Willa listened intently to seven chapters of Stuart Little (that’s 50 pages!) before she fell asleep tonight.
Remembering the bees in the lavender bush.
We took 2.5-year-old Willa to the Chabot Science and Space Museum. I’m pretty sure she thought the movie we saw in the planetarium took us to *actual* outer space. Here are the pictures that she drew on our trip, from left to right: (1) The Milky Way (appropriately spiral-shaped!); (2) “a supernova that’s a golazo” (World Cup week) and (3) The Big Bang, or as Willa titled it, “and then energy appeared.”
Oakland and Alameda: (1) Seagulls at the coliseum (2) Willa’s Kabbala phase (3) Bubbles are magical.
Ted Chapman told me this story from Tibetan Buddhism today. I think it is about compassion.
When does a hummingbird sit down and pose for a picture? When it’s in the chillaxingest paradise of Monte Rio, California.
We are deeply grateful to Danny Leshem and Jenny Williams for envisioning this adventure and plying us with gourmet vegan booya meals.
It was a tie! Congratulations to Jo Ann Colagiacomi and Jan Weichun for winning “Where in Jerz?” by correctly guessing the New Jersey vicinity in which today we landed. You have each won this Morristown pin should you choose to accept it.
Had a delicious vegan brunch at the cafe that sells our Inwood buttons
Staten Island, home to me forever.
Marina’s bakery and restaurant at 598 Richmond Rd., Staten Island is amazing!
Thanks, Jay, Jo, Prema & Amaya!
This is supposed to be Willa’s rainbow sprinkle cookie.
A button featuring our buttons, ilLUMENated.
Lulu tested positive for giardia. Today we will spend hours providing, mashing, and delivering four additional human and canine poop samples between doctor’s offices, veterinarians, and laboratories across Ann Arbor.
This button features a small “sample” of fecal illustrations from Google image search.
I love the orchid shape on its body!
In the early deep of the night I heard some vexing chirps and thumps. I discovered another clutch of frogs had fallen into our window well, which is plenty deeper than a frog-hop. One of them with its throat pulsing fast clung to the basement window and locked its eyes on me and I swear he communicated. “Come and help me. Don’t wait until morning.”
So I slumped over the well in the rain and coaxed four into a long net slowly. One at a time they hopped from net to pond and swam rapid laps of freedom.
Then one rescue hopped out and pasted itself at the foot of a sliding door. It peered in. It seemed like for real he was looking to find me.
On any regular day our pond frogs slip into the deep the moment they catch me watching them. But this little fellow let me pick him up with my bare hands. And said goodnight.
Willa quote of the day: “I’m just a baby supernova. I don’t know how to explode yet.”
Here is the supernova that Willa drew on a paper plate this week. My baby girl is a scientist!
Twenty-one years ago today, Dan and I and our good friends hiked up to a lake in Tilden Park in the utter dark. Gary fell in the lake. I fell in love.
(Sorry for forgetting our love-i-versary– er, ‘remembering it late’.)
Do you like flags? And… also beavers? That’s our specialty!! Order a beaver with a flag today!
p.s., We can make any flag you want, as long as it’s a flag of love.
Another hooray for the Culture Lounge that opened Saturday at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal! And a link to their Kickstarter.
We are going to miss this little man and his parents very much.
Over the past couple months our daughter has developed a tic and a stutter that have caused us some worry. This week we met with up with her teachers and her pediatrician & got lots of reassurance and thoughtful ideas about how to help.
Although Dr. Beth didn’t mean it literally when she said she’d like to wear a ‘Willa’s Fan Club’ pin, I am posting this button in the spirit of thanks. Willa has a lot of love from a lot of people.
Many years ago I wrote a rock song about the Charles Dickens novel “Bleak House,” and recorded it with Dan. Tequila may have been involved.
Do you want to hear it today (the 144th anniversary of Dickens’ death)? Press this button!
Credit Jack Coggins for making (and wearing) this Vonnegut beaver shirt. Because it is in our mission statement to promote everything that is wonderful about beavers, it must-needed to be buttonized.
This wedding was beautiful.
And this button has magical powers! If you press it it will take you to the photo gallery.
Heading to Battle Creek for Emily and Holly’s wedding. Congratulations, cuties!