Lockdown

reddirtlattes/ March 16, 2020

How are you handling the isolation? We are drawing, listening to music. Trying to not read too much news (not working.) Today was the first warm day in so very long and we had a picnic outside, right in the sunbeams. Did you see this? Some much needed levity in this crazy situation. Thank you, Rita Wilson. Italy is where

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Nutrition

reddirtlattes/ March 14, 2020

A recipe for crazy times.  It’s been a crazy time. It is a crazy time. I vacillate between calm trust, and pure anxiety. For someone already prone to anxiety this is quite the test of will. I hope this finds whoever is reading it with loved ones, feeling safe, feeling hopeful. I have asked my husband so many times over

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Tea time

reddirtlattes/ January 28, 2020

Radical self-care. I’ve found myself gently easing into this. No big new year’s resolution. No waking up on the 1st with a whole new agenda. My 1st of January actually looked very similar to my 31st of December. Then the 1st turned into the 2nd, turned into the 3rd…. I’ve been homeschooling my children on the island. I wasn’t sure

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A day in gold

reddirtlattes/ December 4, 2019

“This World” by Mary Oliver I would like to write a poem about the world that has in it nothing fancy. But it seems impossible. Whatever the subject, the morning sun glimmers it. The tulip feels the heat and flaps its petals open and becomes a star. The ants bore into the peony bud and there is a dark pinprick

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Little bird

reddirtlattes/ November 12, 2019

A bird hit our window today. It’s happened before. Thankfully, not often. Our windows are so big and beautiful. So easily missed in reflection. My daughter stood at the window, crying out, as she watched it lying on the ground. I went to her, to see, but quickly walked away. I didn’t want to watch it suffer. I didn’t want

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The Dragonfly

reddirtlattes/ September 13, 2019

We didn’t expect to find it, so late in summer, with fall only some wind gusts away. My son caught it, called us over. We didn’t expect to find a dragonfly hanging from its own death. We didn’t expect to see a dragonfly the moment it was born. Its head seemed still attached to what it had once been. So

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Books

reddirtlattes/ April 23, 2019

I love memoirs. As I live this crazy life, as I ride the bumps, take the sharp curves, marvel at the beauty, weather the hardships, as I cry and laugh and pause, I wonder and wonder how we all do it, how other people do it, what their triumphs and weaknesses look like. People’s stories I want to devour. I

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Kenya

reddirtlattes/ April 10, 2019

Sometimes you need to reach up and take hold of a hand that is offered. I’ve missed this space. It’s been almost a year since we landed in Kenya. It’s been almost a year and we are headed home, back to my island paradise.  I have so much I want to share. I have so much I want to get

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Home is where….

reddirtlattes/ October 20, 2018

We’ve always traveled with all of our things. Our home shut up in boxes, shipped across oceans, unloaded and unpacked, bringing our memories and comforts with us. This is the first time we have traveled empty handed, leaving our home intact upon our island.  It’s an interesting feeling to try and settle somewhere while leaving your home in full bloom

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Nesting

reddirtlattes/ September 30, 2018

This tiny bird has built a nest outside our bedroom window. For two days I watched her fly up with bits of fuzz, twigs, slowly building it. She’s in there now, laying her eggs, or perhaps they have been laid and she is with them, waiting. We’ve been in Nairobi for just over 2 months now. I feel like this

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