Hi there

I'm Anne. Also Annie; I go by either one. I'm a mom of 3, spouse to G, writer of things, former batgirl (see photo below), lucky friend, and enthusiast of ideas, books, design, parenting, art, movies, innovation, and a good laugh. 

I'm a development enthusiast. I have an MA and PhD in Child Study and Human Development from Tufts University. I've worked as Director of Research & Development for an education non-profit, served as curriculum developer for a parenting education company, taught as a tenure-track professor of human development, and helped conduct child development research ranging from teen parents to early brain development. 

We spent most of our kids' growing years living in DC/Virginia, Boston, and Australia. Now that the nest is fairly empty, we're off on a new adventure for a few years in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Stay tuned! 

I write.

This is where I write about life, parenting & family relationships, travel, religion, design, music, books, and ideas with some photos and silliness thrown into the mix. I've been blogging since 2005. 

You can also find me at Segullah, where I've posted essays with a religious flavor.

"Be joyful though you have considered all the facts" -Wendell Berry


I am also co-founder of Nest & Launch, a website dedicated to mid-stage parenting and enjoying life with big kids, pre-teens and teens. 

Come visit me (and my long-distance friend Sarah) there as we try to navigate mid-stage parenting with whatever panache, humor, and good sense we can muster--through essays, parenting info, recipes, ideas for activities, gatherings, and projects.