Monthly Archives: October 2007


This is the 31st post in 31 days! I’ve written more than I ever have before: I’ve posted recipes and poems; done a lot of memes and received tags and tagged others; posted lists and links and shared my favorite … Continue reading

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A confession

Four years into being Avery’s mom, and I find myself saying the very same words I did when our doctor first told us that Avery had Down syndrome: But, what does it mean? I know about trisomies and increased risks … Continue reading

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21 Things

Here’s a list of the 21 best things people have told me about Avery: 1. He’s a joy 2. He’s a love 3. He’s so cute! 4. Avery has a beautiful way about him 5. I’m proud you’re my sister … Continue reading

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Lentil Soup

2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup chopped carrot 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 pound lentils, rinsed 1 can diced tomatoes 2 tablespoons tomato paste 2 quarts chicken or vegetable broth 1/2 teaspoon cumin lemon juice chopped … Continue reading

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A new blog

Katrina Stonoff of Logorrhetoric has created a new blog called Stone SouP. There, she writes about books, agents, the writing life, and being the mother of a daughter with Down syndrome, just to list a few topics. If you’re interested … Continue reading

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One sweet gift!

Michelle from Big Blueberry Eyes gave me this gift, a badge of recognition for being “One Sweet Treat to Read!” It’s especially terrific because her blog, and in particular, her beautiful daughter Kayla couldn’t be sweeter. Thank you! And Killashandra … Continue reading

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Look at me!

My sister’s (Hi, Glynnis!) favorite holiday is just 6 days away. This week’s “A Little More” post at ParentDish is in honor of her, and how I finally learned to love Halloween.

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Secret Blogger

Tricia from Unringing the Bell has created a way for bloggers participating in “Get it Down: 31 for 21” to recognize and support each other. She’s calling it “Secret Blogger” and she writes: The Rules (sorry, this is only for … Continue reading

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Get Caught Reading!

Kelly from Where There’s A Will has created a wonderful blog challenge and giveaway called “Get Caught Reading!” She writes: I am having a blog-giveaway! In an effort to familiarize you with your local independent bookstore and show people that … Continue reading

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Three Little Butterflies

If you loved Connie Wenk’s book and wished you had it for your own, she’s giving away THREE copies, but the contest deadline is tomorrow. To enter, go here and scroll down to the October 16 post.

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I was in Billings, Montana, for the High Plains Book Fest and several of you asked, “How did it go?” As with most questions, there’s a short answer and a long answer. The short answer is, “It was great!” and … Continue reading

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fresh pumpkin pie for breakfast books in piles around the couch Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” an extra pot of coffee sunlight streaming through the big picture window the little boys playing “chase” around the house laundry tumbling in the dryer a … Continue reading

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Fresh Pumpkin Pie

Pie dough 2 c. pumpkin puree 1 1/2 c. evaporated milk 1/4 c. brown sugar 1/2 c. white sugar 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. ginger 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 1/8 tsp. grated orange peel (zest) 2 eggs, beaten … Continue reading

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I’m in Billings at the High Plains Book Fest. In the morning, I’m part of a panel discussion called “Selected Shorts,” and in the afternoon, I’m leading a workshop on writing about children. As part of the class, I’ve collected … Continue reading

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Baby doll

I was watching the little boys play with the baby doll they share; noticing how they are alike, and also different. I write about it this week in “A Little More” at ParentDish.

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