Weekend links & poetry

I’ve got lots of announcements today, so hang on tight. First up—the winners of the Lisa Leonard giveaway. They are: Shannon M. and Karen. Congratulations, ladies! We’ll be in touch shortly.

If you didn’t win, Lisa’s got a coupon code for you, good for 10% off your entire purchase: SIMPLEMOM20. It expires tomorrow (Monday, March 19), so hurry!

Next up are the ten winners of the Joy the Baker Cookbook, as a reward for your hard work in week two of Project Simplify. They are: Jen, Hannah, Heather, Becky, Kelly, MWilliams, BethWindel, YogaKendra, Emily Roach, and Steph. Congrats to all of you! We’ll email you soon as well.

A quick reminder that tomorrow we’re starting our next hotspot—the countertops, closets, and drawers. Get thee ready!

And if you’ve been enjoying the monthly poems (like the one below), you’ve got a treat in store! A lovely and free e-book of Sarah’s poems will be released in April, in time for National Poetry Month. Head to her newly updated website to sign up for e-mail notification.


On days when the kids are bored,
they drag themselves to me
on feeble legs, staggering
under the load of their need
for something to make them
feel alive.

So I kick them outside—
not for the exhilarating effect of nature
(though there is that), but because
the effect of being followed
by a small, whining person
is enough to unhinge
my tired mind.

I close the door with relief
as they run off to the sunlit grass,
and then I take my mind by the hand,
and limp with it to the nearest

I, too, am starving to feel alive,
and so to take the edge off this hunger
I guzzle a stream of 140-character
blips and blurbs, and then move on
to the meat of e-mail
and blog posts.

Afterward, though,
part of me is still not satisfied,
so I try to re-enter real life
by tidying up the house,
my eyes scanning the pieces of my world
to find what is lovely and worthy
of gratitude.

Sure enough—
late afternoon sun is filling
the window over the kitchen sink
with a golden warmth that hallows
those dry garlic bulbs sending out
withered sprouts on the sill.

My first impulse
is to post a picture
of this redemptive beauty,
for all the world to behold and enjoy—

but I’m rescued
by the racket of the kids
bursting in the door
to announce the unexpected arrival
of our neighbor and her daughter,
who have walked over—
on their feet—
to spend time with us
this sunny day.

© 2012 Sarah Dunning Park

Sarah Dunning Park

Sarah lives with her husband and three daughters outside of San Francisco. She is the author of What It Is Is Beautiful, a collection of honest poems about parenting.

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  1. Thanks for yet another great weekend link! Especially loved the Gypsy Mama post!

  2. such a refreshing poem. thank you!

  3. Thanks, Tacy!! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  4. Isn’t it bizarre that we tend to veer towards the very activities that make us feel the worst about our own existence. It’s like a self-destructive streak that unites us all. I constantly fight the urge to zone out while real life passes me by – like a mosquito to the ugliest shade of luminescence ever beheld.

  5. Thanks for the “tricky people” link, great advice for keeping our kids safe.

  6. So excited to read Joy’s book! Thanks.

  7. I love Sarah’s commitment to finding hallowed moments in withered garlic bulbs and disarray…I’m training my eyes and my heart to see this way, too.

  8. Yes! That poem sums up exactly why I went screen free yesterday – I needed to live my real life, to be reminded of my own corner of wonder.

    I love the imagery of the kids rescuing her!

  9. That creative article is actually really reassuring!

  10. I just love Sarah’s poetry. It so echoes my life. (we’re a pear budget family, too, Sarah!)

  11. Awesome!!! Nicole, it’s great to meet you! I’m thrilled that you connect with my poetry, and I love meeting our PearBudget users! (Hopefully you know this, but *please* e-mail or send a tweet any time you wish it did something differently!)

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