Surviving freshman year: 5 tips to help prepare your child for the first year of college

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It’s about that time—back to school time—and if you’re a parent of a child who is either going off to college or staying home for college, you may be wondering what you can do to help with your child’s success. After all, the first year is the most difficult. It’s when students are most likely […]

Celebrate books and Harry Potter this weekend at The Briar Patch

I’ve been keeping this blog for a few months now. While I’ve written about everything from chickens to children to recipes, I’ve yet to write about books, and books are a very important part of who I am as a person and a mom. Even though I’m no longer a full-time professor, I still teach […]

It’s time to stop seeing the world in black and white

My husband and I moved to Maine for a job, but we stayed because we loved it here. One of the things we love about Maine is how it feels like such a safe, supportive place to raise our family and start our small family farm. But I grew up north of Dallas and lived […]

Lessons I’ve learned from my chickens about being a mom

chicken coop

It has been just over a year since we brought home our first baby chickens, and they’re all big girls now. We got another set of babies in March, but they’re almost big girls, and just this week, they moved into the “big girl house,” the chicken coop. I was so worried about this big […]