Tag Archives: Mama Says

Turning 90

Mom and Tag - Olivia Newport

I’m not turning 90. But my mother is, in just a few days. She’s always been a little proud to share a birthday with Thomas Edison. My dad died when he was 83, and both of my in-laws were gone by their mid-80s as well. So it feels like a big deal to have our […]

Mama Says: Special Presentation

Mom and Tag - Olivia Newport

Now don’t send me hate mail because you love your dog. I am about to tell you a story about my mother and her dog. Here’s the preface. My mother is fond of her dog. She recognizes that he has been good for her in the years since she’s had him. But today is her […]

One Year of Mama Says

Mom and Tag - Olivia Newport

Almost a year ago I started a Friday feature called “Mama Says.” Every week I shared something my mother has said that caused me to laugh, reflect, act. It’s been fun to hear that people looked forward to what Mama had to say each week. “Mama Says” as a weekly feature has come to an […]

Mama Says #48

Mom and Tag - Olivia Newport

My mom lives in south Florida, on the Gulf side. So the first part of this week was of particular curiosity for me. Where would Isaac hit land? Would it be a hurricane? What was the weather forecast for my mother’s town? When I talked to her on the phone she said my brother, who […]

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 #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 #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. […]

Mama Says #24

Mom and Tag - Olivia Newport

I don’t even know the context of this comment. My brother, who shares a home with my mother, is on alert for the quippy things she says. (Yes, I know quippy is not a dictionary kind of word, but I’m not writing a dictionary.) Fulfilling his duties, he sent me a text message that reported […]