Wonder-Working Chex Mix

The Best Chex Mix

Updated for 2015. My Grandma Martha Borzykowski used to make a mean Chex Mix — and it inspired me in the late 1990s to push the envelope and try to perfect the classic holiday finger food. Here, for the first time [in 2008], I share my highly customized recipe for the best Chex mix. Continue Reading →

U2 kept my soul tender: Reflections on the profound influence of the world’s most famous band

U2 in concert.

When Jon and I went to the U2 concert in late June, I merely expected to have an excellent time rocking out. I didn’t expect that it would spark a full summer of serious reflection on the way my soul has been formed by listening to U2 over the past three decades. Continue Reading →

Life lessons through literature: Grieving a raccoon

Tissues, toy cats, and Kildee House.

Sometimes reading good books together can lead you onto paths that you are not expecting — just like life. Continue Reading →

Remembering Pearlio: How to have a fish funeral

Pearlio, in his habitat.

Today is the first birthday of our dear kittens, Franny and Pepper. Adorable as they may be, we feel that it is appropriate to give a fuller picture of their characters by telling the story of one of their most heinous crimes — and its effect on all the creatures in our household. Continue Reading →

For the Sake of My Sisters

Lucy and Rosie at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

With two daughters and a lifetime of experience as a female, I have a few things to lament about the way our world treats the ladies. Continue Reading →

In which I take issue with Shakespeare and invite you to my 40th birthday party

Waiting for the el

I was browsing through a copy of Shakespeare’s sonnets the other day and came across one that begins: When forty winters shall besiege thy brow… “Excellent!” I thought. “This will be perfect for my fortieth birthday!” Continue Reading →

How we became cat-owners: The story of Franny and Pepper

Kittens in a basket.

In the spirit of tying up loose ends and working on my 2015 goals (“write more!”), let me offer this story of one of the most significant changes in our household last year: the tale of a family who adopted two kittens, one mother’s reluctance, and the glorious craziness of pet-ownership that has ensued. Continue Reading →

Look out! It’s the 2014 Boyd Mad Lib!

Christmas Card 2014 front 1000w

Yet again this year, we are sending out a blank Mad Lib for the fun-loving among you to create your very own version of a Boyd holiday letter. But if you’re curious about the official version, read on. Continue Reading →

It Won’t Be Taken Away — Visiting with Mary and Martha, part 12

Psalm 103

Mary gets to keep her choice, and we do too. Continue Reading →

Comparing the Sisters — Visiting with Mary and Martha, part 11

Black and white mugs.

Let’s talk about the dreamer and the worker — if that is an accurate description. Continue Reading →

It’s Counter-Cultural — Visiting with Mary and Martha, part 10

Homemade cranberry sauce.

Mary, you’re making Martha uncomfortable. Continue Reading →

What Is the One Thing? — Visiting with Mary and Martha, part 9

A glass of water.

There is just one thing? Continue Reading →

What About the Work? — Visiting with Mary and Martha, part 8

Sponge and dishtowel.

These floors aren’t going to wash themselves, y’know. Continue Reading →

I Need Help — Visiting with Mary and Martha, part 7

A peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Martha is having some difficulty with her meal preparation and could use some help. Anyone? Continue Reading →

Does Anyone Care? — Visiting with Mary and Martha, part 6

Whisk broom and dust pan.

Martha, are you the only one who really cares about what’s on the menu for dinner? It’s possible… Continue Reading →

Talk to Each Other — Visiting with Mary and Martha, part 5

Ready to set the table.

Martha and Mary, don’t you think you might need to sit down and hash a few things out? Continue Reading →