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About Me

I’m Leslie, mom to Jack and wife to Don, and here I’m chronicling my life at home as a go-to-work parent. The three of us live on 16 acres in the Arkansas Ozarks in a 75-year-old cottage (and outrageous renovation/reconstruction undertaking) in my hometown.

I trained to be a journalist, and my husband planned to be a social worker, but now we both run academic outreach programs for high school students at a nearby university. Every weekday morning, Jack heads next door to spend the day with my ineffable mother, and we head drive 35 miles to spend our days in rewarding full-time jobs before returning home to stretch a few evening hours into a day’s worth of family.

It’s all a work in progress.

We like do-it-ourselves-ing. We take road trips. We married young. Two years ago we both took on second jobs, as contractors for the construction of a new addition to our formerly tiny house. So far, so good. (But so, so long.) We spend most Saturday nights at home watching the Lawrence Welk show (and not only because the nearest restaurant, bar, theatre or grocery store is a half an hour away; nor because there’s always some painting, tiling, or hammering to do; and not even only because we’re too rural for cable.).

I love motherhood, my family and my work; music, photography, old houses, creative nonfiction, cooking, country life, gardening and practicality. I’m happy to be living in an out-of-the-way kind of place. I admire Anne Lamott and Nora Ephron, Tina Fey and Steve Martin (not exclusively). Athletically speaking, I am a joke. Grammatically, I am an enthusiast. I think “parent” is more verb than noun.

I’m here to keep my writing, reading, memory and sense of humor in shape, to reflect on this elaborate balancing act and to read about yours. Thanks for stopping and for sharing.

About Me, the illustrated version:

Here we are.

We live in the Arkansas Ozarks.


We are working on our very old – and a very new – house.

I come from a big family, and I wouldn’t mind having one of my own. Eventually.

I wouldn’t mind being more like these folks:

6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 13, 2008 2:03 pm

    Well, well. What do we have here. Has someone been holding out or am I just out of the loop. I saw where someone left this site and went to ours. I thought I would check out this “five to nine”, and behold.

    When are you going to introduce this to the pubic? I think it’s great by the way.

    ~J

  2. Liz permalink
    February 14, 2009 4:34 am

    So, I just discovered that Brian and I are the only two people in the world who don’t have a blog! Jay and Jenny just started one, and we thought, “Wow, what a great idea. Why didn’t we think of that?” Now that I’ve spent a few minutes looking around, I find that Jenny and Jay are not the only ones with a blog! Huh, so maybe they aren’t as clever as we thought…. Brian and I are in the middle of our leap onto the bandwagon… we just need a title.

    I love your blog and I wish I had discovered it sooner!

    Liz

  3. jenngator222 permalink
    July 30, 2009 2:35 pm

    Just stumbled upon your blog, and I really love your photos. They are beautiful!

  4. March 24, 2010 9:36 pm

    I am so glad to meet you! And thank you for your kind comments on my blog. I’m looking forward to getting to know you through your writing!

  5. April 2, 2010 11:47 pm

    I’m very excited to meet you! We have so much in common. I’m a full-time communications professional, who commutes 65 kms to the office every day. I’m working on fitting time in with my two boys every night, and worry that I’m not doing a very good job of it. But also, while we aren’t renovating/adding to our home, we have built two homes of our own from the ground up. I mean this literally, we designed the house, cleared the land and built both houses, largely on our own. So I can relate! I’ll be visiting often, so great to meet you over Jana’s today.

  6. June 9, 2010 8:03 pm

    Oh my, Leslie. Your family is just beautiful! Picture perfect! I’m so happy to have “met” you – thank you for visiting my blog – and look forward to reading lots more here.

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