Secular Easter is a little bit of a mystery to me – my own Four Questions go something like “Why on this day do we hide eggs? Why on this day do we take pictures with a terrifying giant rabbit? Why on this day do we allow our children to eat candy before noon? Why on this day do we eat a lot of jellybeans?” – but it’s hard to find fault with a bunch of kids in cute clothes running around outside.
This is my twelfth Knowledge Fair at North Haven Community School, and one of the best, in my opinion.
Hello from North Haven! My daughter Penrose and I were outside enjoying the unseasonally warm weekend, climbing around on the sticky piles of snow heaped around the house from shoveling and plowing, when a spot of red caught her eye. “Look Mom,” she called from across the front yard. “I found a ladybug!” She was […]
Hello from North Haven! Since Thursday morning, we’ve enjoyed three major snowstorms, including Saturday’s unexpected 8 inch bounty. After such a snowless December and January, I’ve been feeling a little anxious about maximizing snow fun, with mixed results. Thursday’s storm inspired Penrose to at first put on her green and blue long armed, long sleeved bathing suit […]
Hello from North Haven! One thing I was excited for, moving back to Maine from Boston, was snow. Pristine blankets of white, blank slates ready to be etched with ski tracks or snowshoe prints, sparkling under a cloudless sky after a quiet storm. Our first island winter was surprisingly mild, but subsequent years yielded pleasing […]
Through some quirk of synchronicity, Hineni (Here I Am) has been following me around lately. It’s a phrase with a great deal of importance in Judaism. Biblically, it is used as an answer to a divine question: Moses says it to the burning bush, Abraham says it before he is instructed to sacrifice Isaac. The implication is […]