Day 30: Lessons in Writing from National Novel Writing Month AND National Blog Posting Month

I’ve been blogging for (hard to believe) almost five years, as a way to chronicle, and sometimes just make sense of, life in general. A few years ago, I learned through the blogosphere about NaBloPoMo, or National Blog Posting Month. Participants in this event commit, every November, to writing a blog post every day. Every.…

Day 28: Canning Applesauce, or Mason Jar Lessons

In a lovely ironic twist, our small yard in town came with a beautiful, resilient backyard apple tree.  This tree, despite this spring’s numerous late frosts and our total early season neglect, managed to produce a tremendous harvest of tart/sweet goodness that we have, for the most part, finally finished picking (much to the chagrin…

Day 12: Lessons in Linguistics (Or What the Kids are Saying These Days): Part 1

Back in August, I logged into facebook to see a status update from one of my younger cousins that read, “Gross! Didn’t anyone tell Miley Cyrus that you don’t twerk on national TV?” “Huh?” I thought to myself, “What is twerking?” I try to keep up on what the kids are saying these days, but…