Tag Archives: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Finding my family’s version of “Little House in the Big Woods”

Quite often, I find myself thinking things like, “If not for this one thing having happened, I likely wouldn’t be where I am today.” I wonder, for instance, if my father hadn’t gotten into an accident that kept him from shipping off for Vietnam, how my life might have turned out differently. Or I start […]

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Ypsi’s third annual Wurst Challenge raises over $6,000 for FLY Children’s Art Center, sends me running to the hospital, and propels Team Smoot to legendary status

The third annual Wurst Challenge, by all accounts, was a huge success. Records were broken. Over $6,000 was raised for FLY Children’s Art Center. And, perhaps most importantly, all ten of our competitors were still ambulatory by the end of it. No stomaches had burst open. No ambulances had to be called. I’d like to […]

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Talking homesteading with sustainable design professor Joe Trumpey, learning about the business of curly hair with Original Moxie’s Rachel Blistein, and a fireside sing-along with the Yellow Rail Family …on episode 29 of the Saturday Six Pack

Come and get it…. Episode 29 of the Saturday Six Pack is now ready for consumption. The sound is a bit off for the first 20 minutes or so, thanks to a bit of malicious engineering by a disgruntled member of the Yellow Rail Family collective, but, if you like reverb, it’s actually kind of […]

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My thoughts on movies and books to share with your kids through the age of nine

Two things happened this week that prompted me to write this post. The world celebrated what would have been Roald Dahl’s 97th birthday, and, a day or two later, my friends Murph and Cara welcomed two beautiful little babies into the world. So, as Linette set off in one direction this evening, to arrange for […]

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