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Stories written by: By Clair McFarland

By Clair McFarland
Oct 19, 2017

"Freeze! Put your hands in the air!" I gulped. "OK, OK," I said. "Let me just put down my spatula, and then I will freeze, and put my hands in the air." ...

By Clair McFarland
Oct 5, 2017

"I dearly love a laugh." That's a Jane Austen quote. Even though she's not my favorite author, or even in my top 10, that quote of hers stays with me and ...

By Clair McFarland
Sep 21, 2017

Tomorrow's the equinox, and that means fall. Fall into flannel shirts, viscous cider, flexing breezes, and long, dark nights. Late Monday we could feel ...


By Clair McFarland
Sep 7, 2017

My aunt came to visit for the eclipse. Now, my mom has furnished me with some awesome aunts. There's one who always encourages me - from within her tiny ...

By Clair McFarland
Aug 24, 2017

Once, there was a wise and benevolent king who ruled a vast, busy kingdom. Under his reign, people worked and loved, lived and died. The king's laws and ...

By Clair McFarland
Aug 10, 2017

She finished last in market years ago, but there was much more to her experience than that. You'll have to forgive me if I reminisce too much. My ...


By Clair McFarland
Jul 27, 2017

I've reached a truce with a menacing ash in my yard. The tree in front of my home is a villain. I know it to be so because I have often lamented ...

By Clair McFarland
Jul 13, 2017

When you're all grown up and parenting, the question is no longer "where do babies come from?" but rather, "where the heck did these kids come from?!" ...

By Clair McFarland
Jun 29, 2017

"Mom, can I have a fidget spinner?" It was the question of the spring season - but the answer was no. I didn't say "no" because I had something against ...


By Clair McFarland
Jun 15, 2017

I keep wanting to write something adorable. In fact, I have no shortage of adorable things about which to write. For example, today marked the boys' first ...

By Clair McFarland
Jun 1, 2017

Each time the spring season wanes, graduation season begins - and a new generation steps into this mosaic of struggle and victory, toil and joy, where every ...

By Clair McFarland
May 18, 2017

I handle flu like a character in a Jane Austen novel, except without the encouraging idea that if I survive I'll get to go to the ball. I caught ...


By Clair McFarland
May 4, 2017

Morning exercise colored by thoughts of mountain lions On the last Monday in April, I longed for a morning run, but I didn't go outside. Instead, I ...

By Clair McFarland
Apr 20, 2017

The question burst out of my son not too long ago: "What on EARTH makes a person become a writer anyway?" I chuckled and shrugged off his verbal excess, ...

By Clair McFarland
Apr 6, 2017

Spring break adventures with a grade-school boy Last week was Spring Break, and we were given perfect weather for the occasion. Days of gentle ...


By Clair McFarland
Mar 9, 2017

A quick post-holiday outing had a bit of everything A short while ago, we had Christmas. That is to say, my side of the family took their annual ...

By Clair McFarland
Feb 23, 2017

And, though I'm eager for spring, so can I It ain't spring yet. At least, that's what I told myself as I admired the heap of sprouted garlic ...

By Clair McFarland
Feb 9, 2017

It's day four of potty training for my twin boys This week I'm trying to potty-train the twins, and it's going well. I mean, they stay perfectly ...


By Clair McFarland
Jan 26, 2017

We have much to learn about our new first lady We have a new year and a new president. Everything on the political front is as fresh and surprising as ...

By Clair McFarland
Jan 12, 2017

Did the electric power fail because I didn't vote? My decision not to vote still haunts me. Back in November, I avoided the general election, with ...

By Clair McFarland
Dec 29, 2016

Since the episode of the inflatable snowman, I've had to contend with The Husband's passing nickname for me: Scrooge. No, I never did shoot the snowman. ...


By Clair McFarland
Dec 15, 2016

Winter weather brings out two types of children Short days, frigid nights, homogenous soup, and indoor games: These are the things that mean winter. ...

By Clair McFarland
Dec 1, 2016

Without it, domestic pride could overshadow Christmas I would say that the Christmas season is "upon us," but that phrase sounds more ominous than ...

By Clair McFarland
Nov 17, 2016

Four weeks ago, I wrote that I'd be staying out of presidential politics for the 2016 election. And let it be known, I managed well, along with my four sons ...


By Clair McFarland
Nov 3, 2016

Normally, you see, I run Alone (yes, with a capital A) On Saturday, I got to run in Riverton's 5k Pumpkin Run. On Friday, I had told myself I ...

By Clair McFarland
Oct 20, 2016

The proportion of control that I have over my boys thinking sensibly is greater than the proportion of control that I have over placing a sensible thinker ...

By Clair McFarland
Oct 6, 2016

We've got one, and she purrs on our laps When the frost hit, we had to concede the inevitable: It was time to get an additional heat source - so we ...


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