Hilltown Families

Mother Called the Doctor and the Doctor Said, “No More…” Well You Know The Rest! As a mother of two teen boys I know a lot of things that I never...

New Music from Brian Vogan & Keller Williams Brian Vogan: Sing a Little Song As much as I like to think of myself as being totally plugged in to the kids’...

Just in Case You Were Wondering … One day a few weeks ago, while walking down the sidewalk towards Elmer’s, I thought, “It’s almost Halloween! I should make bark-like faces to put...

And Then They Grow Up…. Something happened this week in my home.  Something so rare I am afraid I may make other parents of teen boys jealous.  But then again, telling...

Lesson Songs Jeremy Plays Guitar just came out with his new album, Use Your Words, full of songs that teach kids lessons (like how you should use your words rather than...

Pet-Free Till Now: The Botanic Garden at Smith Works its Magic We’ve been a pet-free family for almost 15 years. The first three years of our marriage we worked so much...

No One’s Ruining My Day Authors note: This column was originally intended be about all things “green” from learning to be more environmentally friendly to my naiveté as a parent. As...

Give Me a D! Give Me an R! Give me an I V E! But Put Your Seatbelt on First! Late Breaking News: Aidan Wright, resident 16 year old of the...

Elizabeth Mitchell: Sunny Day Elizabeth Mitchell’s new CD, Sunny Day, came out earlier this month and at just the right time for my family. With the air getting crisper and school...

Historic Deerfield: That Museum Town My mom and I had a little time on a sunny day a few weeks back and took the kids to Historic Deerfield. To be very...

Ashfield Fall Festival! Wait—Last Sunday in the middle of the 183 people coming in for breakfast, someone said to me, “Do you have those little individually wrapped butters?” And I said,...

Biomass-Burning Incinerator At Our Doorstep Maybe you’ve noticed I’ve been absent from the blog rolls these days.  Here’s why: early this summer, we got word that a company from Maine was...

Okay, Okay… Ease Was the Wrong Word! Two weeks ago I wrote about the ease of boys friendships, but many parents privately called me out on it.  They disagreed that it...

Frances England: Mind of My Own You know when you hear an artist for the first time and they just grab you? That’s what happened for me when I heard Frances...

An American Weekend: The Norman Rockwell Museum We celebrated Labor Day weekend here in New England with family.  We had a full house and more than our fair share of Bub’s...

Boys and Their Friends: A Drama Free Zone When I was a “tween” and adolescent girl, it was difficult to maneuver and understand the nature of my friendships with other girls....

There's a lot of great new kids music on the scene these days, and a lot of great releases from years past too! Here in this post to "Must-Hear Music...

Pirates ho! That’s right—we will be celebrating National Talk Like a Pirate Day with Greg Ruth, the book’s illustrator, at Elmer’s. He will be reading and signing his book from 10am...

Northampton’s Big Backyard: Look Park in Florence The first day of school for my gang is in the books. We wave and kiss summer good-bye. We look ahead to our fall...

Running on Empty He runs—five to ten miles per day with his cross country team. He jumps-before and after cross country practice-on a super charged pogo stick. He flips-on a trampoline...

Mr. Bandicoot Have you ever heard of a bandicoot? I hadn’t, at least not until I was introduced to Anne Lawson’s lovely Australian nursery rhyme book, Mr. Bandicoot & Other Tales....

My Day at the Fair I was very tired at the Cummington Fair because we had a booth where we sold pulled pork, spare ribs and BBQ Chicken Sandwiches. I decided...

Welcoming Autumn I was a city girl.  We lived in Manhattan when I was child, but my parents were not from there. They were city mice in their own way. They...

Choices Every school year moms have cookie cutter thoughts. How to make sure their children do their homework. How to make sure they are involved in outside activities. We think about...

We’ve become big recyclers, we drive fuel efficient cars, and we take our reusable bags to the grocery store...but even though the best way to teach a kid any lesson is...

Into the Woods When the heat broke recently we headed to the woods in New York for a week. If you have ever been to the Adirondack Park you know what...

On Their Terms I know this is a column about teenage boys, but indulge me a minute while I talk to you about my 11 month old girl. I promise it...

The Bazillions Take a tablespoon of Recess Monkey, add a heaping cup of The Hipwaders, and stir in a bit of power pop to even out the heavy rock flavor, and...

Sex in the City Village I was in New York City on Wednesday! They have lots of well-dressed people there and lots of windows for you to look into while you’re...

Making the Choice to Love As with many other mothers I discovered a number of my choices as a parent, directly conflicted with my perceived notion of parenting, prior to having...