• My Best Self

    Finding a Win

    A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the sad state of my zucchini plants. They had been decimated by round two of squash borers. Things haven’t been going well in the garden. Too much rain killed many of my tomato plants with early blight. Flooding killed my melon plants. It’s been hot and cooler and then hot again. It has all been incredibly discouraging. When that happens, you start looking for a win wherever you can find it. I’ve needed to find a gardening win for a while. I found one. My compost pile is actually doing what compost piles are supposed to do. I decided to turn it…

  • My Best Self

    Sometimes Good Enough is Good Enough and Better than Perfect…..

    The whole adage” is “sometimes good enough is good enough and better than perfect, because it’s done.” I frequently tell my students this, because sometimes those kids hold themselves to the most unreasonable expectations. I’m not encouraging under achievement at all. I’m encouraging them to try and accept that it’s not going to be perfect or exactly right. While I do think we need to work towards mastery of a skill or topic, the key word is not “mastery” but “work.” The process is more important than the finished product because we learn from the process, not the end result. Many of the life lessons I am trying teach my…

  • Cooking with Miranda

    Cooking with Miranda: Grandma’s Chocolate Zucchini Cake

    I am ridiculously lucky. I had most of my great grandparents on my mom’s side of the family through my childhood and well into my early adulthood. I was raised surrounded large extended family of warm, wonderful, and loving people; my Grandpa Chuck’s siblings and their kids and grandkids. Great-Grandma Muhs fed them all. It’s what she did. You went to her house and she fed you. She was the embodiment of the “love people and cook them tasty food” magnet on my fridge. She had two entrances to her white farm house with the black shutters, one into her living room and one into her kitchen. We always came…