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You’re 30 minutes from home. The kids are hungry. It’s starting to rain. Are you prepared for anything?


One of the biggest differences between urban and suburban/rural life is that suburban life is completely dependent upon a car – even more so when children are involved.  I always thought of my car as just a means of transporting people and the types of large items I couldn’t carry easily.

But now I have no car.

Wendy has a car for her commute to work outside of town, but we rarely use it in town.  If we’re going to school, to the bank, to a restaurant, to the park, etc., we usually either walk or take public transit.  It’s just too much of a pain and too expensive to drive and find parking for most things.  Since I gave up my car, I’ve found that I used it as a mobile storage unit as much as for getting myself and my things places.  Suburban cars are trash cans, medicine cabinets, junk drawers, and closets. Continue reading You’re 30 minutes from home. The kids are hungry. It’s starting to rain. Are you prepared for anything?


Finding Nature in the City with Your Kids

Hall's Pond Sanctuary - on the Green Line
Hall’s Pond Sanctuary – on the Green Line

My daughter has always needed nature.  She’s enjoyed hikes and bug hunts since she could walk.  One of her biggest concerns when we first discussed moving to Boston was losing her access to it.  Fortunately, the natural world isn’t easily put off – at most, it can be organized into gardens or hidden in plain sight. Continue reading Finding Nature in the City with Your Kids