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October 10, 2011

Is in the way you look at things

When the Mugar Omni Theatre opened at the Boston Science Museum I was school aged. We had annual treks to the museum to see the large tyrannosaur model, Appolo something capsule, and enormous incubator of super fluffy yellow chicks. Those field trips went from pretty fun to thrilling when the theatre was built. Leonard Nimoy narrated the opening segment which showed off the armature of the dome that was behind the screen through dramatic backlighting. Then the THX sound system counted out its speakers, Read more […]

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June 21, 2011

Three Main Jar Types

Taken from my new Marble Jar FAQ page! 1. The checklist or routine jar. This jar gets completed each day. It helps you get to bed, or get out of the house in the morning. The goal is simply the last step of the routine: usually free time, or a backrub at bedtime. The actions are the steps. Bedtime Jar- bath, teeth brushing, pack backpack, clothes in hamper, tidy room. Goal: backrub 2. The Privilege Jar This unlocks a one time privilege like a later bedtime, adding a dog to the family or getting Read more […]

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June 7, 2011

Eat it up.

The twitter stream for type a conference has been extraordinarily active.  My favorite topic of course was about where we are going to eat… so I went ahead and collected the suggestions and put them into a google map. If you are from Asheville or know anything about the food there please add on. I’ll make reservations soon so let me know which ones seems really great! Read more […]

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May 25, 2011

Live work play repeat. What mixed use should be.

I spent the day yesterday with members of the Architecture Institute of America planning the workshop that they will be giving in our town in the fall. Shelburne is a bucolic village just South of Burlington that hosts miles of Lake Champlain Shoreline, Olmstead designed Shelburne Farms, and other top tourist destinations. We have local shops, hiking trails, a first rate school system, and straight up the middle runs Shelburne Rd. If you want to buy a car or a bed you have come to the right place. Read more […]

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February 10, 2011

The little things

If you are like me you communicate with your husband in little snippets through the day on a variety of platforms. Steve and I text, ichat, use facetime, email back and forth, talk on the phone, and most frequently gchat. You know? The little area to the right of your gmail inbox that lets you chat with folks online? I like gchat best because it has a keyboard (unlike my phone) does not require nice hair (like facetime), and allows me to communicate while still being productive (unlike a phone Read more […]

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February 7, 2011

The bedtime negotiation…

The boys have been lobbying for a later bedtime…I have noticed that they stay awake in their room for quite a while when we put them to bed at 8:00, and on weekend nights when they stay up late they remain cheerful until the last sweet minute.  Steve and I are loathe to give up that last hour of time together, when we finally talk about something other than wii strategy. We realized that to make it work we needed to maintain that grown up time. So we told the kids that. “You do seem to have the Read more […]

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January 27, 2011

Announcing Marble Jar…and its inspiration

Steve and I took our six week Parenting on Track class two years ago. Yesterday I bumped into one of my classmates, the father of two young girls, and was greeting by the familiar “still on track?” that has emerged as way to reference our shared experience.  Pretty much, I replied with a shrug, knowing that most families would be impressed by my 4 and 5 years olds’ routine of packing their own snacks, not just putting on but keeping track of their outerwear, and regular contributions to our household Read more […]

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November 11, 2010

What’s Happening?

Yeah, that’s the Fleming Museum packed with folks. The marble court is usually so austere, so…museum-like. Not last week for our first Pech-kucha night in Burlington.Burlington folk should mark their calendars for 2/10/11 for volume 2, and interested presenters can check out our facebook page. This morning we gathered representatives from the past nine beneficiaries of The Clothes Exchange. Creating connections is one of my favorite parts of being involved with TCE. I’m encouraging everyone to Read more […]

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October 26, 2010

Why party?

A break from winwin tech stuff to make my mom’s unpopular argument for political parties.  As American’s fierce independence is our birthright. But for all their unpopularity, political parties play a critical role in our democracy. They organize governments, provide accountability for voters, give the public a narrative understanding of public policy and issues, and draw important lines of ideological contrast. What’s more, they Read more […]

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