thought. But not me.  I love matchbooks.  And I love collecting them.

Holey Crap!  Don’t Throw That Out!

Holey Crap! Don’t Throw That Out!

It’s been a lo-o-o-ng winter here in Portland, Maine.  Now nearly March, snow tickles the windowsills and blackens the streets.  People warned us of the ugliness of this time when we moved here five years ago.  They urged us to look inward, to remember that spring is on its way, to ignore the permafrost on … Continue reading

A turkey named Wilbur.

A turkey named Wilbur.

A normal person who moved into a house where wild turkeys wandered the backyard might be inclined to ignore them until they went away.  A normal person, once these turkeys disappeared, might describe the parting as fortunate.  But since moving into our house, replete with flock of wild turkeys, my family and I have done … Continue reading

Sidewalk Talk.

Sidewalk Talk.

I’ve been having a conversation the past several weeks with the president of our local neighborhood association. My issue? Many homeowners along the main arterial through our neighborhood are neglecting to clear their sidewalks of snow, not just following a storm, but ever.  Being that we live in MAINE, where we tend to get a … Continue reading

Shit Happens, or Why I Love Derby Lite

Shit Happens, or Why I Love Derby Lite

As someone who’s spent the better part of a decade trying to reconcile herself to a chronic disease, I know all too well you can be miserable, or you can accept, adapt, and move on.  Shit happens. Whether good or bad, it’s life. And life is what you make it. Four years ago I told … Continue reading

Best $18.69 I’ve spent in forever

Best $18.69 I’ve spent in forever

Anyone who’s ever gambled knows how quickly $20 can go. One slot machine & minutes later, HHAHAHHAHH. But even outside a casino, $20 bucks won’t get you far. It won’t buy you a tank of gas. It’s barely enough to cover a large pizza. But a week ago, I discovered something under $20 that has … Continue reading

Ever wonder what you’d look like as a bird?

Ever wonder what you’d look like as a bird?

Maybe not, but I have. Living with a wonder-conure named Kiwi, as well as 4 lively chickens, I think about birds a lot of the time. This past weekend my family and I were tooling about Portland (MAINE) when we came upon the funniest portrait ever.