Boston Marathon

Teleclass: Helping Parents Talk To and Calm Their Children After Boston’s Tragedy

I wanted to share a free tele-class tomorrow at 12pm EST for Boston moms coping in the aftermath of our city’s tragedy. Mommybites Boston, along with Dr. Kate Roberts, a Boston-based child psychologist, will be leading the discussion.
Registration link below:

From Mommybites Boston:

Our facilitator will be Dr. Kate Roberts, a child psychologist and parenting coach with over 25 years of experience. Based in Hamilton and Salem, she is a well-known expert in the field of parenting and child psychology, and has published a number of articles in professional journals and writes a bi-weekly parenting column in the Salem News; Dr. Kate’s Parent Rap. Dr. Kate’s unique coaching practice “helps parents, help their children”. Her New Reality Parenting, is a coaching model that offers practical, targeted strategies that guide parents through the unexpected glitches of today’s ultra crazed, fast paced everyday life. Her focused solutions take the stress out of overscheduled and bring a smoothness to even the bumpiest transitions. Contact her via email at or phone 978-884-1213 .Visit, Facebook or Twitter.


I signed in for this late (connection troubles and a repairman visit took up some time) and it was terrific. Great suggestions and advice.

For those of you who missed this important teleclass, facilitated by Dr. Kate Roberts, here is a link to the taped class and discussion.


For the first time in over thirty years, I missed the Boston Marathon. I missed my street being closed off, I missed the early morning quiet transforming into a carnival-like day. I missed people setting up lawn chairs on the side of Comm. Ave, the balloon and food vendors, the music, the joy. We have timed our crossing of the route to see friends (you don’t want to ever interfere with the runners – it takes strategy and a little fleetness of foot). We have watched for the Hoyts, the front runners, and the funny outfits. We have yelled ourselves hoarse for teams. Family and friends have run the race over the years, we have made signs, scanned the crowd for them and cheered madly as they went by.

Next year we will be there for the 118th Boston Marathon.

Now, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and all of the wonderful people of Boston.









April Vacation

I don’t like the word staycation (nor do I like the much used webinar) although I have stayed home over school break and attended a seminar on-line – I just don’t like to use those particular words. I’m quirky like that.

So we had one of the aforementioned vacations this April (and this February for that matter). What did we do? Well, we live just off the route of the Boston Marathon so we are pretty blocked in for much of the day, so we baked (a cheesecake, an apple pie and a chocolate pudding pie). Sure, it was 95 degrees that day. Hottest place in Massachusetts – anywhere on the Marathon route (especially if you were running). Second hottest place…my kitchen.

One or more of our family did some or all of the following: Caught up with friends and family, watched the Marathon, had a lemonade stand, went to soccer camp,  sailed, ordered takeout, watched movies, ate donuts, read books, had a sleepover  (still recovering), went to Six Flags, took driving lessons, music lessons, did some homework and went away for weekend to Block Island, worked, went to the new MGH museum, walked, rode bikes, went to soccer practice, played in a soccer game, went to shopping in the burbs and in Boston, went to a photo exhibit, cooked dinner, kicked around Beacon Hill and Charles Street, grocery shopped, cleaned the house, did laundry, drove carpool, went to brunch at The Common Ground, put away winter gear, started a new job. Guess which of the fun things I did?

The Common Ground (85 Harvard Avenue, Allston) has a terrific brunch – now 11 – 2 but starting 10- 2 with an newly expanded menu next week. Great home fries, eggs, toast, and turkey bacon and sausage, apple crisp, yoghurt and homemade granola and a lovely salad.  All you can eat or you can order off the menu. I had the incomparable French toast – get it if you love Bananas Foster – you will be in heaven! The home fries are delicious and I barely restrained myself from swiping bacon off my friend’s plate.

Stuff we wanted to do but didn’t… go to historic Fenway Park, the MFA (although I tried), or the beach, and we still have to get to Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum. Maybe next weekend. Happy back-to-school!


Chocolate Cinnamon Cookies or what I’ll be eating as the Marathon goes past my house.

capability mom's chocolate cinnamon cookies for the marathonHere is an amazing chocolate cookie recipe. I have made it for teachers, friends and for just us. The first two times that I made them I did not beat the eggs for as long as directed (I am not a particularly precise person and this shows in my baking)  but the cookies were wonderful and people asked for the recipe.  In any event, this time I beat the eggs for 8 minutes and they were incredibly light and gorgeous (sort of like the Earthquake cookies at Sofra although I will not claim that level of wonderful). So, precise or not, these cookies are crowd pleasers.

Chocolate Cinnamon Cookies


  • 16 oz, bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), chopped
  • 2 tbsp. (1/4 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar

Stir chocolate and butter in top of double boiler over barely simmering water until melted and smooth (you can also put in glass microwave safe bowl and start with one minute in the microwave – increase time by 30 seconds intervals until melted). Remove from over water, cool to lukewarm.

Stir flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt into medium bowl. Beat eggs, 1 1/2 cups sugar and vanilla in large bowl until pale and thick, about 8 minutes. (Note: Start beating eggs AFTER chocolate is melted because it takes about 16-20 minutes for chocolate to cool to lukewarm). Fold in melted chocolate. Mix in dry ingredients in two additions.

Chill dough until firm enough to scoop, about one hour.  Can be made one day ahead. cover, chill.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter two large baking sheets. Shape dough by scant 2 tablespoonfuls into 1 1/2 inch balls. Roll in powdered sugar and place on prepared sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake until tops crack and cookies are just firm to the touch, about 12 minutes. Transfer to racks and cool. Makes about 30 cookies.

go runners marathon signA beautiful day for the Marathon and we will be out there cheering on the runners.  Happy Patriot’s Day!

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