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  • Bed Time -           by Maida Korte “Was it for this I uttered prayers, and sobbed and cursed and kicked the stairs? That now, domestic as a plate, I should retire at half-past eight?”                                                             Edna St. Vincent Millay             What child likes bedtime?  Not one I know, except for the singular unicorn moment when so exhausted from
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  • Blinking - By Maida Korte           “We grow accustomed to the Dark –            When Light is put away –            As when the Neighbor holds the Lamp            To witness her Good bye –             A Moment – We Uncertain step            For newness of the night –            Then – fit our Vision to the Dark –            And meet the
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  • The Porch - I have always lived with a certain level of anxiety being an intense person by nature. I suppose that is why I fell in love with an old house. We came to smooth and soothe each other. I miss you old girl.
  • Moving - Maida Korte- “I give you this to take with you:Nothing remains as it was. If you know this, you canbegin again, with pure joy in the uprooting.”– Judith Minty  Since I had roots so firmly planted in city soil, uprooting them to move to the country would take some doing. Rather than focus on where
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  • Good Common Sense - By Maida Korte “Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.”  –  Leonardo da Vinci Building a large and safe house starts with digging down first into the unknown rock and mud below.  It is easier to start this way since the expectations of function and aesthetics are on paper and inefficiencies are not mocking you as
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  • GPS - – Maida Korte “It ought to be plain how little you gain by getting excited and vexed. You’ll always be late for the previous train, and always on time for the next.”― Piet Hein Ever since a dog really did eat Johnnie’s homework, we have been looking for excuses for our imperfections and pardonable sins.   
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  • Trudy - – Maida Korte “Men shut their doors against a setting sun.” William Shakespeare         She came to the door with a large stemmed goblet in her hand filled with sparkling water.   In a deep gravelly voice she said, “Oh, it’s you….come in…..ANGELA….she turned her head and shouted in a direction behind her….I told you to
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  • Closed In – Opening Up - I have had many kitchens in my life and my examination of this unique space has never been as pointed as it is now. We are working in our kitchens, teaching in our kitchens, caring for loved ones in our kitchens and upon occasion even cooking in our kitchens. My musings have led me to a few essential elements as we together ponder getting more out of the spaces we inhabit.
  • Kindly We Go - by Maida Korte “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness.  Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”  –  Scott Adams             I have always been bothered by the fact that I walk around with myself every day.  I wake up behind these eyes and peer out of them no
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  • The Hoot of it All - – Maida Korte The most recent edition of National Review includes an essay on Home Schooling which has prompted my response below.  Dear National Review Letters: I read with considerable interest Sarah Schutte’s essay on Homeschooling.  Over 30 years ago I entered this very particular land of tutorage with four little girls in tow.  At
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