Category Archives: At RISE

At Rise: BAD Morning

Saturday, February 20th 2021 . AT RISE: It is Saturday morning. Dad is cooking breakfast and Mom is the table. The closed door to Boy’s bedroom is on the other side of the table. The door opens. BOY: [Emerges from … Continue reading

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At Rise: But I Didn’t

Saturday, January 30th 2021 . . AT RISE: Mom has found two cats snuggling together in a cute position on the bed. MOM: [Yells to other room.] Guys? I’m sorry but I have a #LookAtThatCat. CJ: [Enters bedroom, squeals.] Awwwww. … Continue reading

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At Rise: Home School Helper

Thursday, December 17th 2020 AT RISE: CJ is at her Distance Learning school desk at home, starting to type on her Chromebook. Mom is sitting next to her. MOM: OK, are you all set? CJ: Mm-hmm. MOM: Do you need … Continue reading

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Election 2020: #CountEveryVote Rally in Boston with the Kids

Wednesday, November 4th 2020 . Boy: We shouldn’t have to worry about the outcome of this election! Me: Why? Boy: Because I’m a KID! Me: I think you mean, you shouldn’t have to worry about whether this election is fair. … Continue reading

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Homeschool Headmistress: No Please, Come On In

Tuesday, October 20th 2020 It is afternoon, after “school” in the homestead. Daddy is home from work taking his afternoon rest. Mom is spent from her various efforts today, sitting up on the other side of the bed, operating her … Continue reading

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AT RISE: One Breathless Moment

Friday, October 16th 2020 AT RISE: The kids are at their distance learning desks in the living room. ALEXA: [Beeb beeb, boop boop.] This is a reminder; it’s 12:59pm. [Beeb beeb, boop boop] This is a reminder; it’s 12:59pm. MOM: … Continue reading

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AT RISE: Have You Seen My Slippers

Friday, October 2nd 2020 AT RISE: It is morning in the Distance Learning Environment. Boy is at his desk waiting to show Mom something on his computer. Mom is shuffling distractedly around the house, uncaffeinated as of yet. MOM: [Muttering … Continue reading

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Hospital Clowning: TEAM COMPILATION VIDEO – “Why Hurry?”

Saturday, May 16th 2020 Check out my team gettin’ gussied up for “work!” Kudos to Joyka aka: Dr. Sweetpea for putting dreamwork in the teamwork for this! Such a fun compilation video of some of my favorite clowns. . Why … Continue reading

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Quarantine UkeOke #63 – Oh What A Beautiful Morning

Friday, May 15th 2020 – Quarantine Day #63 .       . Song:  Oh What A Beautiful Morning By: Irving Berlin (OKLAHOMA)   .   2020-05-13 Quarantine UkeOke #61 – Oh What A Beautiful Morning [6:59]:   #Fail lol! … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day 2020

Sunday, May 10th 2020 A glorious Mother’s Day; quarantine be damned.   Personalized menu, Brunchy Feast, homemade cards, lovely drinks and painty crafts *all* afternoon with my healthy flamly. . 2020-05-10 CircusKitchen Mother’s Day 2020 [0:45]:   .   Me … Continue reading

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