50 Words

In late spring, words came to her again. The long silence broken not with a flood but a trickle. Throughout the winter, she had written many things just not the words of her heart. Those lay dormant. But she lived in sunny spaces, so the freeze was not too deep.
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The Trouble with Autobiography

I find writing a personal bio to be a difficult undertaking. It’s simultaneously a summary of 43 years of living, working, and becoming AND a specific point-in-time snapshot of that amalgamation. Plus, I have to consider the audience, organization, or project, so...
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frazzled mama's playlist

Frazzled Mama’s Playlist

I’m a bit frazzled. Big things are coming up soon, and I have A LOT to do. I’ll spare you the details because you already know how it feels. You’ve got your own stuff.  We’re women, if there’s anything we all understand it’s multitasking....
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Washing Away

  When I go to the springs, I’m usually washing away something. Disappointment. Frustration. Failure. Stress. When those nagging voices get too loud, I drown them in the cool, clear water. It always works. Of course, jumping into spring water isn’t the only way I...
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Good-night, February

by Ruth, a.k.a. Momma Frizzle Rough month. Simple as that. It started with a funeral. And a realization. This is where we’re at – Dying parents, aging selves. To discover this alongside Dearest friends was a sweet mercy. But a hard truth, none the less. As if to punctuate...
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Jeeps and Funerals

by Ruth, a.k.a. Momma Frizzle Recently, I met a guy at a funeral who asked, “So, what kind of car would you be?” He didn’t ask this right off the bat, of course. We’d been laughing together and matching wits like jovial boxers for awhile. That we were...
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Trouble with Greening

by Ruth, a.k.a. Momma Frizzle Around my Central Florida home, the orange groves should be dense with sweet fruit. Some of them are, but an alarming number are not. A creeping disease called “greening” has withered and sickened many of my favorite old trees. Citrus...
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