A 50% eclipse in Maine

Our generous neighbors lent us a pair of eclipse watching glasses which had been given to them by another pair of generous neighbors. We live on a nice street.

At home we made some very nice pin hole cameras of different sizes and specifications. Here’s one. 

And here is an image that one of our cameras made. Not bad for 20 min of work! Apparently Maine will have a full eclipse in 2024! By then Liam will be 17, and Reid will be 14. Yikes!

Le Tour Eiffel

On the flight out, I enjoyed reading To Capture What We Cannot Keep, a fun novel set around the building of the Eiffel Tower. When I lived in Paris in 1996, I was way up on Montmartre and rarely made it over to Eiffel’s side of the city.

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On this visit, we enjoyed an afternoon walk to Trocadero where the structure, once disparagingly referred to as the metal asparagus, wowed us and a whole crowd of visitors.

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One pleasure of the crowd watching throughout the whole trip was noticing a clear demographic shift since 1996–way, way more people of color, both residents and visitors. It was such a treat to be back!

Maine Summer!

A random collection of shots from this beautiful Maine summer. Liam attended a soccer camp he loved (sadly no photos), Reid ran track, I painted walls and got us out to pick endless quarts of berries, and Tim (with generous help from Topher) built a tree house. We also moved back into our wonderful home!

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Reid and I watch as the adept woodsman Lucas takes down our pine.

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And we adults did manage some desk work. Liam and Reid had their picture published in The Washington Post (not the shot above, but one similar). It accompanied an essay I wrote about our family’s year in graphic novels. I also recently had an essay published in Slate about how Monteverde turned me on to climate activism.

Los chicos take on cooking

Liam and Reid have really become helpful family members this year–washing dishes, helping in the garden, and generally offering to chip in. So, we’ve taken on cooking this summer. They each picked two meals to prepare for the family (with the assistance of an adult sous chef and an eager brother). Liam made spring rolls (pictured here) and turkey vegetable wraps. Reid delighted us with tacos and mini quiches.

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