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Ode to Momma Jo

We all have those people who have crossed our paths evoking a gut level  physical and mental reaction upon meeting them for the first time. Is it fear? Is it awe? Is it, “What the heck? Who is that and how did she do that?” Or is it “Oh no. I cannot do that!” That is Joanne, or Momma Jo as she is so affectionately referred to. Truth be told,  I experienced every one of those questions beginning in 2009…

Is it a day planner or a glimpse into something more?

My mother is 80 years old. She is 4 foot 10 inches and as she says, back to her fighting weight of 105 pounds. Note that her mother, my grandma Amelia at almost 80 years old was 4 foot 10 inches and 205 pounds. Both very formidable yet warm, funny, and individual in their own way. My mother is old school and I love that about her. It can be frustrating because she has no answering machine and she is…

My New Year’s Wishes

Happy New Year! There isn't much to say that has not already been said on social media or the news wires. The talk about resolutions and wishes for looking back, looking ahead, making amends, losing weight, joining a gym, or multiple suggestions for drastic change cause me to pause for a simpler wish list. So here is a short list of my new year's wishes for you! I wish that: your hugs are plentiful and strong both in giving and…

Dear Santa, Love Mom.

This year as empty nesters, the Christmas dynamic is slightly different in our house. Chip and I cut the trees down and decorated the house by ourselves. Throughout this process, I have felt a minor loss and a longing for those old days. So, I decided I would write to Santa and tell him what I wish for Christmas as an empty nest mother of two children living out of eye and ear shot. Dear Santa, How are you? I…

Holiday absolution.

Ok let me just admit it for us both. Christmas is stressful. There are such pressures to do what you’ve always done or what you think others want you to do. SO many times i hear people say their holiday was "ok", or "stressful", or in some cases, "awful". That makes me sad so here is your 10 second lesson on holiday absolution. Dictionary.com defines absolution as a noun, “act of absolving; a freeing from blame or guilt; release from…