The Feathered Nest

Soft things, homey things, happy things

Poem #4: The Berries

The summer I graduated college was a crazy and amazing time. I just finished student teaching and was preparing for my  late July wedding. Case and I had our first apartment together, a wonderful spot in an old gristmill in Ashland, NH. Several friends had also relocated one exit south of our little college town. […]

Poem #3

One of my favorite places in the world is the back porch of our friends Joe and Wendy’s barn. This is not just because the structure and the views are spectacular, they are, but because of the wonderful memories and traditions we have built with these two special people. I wanted to try to capture […]

Poem #2

I received a generous pledge today from dear family friends, Mona and Bill Oullette. Corey and I grew up with their kids and Dyer kids in Maine and they are truly like family to us. This poem is an attempt to show how special the bond is that our three families share. Bonds Beyond Blood […]

Trying to Bee Good

My efforts to make San Francisco feel like home continue. Getting involved with the community seems like a good way to move that process along. I had already signed up to volunteer with 826 Valencia when the lovely Heidi Dolamore asked for folks to join her intrepid team of librarians to compete in A Spelling […]

Holiday Mashups To Enhance Your Yuletide Cheer

Another Cheesy Holiday Album

Thirteen Days ’til Thanksgiving

I’ve spent the week perusing recipes and putting together a menu. It looks like we will have between 8-10 people for the big meal. This is less than I like to have, I believe in a big Thanksgiving, but it’s probably all I can accommodate. I think we’ll have a nice mix of family and […]

Time to Plan

It’s November. This means it is time to start planning and prepping for Thanksgiving. I take Thanksgiving very seriously. Thanksgiving is all about food and that is celebration whose aims I wholeheartedly support. This year my parents and brother are flying west to celebrate with us. We are also fortunate that my husband’s sister is […]

Donna Reed and Me

If you check my blog regularly you will observe that I have assigned myself a bit of a writing project. Perhaps I am having teaching withdrawal and because I do not currently have students to give assignments to I feel the need to give assignments to myself. The project is to harness the power of […]

Season 1: Episode 3 – The Hike

Synopsis: The episode opens with living room rug strewn with camping gear. Alex and Jeff are preparing for an overnight hike. Alex gets a call and it is clear that a medical emergency will prevent him from taking Jeff hiking. He tells Jeff and Jeff is devastated. Alex talks to Donna about how terrible he […]

Season 1: Episode 2 – Pardon My Gloves

Synopsis: The episode opens with Donna rehearsing lines from the play A Doll’s House by Ibsen. She is not very good and is prone to overly grandiose gestures and phrasing. She stops when the family appears. The kids and Alex badger her to perform for them and she demures. They persist and she acquiesces. She […]