Monthly Archives: January 2014

Getting Better at Winter

By Esther C. Baird/Tri-Town Transcript columnist
First Published in the Tri-Town Transcript January 30, 2014

Look, I get that we live north of Boston. The weather is exactly as it should be. And I am trying very hard to be cool with that. Someday it will be May and I will walk Blue Ears without dressing like I’m at McMurdo Station. Someday I will complain about bugs again. But for now it’s tundra season and we’ve decided, like many of you Regular Readers, to embrace winter as The Family Who Skis….
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The Fish Who Lived

By Esther C. Baird/Tri-Town Transcript columnist
First Published in the Tri-Town Transcript January 17, 2014

Regular Readers may have caught the line in my last column about a fish tank a certain unprepared parent purchased for her daughter at Christmas. I’d done just enough reading about fish tanks, and the crazy nitrogen cycling process, to know that it’d be easier to launch myself to the moon, with a bucket on my head for air supply, than it would be for a fish to survive the rigors of unexperienced owners.
So we prepped our first grade daughter accordingly….
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[Road] Tripping Into Winter

By Esther C. Baird/Tri-Town Transcript columnist
First Published in the Tri-Town Transcript January 1, 2014

Well it’s January. The lights are still twinkling on many houses, but the Christmas trees are yellowed and the stores are onto Valentine’s Day. The reason for sequins, holiday cookies, and sugar-rimmed cocktails has vanished into the winter mist.
The New Year stares at us full of gym memberships, carrot sticks and nights spent wondering why we bought our daughter a glow in the dark fish tank….
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