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Mama Says #44

Mom and Tag - Olivia Newport

Are you waiting around for something great to happen in your life? Are you thinking that once you achieve XYZ event, then your life will be on track? I suppose I was doing that once Sunday when I talked with my mom. Her advice? You can’t live life in advance. How true. Don’t miss the […]

Mama Says #43

Mom and Tag - Olivia Newport

Last week was a good week. Intense, but good. After being out of town all week, I was trying to get home Friday night and my flight was canceled. I got home Saturday afternoon, feeling wiped. Then after church today I found myself locked out of the house. Hubby, who had house keys, did not […]

Mama Says #42

Mom and Tag - Olivia Newport

The older I get, the more easily I’ll just stop reading a book I’m not enjoying. Life is too short, and too many books are on the list. I’m not sure why my mom doesn’t do that, considering how much older she is than I am. But she expresses her displeasure in other ways. Recently […]

Mama Says #41

Mom and Tag - Olivia Newport

I remember the four-year-old girl in children’s church in 1984 who was not following instructions or behaving in a remotely socially appropriate way. When I asked her to do something I thought might help her settle down, she glared at me and said, “You’re not the boss of me.” Ahem. Let’s just see about that! […]

Mama Says #40

Mom and Tag - Olivia Newport

It’s been hot around here. Our temperatures have been matching south Florida. Humidity is about 90 percent lower than Florida, but it’s still hot. Mom has some advice about how to bring down the temperatures where you live. I figure it’s good advice for wherever you are if it’s hot. “Take a vacation to a […]

Mama Says #39

Mama did not say anything this week. She just went a little wild. Here’s a little video my brother made.    

Mama Says #38

Mom and Tag - Olivia Newport

Me? Personally, I like seasons. Not extreme ones, mind you, but gentle indications of movement through the seasons of my life. Mom hates winter too much to put up with it in exchange for surprises of spring and fall. Her weather report from south Florida is usually something like, “It’s been the same for such […]

Mama Says #37

Mom and Tag - Olivia Newport

One lazy Sunday afternoon Mom and I were talking about some recent event in the news. I can’t say we really knew much about it. I can well imagine Mom on her chair on the lanai, waving her hand as she said, “If they don’t print it up on the sky over my backyard, I […]

Mama Says #36

Mom and Tag - Olivia Newport

When I was growing up, every Sunday after church we had pot roast, mashed potatoes, peas, gravy, and Brown ‘n’ Serve rolls. I can smell it now. I never quite got the hang of going off to church and still managing to put a great meal on the table more or less immediately after getting […]

Mama Says #35

Mom and Tag - Olivia Newport

Do you ever have haiku moments? Not long ago I read something that defined haiku as more than just a poem with 17 syllables. This art form also captures the essence of a person’s connection to the beauty of nature at that moment. Recently my mother was telling me how beautiful a particular day was. […]