Thinker, Author, Maker, Mom

Author: Nadine Bernacki

  • Parents are the most essential workers of all…

    One of the silver linings of the cloud of Covid has been that we have learned to cherish our interactions with other, however brief. A smile from a stranger on a walk. A driveway conversation with a masked friend. An outside, socially distanced visit with extended family. Even the awkward, tedious online meetings. We have had to cultivate compassion and patience for ourselves and others, all doing our best in this nasty mess.

  • Recovering from Covid-19 Lockdown

    After homeschooling for a year and a half our family has returned to in-person learning, and hopefully to a time when I can regularly post to my blog.

  • Mother’s Day/VE day during Covid-19

    …in essence, the factory owners and ship builders and coal mine owners actually made their fortunes on the backs of those ‘unpaid domestic workers’ who contributed the fruit of their wombs, their time, their energy, and their creativity to create and serve those who were exploited in the workplace.

  • How (and why) to clean your oven

    Vinegar and baking soda are great fun for making fizzy reaction for the kids to play with, but I somehow doubt that the chemical reaction does much of anything to the surface on which it is occurring. Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s what my experience and basic knowledge of chemistry tells me.

  • Harpooning Glaciers

    Harpooning Glaciers

    I wrote this post in February 2019 but was promptly sidetracked by kitchen upgrades. Painting that window opened a can of worms. Then the faucet broke and had to be replaced; which meant it was a good time to sand down the counter-top; and then paint the ugly drop ceiling, and then replace the flooring, and the baseboards….

  • Ruminating on Happiness

    Ruminating on Happiness

    Seeing other people feeling joy, forgiveness, and growing into more freedom brings me happiness. Witnessing people cooperate and help each other with compassion, kindness, and grace; and being on that team brings me joy.

  • The dog ate my homework.

    The dog ate my homework.

    So here is my post, four days late and almost completely unedited…. I hope you like it.

  • Fear less.

    Fear less.

    I believe what makes me so extraordinarily careful (fearful) is that I am gifted with an imagination which can generate the most vivid and gory outcomes for almost any given situation in less than one second. And instead of visualizing the positive, hoped-for outcome, I focus on the one which my mind serves up to me on a silver platter.

  • Everyone needs a home. Every home needs homemaking.

    To say that the contributions of a homemaker are a luxury represents a complete misunderstanding of what a homemaker is.

  • The Second Birth

    The Second Birth

    …. as much as your husband or partner loves you, it’s really not possible for them to understand this part… and you need at least one person who ‘gets you’ to keep you sane. That, and probably coffee.