Sunday, April 22, 2018

Smacksy Sunday Links

Today is Earth Day. (Shouldn't every day be Earth Day?) Dr. Vandana Shiva speaks about our relationship to the earth.

Best advice(s).

"To be or not to be..." The lovely Andrew Scott as Hamlet. (If you thought Shakespeare was difficult to understand, perhaps you just haven't seen it brilliantly performed before.)

Kids react to being called beautiful.

When joy goes viral. Love these Irish girls.

And a hummingbird dad with babies.

Happy Sunday.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Smacksy Saturday Photo: Living Room Checklist

Feverish child on couch - Check
Hydrangea in need of watering - Check
Bowl for upset stomach episodes under coffee table - Check
Mr. Rosenberg playing guitar - Check
Cartoons on TV (The Regular Show) - Check
Dog next to couch - Check
Size 15 shoes on floor - Check
Other dog in hallway - Check
Fluids for hydrating - Check
Saturday Evening in April - Check

Friday, April 20, 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Things You Need to Know Right Now About My Friend Janelle Hanchett

Things you need to know right now about my friend Janelle Hanchett:

Janelle Hanchett is a phenomenal writer.

Janelle Hanchett's memoir I'm Just Happy to Be Here, is coming out May 1 and you can pre-order it here. 

Janelle Hanchett's memoir I'm Just Happy to Be Here is filled with the kind of miraculous writing that occurs when craft meets wisdom meets bravery.

Janelle Hanchett's memoir I'm Just Happy to Be Here is about family and hopelessness and motherhood and tragedy and wonder and salvation and the scars that make us beautiful.

I read Janelle Hanchett's memoir I'm Just Happy to Be Here, in one sitting and then I read it again and you can pre-order it here. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Guilty, Part of One

Me: Hey! Did someone eat part of the red throw blanket?!

Mr. Rosenberg: Sorry, yeah. I did.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Nothing Broken

Just a sprain. "Just." And a skinned knee and an EXTRA skinned arm. All from running down the sidewalk. One tree root in the path and blammo - no baseball for a week. Or two. Or.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Smacksy Sunday Links

Real friends need not dazzle.

Why teenagers become allergic to their parents.

Self-care suggestions for when it all feels like too much.

A lovely 300 square foot studio.

Best small space living on Instagram. #readtealeaves is my longtime favorite.

And giving the kitten a little help up the stairs.

Happy Sunday. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018


It's been a long crazy week. But this face is handsome. And also crazy.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Thursday Night

A two hour game followed by a two hour practice. It's cold. It's windy. It's late. They still play. I love baseball.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Positively Reptile

Now that the weather is warmer, when I open the front door in the afternoon, this guy is waiting for me. Today we had another of our epic staring contests. I'm a champion star-er from way back, and yet he beat me again. He's a tough customer, this one. His name is Hamish Steplizard. Hamish has been most ill-tempered since he gave up cigarettes. (Lucky Strikes, he always broke the filter off.) He's no rummy, but he's been known to toss back a tall, cool one of an evening. On Saturdays, he's an old timey, bare-nuckle boxer. Oh, Hamish Steplizard, you rakish cad. I'll stare you down yet. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018


The woods are lovely, dark and deep...
Robert Frost

Look at that fat squirrel, Mom! Or maybe it's a beaver? Do they have beavers here? Like, fat ones? Or a weasel? I don't really know what those look like but maybe. Or? I'm going to go with fat beaver with a squirrel tail. Yeah, that's totally what it is.
Robert Rosenberg

Monday, April 9, 2018

Natural Architecture

Last week, I stood inside a hollow, fallen sequoia tree and took this photo out of a natural "window." Then, I turned around and fell down an inside the hollow, fallen sequoia tree natural "stair." Perhaps the hollow, fallen sequoia tree should consider growing a natural "handrail." I'll see myself to the suggestion box.

Friday, April 6, 2018


Thanks to this gal (guy?), my Friday smells almost as good as my last Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

It Was Wow

The last few days we were in Sequoia National Park and it was incredible. We were surrounded at all times by ridiculous majesty. There was not much actual wifi and I could only make sporadic contact with the outside world which was pretty okay. I was unable to post on my blogging platform so my friend Laurie was nice enough to go into my deal and post my stuff for me because nature is nice and everything but I was not willing to break my post-every-day-for-eight-years-and-eleven-months blogging streak.
And yes, I hike in a dress. Of course I do.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018


I look up into the branches and find myself crying. This is astonishing beauty.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Mountains and Trees and Rosenbergs

Yesterday we hugged nice people and ate delicious snacks. Today we drove into a cloud. Tomorrow we'll see the world's largest tree. So far, April is outstanding.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Smacksy Sunday Links

How to talk to your kids about gender-nonconforming people.

Ways to help the homeless. This is written specifically for Los Angeles but many ideas could translate to anywhere people need help.

Living small. I get this.

Every decision my kids made me make in a day.

This house please.

The mad, mad love of Man Ray and Lee Miller.

And baby bunnies.

Happy Passover and Happy Easter Sunday.