Hilltown Families

Family History With an only child, keeping family history alive is so important. Daisy is the heir apparent to all our collective memories, so I try to take as many photos,...

It’s ALL Mom’s Fault My thirteen year old, Gannan, is a blame contortionist. Lately when something isn’t right, no matter his actions, no matter his mistakes, he very adeptly twists, turns...

More Lullabies I’m a huge advocate of using music as a way to signal everyday events. This works especially well for special needs kids who may need a little extra help...

A Lesson from Brazil The honking of the car horn as they approached the driveway announced their arrival. Max, who had been helping me make the bed, quickly abandoned the task...

Oh Summer! (Second Verse) Lawd, it’s hot! Now you see why southerners talk slower—it’s just hard to get up the energy to get worked up over having something to say. While...

Making Memories There’s nothing better than a good old red white and blue, wrapped yourself up in an American flag, July fourth holiday. And nothing says July fourth better than a...

Girl Crazy! Take a close look at this torso. No. No. This is not the torso of some Harley Davidson road hog (although give it a few years….sigh.) This is not...

Amber Bobnar reviews Laurie Berkner's new "Best Of" CD for this weeks Must-Hear Music Monday Column

Putting the Camera Down It’s a beautiful morning as the family rushes to pack the car and get on the road. We attempt to account for the various items we will...

School’s Out School’s out! The last time it was this hot, my family and I had just moved to Northampton from a sleepy Connecticut suburb, there were two weeks until school...

Purple Carrots Hooray, it’s finally summer! Which means it’s time to head back to our local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) for spinach, garlic scapes, turnips, pea pods, herbs, strawberries, and all...

Fox & Branch There are so many choices in kids’ music these days, from hip hop to rock, pop to reggae, and everything in between. But if you’re looking for something...

At Peace with Living Green If you are a diehard environmentalist you may be familiar with the name Bea Johnson. And if you weren’t aware of her before there’s a good...

When in Rome … At 9:00 in the morning in the middle of teaching my fifth graders a spelling lesson, I had a revelation that would change the way I parented...

Six Weeks of Camp Daisy was hesitant on the first day. Arriving amidst a flock of parents and excited children, we were directed to the girl’s barn to drop off her...

Summer Resources for Children with Special Needs Summer is just around the corner and you’re probably looking forward to getting outside with your family. Kids are all about the summer activities:...

Jungle Gym Justin Roberts isn’t just a musician; he’s a phenomenon. When we hear that Justin has a new CD coming out, we begin pining for it immediately. We don’t worry...

The Quirks of Northern Gentlemen Last week I told you about Jim’s leaving and Donna then announced her retirement from the grocery and produce departments, as well. Happily, I am the...

Give Me a Break There is a saying that says something along the lines of, “If you want to see what’s going on inside someone’s head just look inside their drawers.”...

I Beg To Differ! It started years ago when my boys were very young. Well-meaning moms at the playground, preschool and parks would cluck their tongues and sigh. After a few...

Notes from Nan: Jim, Oh Jim done gone. By HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati One of the problems of having a tiny restaurant with an outstanding certified chef is that he...

Must-Hear Music Monday We’ve been listening to lots of new—and some not so new—music that’s super cool. Local favorite Liz Buchanan recently released a new CD and so did Princess Katie...

The Power of One: Weaned By HF Contributing Writer, Dana Pilson I remember it well, Daisy as a chubby pink baby. She looks up at me with a toothless grin, and...

The Power of One: Experiment of a Large Family BY HF Contributing Writer, Dana Pilson Ophelia the only, says she’s lonely She wants a playmate at home. She has toys galore,...

The Power of One: Art Smarts BY HF Contributing Writer, Dana Pilson There are few things more wonderful than a child’s creativity. Daisy recently crafted this family portrait from a kit...

Everything’s Changing, But Will It Still Remain the Same? Nelson Mandela said, “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself...

The Power of One: Oh My Only-itis BY HF Contributing Writer, Dana Pilson I admit it.  I have “only-itis.”  Or perhaps you could call it “pedia-envy.”  Now that it’s spring and...

It’s Not Easy Being Green Kermit the Frog often sang about the woes of living life “the color of the leaves.” “I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow,...

No Such Thing As a Perfect Parent Nobody ever said parenting was easy, but we certainly don’t make it easier on ourselves … and I’m no exception. I am a 38-year-old...

The Power of One: My One and Only Daisy BY HF Contributing Writer, Dana Pilson I knew it would happen someday, I just didn’t expect it so soon. Returning home from...