My heart is broken for Boston today, but I am trying to focus on the first responders. I always think of the Mr. Rogers’ quote after disasters:

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” — Mr. Rogers


[watercolor print from a greeting card by Peter Spataro]


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To all of you non-teachers: I’m sorry to be the one to tell you that summer vacation is, in fact, as amazing as it sounds. But, it’s not too late. You, too, can make a career change and enjoy eight glorious weeks off without penalty. I would highly recommend it; it almost makes up for the 10 months of late nights of planning and worrying.

[photos, from top left: Old Silver Beach on the Cape, tequila-infused watermelon (served with salt), sisters at the beach, WC+me at a wedding in Connecticut, the first sunflower opening in my garden (and one of two that survived the Rock Creek deer), Teddy loves to swim, Teddy also loves to be groomed, sangria for a family BBQ (from this book), the Capitol just before the fireworks]

TO DO: combat homesickness

I grew up in Massachusetts, and no matter how long I live in D.C., or how appreciative I am of the weather here, Boston will always be my home. And while I do love my Massachusetts-shaped cookie cutter, I’m also lusting these little reminders of home:

Massachusetts’ State Cutting Board on Etsy

(sold, but she has all of the states available, and takes special orders)

Kris Nations State Pendant Necklace from Nordstrom