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Antique Mommy

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The Confliction of Five and Ten

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:23:05 +0000

What follows is a post I wrote in the fall of 2009.  Sean was five.  He is now ten, on the verge of 11. And once again we again find ourselves wobbling unsteadily between two worlds.  The one constant in the midst of the never ending river of change that is childhood is Mr. Monkey […](image)

Antique Mommy 1, Easter Bunny 0

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:05:43 +0000

I always think I should make Sean an Easter basket or fill a Christmas stocking. But I never do. I think the last time I made an Easter basket for Sean, he was four or five. That was the year I had the bright idea of filling Easter eggs with coins instead of candy.  I am […](image)

Wherein I Am Omniscient With The Help Of Amazon

Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:07:06 +0000

As many of you know, Sean is now a 10-year-old boy and as such, I have had to learn to lengthen the leash, to give him a bit more freedom. I have had to carefully calculate how much to lengthen the rope by the severity of the consequences that could befall any unfortunate decision he […](image)

Pi Day

Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:43:10 +0000

Today is Pi Day. It is the day we celebrate the elusive, mysterious and incalculable mathematical equation known as pi, or the constant ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle. It is also Einstein’s birthday, a curiously divine celestial arrangement. But to me, March 14th will always be the day my dad […](image)

The Good Pilot

Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:26:28 +0000

Years ago, back in the mid-70s I think it was, my beloved Godmother had a heart attack and flat lined on the table.  She miraculously pulled through and lived many more years.  She had always been a fragile sort, not much of a fighter, and had many health issues.  Without ever saying, I always supposed […](image)

The Grocery Store

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:48:44 +0000

Today I had to go to the grocery store. These days that task is as mundane as it sounds. Except for that the grocery store is never mundane, especially if you shop at Walmart as I often do.  Walmart embodies the whole of the broken state of humanity. It is where it all hangs out […](image)


Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:11:59 +0000

When my mother-in-law dozed off, I shut the door to her room at the assisted living facility and looked for some place where I could sit unnoticed and NOT think. When you are visiting a place such as that, you can only really think one thought:  Life is a river flowing in one direction.  Eventually […](image)

On Being Ruth

Sun, 13 Oct 2013 19:39:09 +0000

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the account of Naomi and Ruth, as found in the short Book of Ruth in the Old Testament. Naomi is Ruth’s Jewish mother-in-law.  Ruth is a Moabite .  This complicates matters because Israel and Moab were long-standing enemies.  Mother-in-law relationships can be challenging in the best […](image)

Fifty Ways To Leave Your Clutter

Sat, 14 Sep 2013 11:40:24 +0000

There are two kinds of people in the world.  Those whose clutter makes them feel secure and gives them comfort.  And those whose clutter gives them anxiety. I fall into the second category.  I feel overwhelmed by too much. My mother and my husband fall into the first category.  This is a problem.  Not for […](image)

The Truth About Late-In-Life Motherhood

Sun, 21 Jul 2013 02:20:06 +0000

I recently got a request from a well known publication to write a short piece on older motherhood.  I have responded to enough of these kinds of requests in the past to know they aren’t really looking for illumination. They are looking for inflammation. They are looking to stir up women who have (for whatever […](image)