Faith, Family, Grandchildren, Love & Marriage, Mothering

Leading The Way

With her 92nd birthday approaching (the end of August), my mother Ruthe must contemplate the final days (or years, we hope) of her incredible life on this planet. I've shared her stories more than a dozen times in this space, among them Everybody's Fine, The Tale of Bobbie Pringle (in 2 parts), and Safe In His… Continue reading Leading The Way

Culture, Education, Family, Grandchildren, Living, Mothering, NaPoWriMo, National Poetry Month, Poetry, Rants & Opinions

Let Them Be Little

Poor Connor. He is possibly the most infamous little fellow in grade school because almost everyone has heard his mom's frustrated voice as she speaks into her smart-phone, summoning iPhone's version of the Shell Answer Man and she asks:  Why is Connor having trouble focusing in school? The question appears to bamboozle Siri who answers:  Having trouble finding Connor's… Continue reading Let Them Be Little

Culture, Family, Genealogy, Happiness, Health & WellBeing, Living, Mothering, Television

I’ll Be There For You

Twenty years ago, a television show called FRIENDS debuted. The series ran for ten seasons and chronicled the lives of six characters (3 guys, 3 girls), twenty-somethings living in New York City. Billed as a romantic-comedy series, the show aired to generally mixed reviews but quickly built an audience. In many respects, it was SEINFELD for… Continue reading I’ll Be There For You

Abortion, Arkansas, Culture, Education, Health & WellBeing, Mothering, War Against Women

A Woman’s Right to Know

One of my dear friends is serving her first term in the Arkansas House of Representatives. This week, she presented a bill that addresses a 2001 Arkansas law entitled The Woman's Right to Know Act of 2001. After some 14 years, it's reasonable to think changes in the law are timely and appropriate. My friend's efforts to… Continue reading A Woman’s Right to Know

Christianity, Dying, Faith, Family, Goodbyes, Heroes, Living, Mothering, Religion

Beauty In The Last Breath

Kara Tippetts died yesterday. She was 38, the mother of four and wife of 17 years to Jason. Though I never had the pleasure to meet her, like scores of others, I "knew" her through a blog, Mundane Faithfulness, where she shared the story of her short life with grace and authenticity. My first acquaintance with Tippetts… Continue reading Beauty In The Last Breath

Adventure, Family, Films, Genealogy, History, Hope, Living, Mothering, Movies

Opening a Door . . . For Closure

Origins matter. Whether your family has lived in the same vicinity for 200 years or you're part of the broad population that moves around every couple of years, wherever you "come from" is important. My own interest in origins feeds my love for genealogy. It's not just the ancestral names and faces who are fascinating but… Continue reading Opening a Door . . . For Closure

Culture, Education, Family, Living, Mothering

The Curse of Super-Mommery

Adult children and the moms who love them ... these relationships can be challenging, exasperating and beyond bewildering at times! Speaking as one who experiences life from both perspectives, I have come to understand no matter how old I am, I remain always my mother's daughter. She does not know how to un-mother me just… Continue reading The Curse of Super-Mommery

Family, Genealogy, History, Humor, Living, Mothering, Poetry

Eye For An Eye, Log For A Log

From the time of childhood, we're admonished not to point fingers at others. Whether it's because "it's rude to point" (as my mother often told me) or because a child is trying to shift blame for a misbehavior, pointing one's finger remains a transgression that's generally frowned upon ... even though it's a tactic used almost everyday… Continue reading Eye For An Eye, Log For A Log

Culture, Family, Happiness, Living, Mothering

The Pay-Dirt of Good Intentions

An article on the HuffPost blog earlier this week caught my eye. Entitled 11 Things Empty Nesters Want Parents of Little Kids To Know, the author provides a list of observations ... all but the first tip coming from the author's friends who are already empty nesters. Apparently feeling the inevitable empty nest just around the… Continue reading The Pay-Dirt of Good Intentions

Arkansas, Books, Culture, Family, Genealogy, Grandchildren, Life & Health, Living, Mothering

Reach Out and Touch

My mother-in-law phoned this morning. For many people, this might be an ordinary event. More often than not for me, phone calls from her send a tremor of worry through me. Because of her various life challenges, using the phone has become a complex operation; her dementia makes communication problematic, plus her hearing has diminished so she can't always… Continue reading Reach Out and Touch