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Oh My Heart

Today I was going over some of his Grammar/Literature work with Cooter.  In one lesson the concept of "cause and effect" was presented, and there were opportunities to talk about it in the context of stories.  Then he was given a situation and he had to think and write about possible causes. The first one… Continue reading Oh My Heart

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It Doesn’t Get Any Easier

“Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.” “Don’t eat too many strawberries.” “You know, you shouldn’t take any pain relievers at all.” “Why didn’t you take something for your headache?  A bad one’s not good for the baby.” “You should sleep more.” “You should really be exercising more.” “Be careful how much you are exercising.” And… Continue reading It Doesn’t Get Any Easier

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They Are Watching Us

I've been cranky this evening.  With my poor family.  And I only threw Miss Sophie's "baby" for her to retrieve about ten times.  Just sad. This happens when night comes and I still don't know what I'm writing about. And tonight that's exactly where I'm at. I don't know what to write. It's not writer's… Continue reading They Are Watching Us

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cast of stones

there are times on this journey when the path is covered with brambles and the way is almost indiscernible this is when I miss your voice the most and the wisdom you shared as easily as the stories from days gone by and sometimes they were the same you seemed so assured of right and… Continue reading cast of stones

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Time to Unplug and Reset

I'm feeling a bit sanctimonious, y'all. That is the code word that Mama and my Great Aunt used to say when they had done something that they really didn't want to do.  Or they had problem-solved like a boss. And I have done that second one. We bought our washer two years ago this past… Continue reading Time to Unplug and Reset

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On Memory, Cats, and Amounting to Something

This evening Cooter and I headed up to Macon to join Aub for a special performance at Wesleyan.  It was something I really wanted to see, and Cooter really wanted to see his sister.  Our Princess had swim practice, so she and the Fella were off in that direction. As we rode up there, I… Continue reading On Memory, Cats, and Amounting to Something

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Saying Their Names

Our Princess loves to check the mail. I don't blame her.  It was my thing once upon a time too. Yesterday she brought in a stack of mail.  A bill, unsolicited advertisements, a catalog, a magazine, and a package. An unexpected package, I should add, which sent tingles of delight and anticipation surging through us all.… Continue reading Saying Their Names

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Love is Always in Season

The day is here.  Everything is red hearts and pink hearts and roses and chocolates and Sweethearts Conversation hearts. All things I can do without. Well, maybe except for the conversation hearts.  I used to think those things had some kind of "Magic Eight Ball" foretelling ability.  And we all know the M8B knew..... I… Continue reading Love is Always in Season

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The Next Couple of Days

And so it's time for the pages on the calendar that carry me away to a paradoxical place for a couple of days. The days that are so full of emotion and good and hard things that it's difficult to reconcile them all together in my one heart and mind. February 10, 2007  My baby,… Continue reading The Next Couple of Days

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Sharing Stories Around the Picnic Table

On New Year's Day, over Maemae's Swedish Christmas Ginger Cookies in the shapes of Star Wars characters with a side of sparkling cider, I got to share stories with my nephews and my littles.  They sat around the picnic table I bought and brought home and painted on one of the occasions the Fella was… Continue reading Sharing Stories Around the Picnic Table