Blog year in review

For what it’s worth, I thought I’d list here some representative or favorite posts from blogging in 2012.


Of love, fear, and anger
“Punishment is painful”

Psychology and Theology

It IS pretty slippery
The ridiculous pants
Anger: What is it good for?


Children who are not yet peaceful
Charlotte Mason
Martin Thornton


Amy: Self-portrait playing dulcimer

Stuff I’ve made / done

A doll for school
Church sketch
Carousel horse dress


A blogging sabbatical

Dear readers,

I am going to take a break from blogging and from reading blogs — a month or two. Meanwhile, the site will remain as it is, and if you comment anywhere, I’ll see it in an email. Thank you for reading here.

What shall I call thee?

In college chorus, we sang a setting of William Blake’s poem:

Infant Joy

“I have no name:
I am but two days old.”
What shall I call thee:’
“I happy am,
Joy is my name.”
Sweet joy befall thee!

Pretty joy!
Sweet joy, but two days old.
Sweet joy I call thee:
Thou dost smile,
I sing the while,
Sweet joy befall thee!

This blog started when we were pregnant with Amy, as a way to update friends and family about our family. It’s hardly “becoming” three anymore — we’ve BEEN three long enough that I keep wondering about changing the blog’s name. And while I do talk a LOT about Amy and about parenting, she’s no longer the sole topic of the blog.

Anyone have any suggestions?

I would love something that is short and winsome, that evokes the wide variety of my interests and writings without listing them all, and that isn’t too cute or clever or cliche…


Because of issues with my hands, I’m taking a short hiatus from the computer, except for checking email once a day. I hope to be back soon!


Tendinitis in my thumbs (old, recurrence) and carpal tunnel (new) — posture has a lot to do with it — computer, knitting, sewing — and who knows what all else has affected it. Pinch grip is sometimes painful. Can’t put much weight on it (no push-ups, bike rides, careful using rotary fabric cutter).

Sometimes right pinky and ring finger get tingly / numb — my hand therapist says to watch that and if it’s persistent need to get it looked at as it could become permanent.

My hand therapist, Manoj Kumar, is great — my Rx is for left hand only (right started only after I started OT), so we’re doing ultrasound, deep massage, sometimes ice massage, and a variety of stretching, gliding, and strengthening exercises. I can do the massage and the exercises at home, on both hands.

I wear carpal tunnel braces at night to prevent either wrist from getting bent forward, which aggravates it.

Guest post at Heart to Heart

Two guest posts in one week — here’s the second over at Douglas Monk’s place. I think I found him through our mutual blogfriend Enola.

Thordora asked her guests to write about mental illness; Douglas just asked for an introduction, what we’re passionate about, something personal.

Guest post over at Thordora’s

My friend Thordora, taking a blogging break to sort through recent events, has invited her readers to submit guest posts. Mine is up today.

I laugh every time someone writes my name as March. So many Marches in elementary school I would make the opposite mistake in my headings — I’d start writing the month and it would automatically turn into my name.

My host service is gone back

My business website,, has disappeared. My email from that domain is likewise not working. And to top it all off, I can’t even get to the website of my host service,


You can contact me through the comments here, or ask and I can give you my local email address. I’m not even getting an error message when I try to send an email to my business address, so you likewise might not know that I haven’t gotten or won’t get your email at that address.



Several hours later it’s all back. I didn’t receive the two emails I know were lost during the down time… but no other problems.