Day One: Advent calendar

Tiny windows open to reveal one perfect treat. Felt pockets hide bright, sequined ornaments. Hand knit baby stockings, machine-stitched cornucopia, Santa holding a tiny chalkboard, red and green tissue paper wrapped packages numbered one to 25: The advent calendar tradition is alive and well, and this year it’s come to mutterhood with our very own…

Must See TV

Sunday night TV’s gotten really good again (who else misses The Good Wife?) with Big Little Lies, a new HBO miniseries about a small group of first-grade moms whose petty, Type A rivalries culminate in murder. Sound far-fetched? Hardly. Anyone who’s ever served on a PTA board knows women like Maddy, Celeste and Jane, the…

All the Missing Girls

 ‘I have to tell it this way, in pieces. I have to work my way up to it. Work my way back to it. I have to show you the beautiful things before I get to the ugly.’ Even if you can go home again, should you? In Megan Miranda’s All the Missing Girls, that question…

Family Photos

For demonstration purposes, here is a photo we took while visiting the Space Needle in Seattle: You may be wondering, who in their right mind would share that photo? We look like we spent the night in the rain waiting for the last train to the apocalypse. To a person this is the worst picture…

Home

When I think about home it’s rooms that pop into mind: the kitchen at my grandmother’s house; my office in the early morning; the dining room where my children did their homework; my best friend Cathy’s teenage bedroom on the morning her mother and I sorted through her clothes a few weeks after she died….

2017

She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.

Winning two ways

Quick! The next mutterReads selection, Before the Fall by Noah Hawley, is today’s Kindle Daily Deals on Amazon. For $3.99 (today only) you can get a head start on one of this summer’s great beach reads, a page-turner that explores the mystery behind a private plane crash off Martha’s Vineyard, and the stories of its passengers. That’s not all! We’re giving away…

Let’s see what develops

At mutterhood we celebrate the art of photography every day so we’re thrilled to celebrate National Camera Day by sharing both new school and old school photo tidbits. Without getting all gear nerdy, here’s a snap of my latest camera, the Olympus Air, that fits in the palm of my hand, takes my micro four/thirds lenses and…

mutter minute – June 24

Is it just us or has the news this week been particularly unrelenting? To bring some levity to our week, today’s Minute offers a few of the more lighthearted things we found to see, go, read and do this weekend. We’re just going to say it: Watch the Game of Thrones finale on Sunday. Season 6 draws…

mutter minute – June 17

It’s been a week, hasn’t it? But it’s Friday (finally), so here are a few ideas of things to read, see and do over the next few days. Read The Nest, our inaugural pick for the mutterReads book club. It’s about four siblings, one of whom has blown through the family inheritance without really telling the others….

mutter minute – June 10

Who’s ready for the weekend? Here are a few things to read, see, go and do that caught our eye: If you’re in Chicago, head to the south Loop tomorrow and Sunday for the Printer’s Row Lit Fest. We’ll be fan-girling over Bonnie Jo Campbell, Sara Paretsky and Marilynne Robinson, among others, plus a host…

It’s the little things . . .

. . . that lead to bigger things. When we launched mutterhood.com three years ago, we had one modest goal: to publish an online literary magazine that created, in words and pictures, a community of voices sparked by one idea. We chose a word for each issue – resolution, spin, industry – and offered readers…