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Denise Thornton


Obi-Wan Kenobi called Mos Eisley a wretched hive of scum and villainy, but I’ll bet that’s just because they hadn’t discovered any sodium bicarbonate on Tatooine. We are SO lucky to have plenty of baking soda on Planet Earth.  According to Planetgreen, there are 17,000 petrochemicals available for home use […]

Watt a Merry Christmas!

Both our girls made it home for Christmas. We lit some candles and exchanged a few presents on Christmas Eve. The highlight is a custom we picked up in the Netherlands, where the present exchange came with quirky, poems that hint at the object inside the wrappings and tease the […]


We raced to finish our greenhouse project before the ground froze and the snow fell. By last week the ground was frozen, and Wednesday the snow not only fell, it dumped. Wednesday the city of Madison was stopped in it’s tracks.  With about 17 inches of snow and gusting wind, […]

Think Small to Build Small

Introducing a new feature on this site: Conversations with my architect on the design of the house we will build in 2012. Our architect Della Hansmann of Whole Tree Architecture (see York Times article here) is also our daughter.  This is a rare opportunity to mull over how to make […]


For better or worse, the race to get projects done before the ground freezes is over, and I think we won. The temperatures around here have dropped.  At the moment, it’s 17 degrees F outside, and a big snow dump is predicted today – the first serious snow of the […]