And it wasn’t from anaphylactic shock

“What’s on your arm?” My son was watching me straighten up the cushions on our outdoor furniture.

“It’s just where I was stung,” I waved him off and kept going. I’d been stung near my knuckles by a honeybee the day before. …

“Why is this catsuit here?” My son was helping me unload my trunk.

“Oh, you know,” I answered, “who knows when you might need a catsuit.”

I’m not a catsuit wearer, actually. I’d gotten it from a friend who I really like. A friend who regularly goes dancing for fun…

Maybe you’ve heard about the honeybee plight, how honeybees are in decline.

You were looking for a hobby.

You watched that Texas beekeeper’s Tik Tok video, how she picks up handfuls of bees with her bare hands.

Or, possibly you’re a parent who couldn’t decide on a good birthday present…

Reflections from a year in an outdoor classroom

Late June 2020, New Jersey

I’m back teaching after a three-month hiatus. It’s the first day since a pandemic entered America and shut down schools. We’ve turned our inside preschool into an outside one.

We are in a new world, a new…

When an unexpected gift sparked a memory and a roadmap

Finger knitted yarn, wrapped in a ball, in a mosaic of colors

I was standing outside on my lunch break when a message appeared from a long-ago friend.

She had a question for me. Could I call?

I was intrigued. A mystery! I pressed her number.

“Well, hellllooo Megan,” she said in her familiar deep voice. She always greeted me that way…

It’s finally spring.

And I finally feel bold enough to write that I made it through a New Jersey winter teaching mainly outside. I’m surprised by this and also by just how much-unexpected pleasure I discovered in the adventure.

Back in late August, when I earnestly began to plan for…

And the delight of crossing “someday” off my list

You know that scene in the Sound of Music where Julie Andrews (Maria) sews up clothes from old curtains and, within a few short hours, all seven children have play clothes? It’s always bugged me.

Sewing takes time. Who was watching…

And why you should always have a can of tuna fish

I heard the back door open.

“There’s a cat under the shed.”

Did I hear my husband correctly? I doubted it. But hoped for it.

Couldn’t be.

Could it?

We have two loud barking dogs. Why would any cat…

And all the other things, too.

I’m in phase one of getting back into my jeans.

This means I can wear them for about fifteen minutes before getting in a bad mood about the way they have gotten tight in my upper thigh area. …

What my friends and neighbors make for dinner when they haven’t been to the store

I’m always wondering what people make for dinner when it’s been a while since they’ve shopped. When my ingredients run low, I fantasize about dropping in the kitchens of my friends to see what creative thing they’re whipping up. But life isn’t really like that anymore. It’s one of the…

Megan Houston Sager

Teacher, writer, mother, maker. I have a story about that.

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