On Turning 40

by Ruth, aka Momma Frizzle My 42nd birthday is tomorrow. I anticipate a quiet day at home. No huge events or drama. But if past birthdays are any indication, things may not go that smoothly. And I’m okay with that too.   May 25, 2010 — When Dan sweetly whispered...
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Gently Leading Ewes

by Ruth, aka Momma Frizzle We entered the barn to a solemn birth scene. There was an edge of sorrow to what should have been happy proceedings. After months of waiting, my farmer friend Heather phoned yesterday afternoon to say her ewe Charlotte was in labor. The kids and I raced...
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Earth Day Meditation

by Ruth, aka Momma Frizzle Waiting for the Landlord, Part 2 A couple things occurred to me while preparing our rented house for the landlord’s visit this week.   1. I’d forgotten about him. At least in any daily or practical way, I hardly ever think about our...
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A Year of Living Dangerously

by Ruth, aka Momma Frizzle According to Japanese conventional wisdom, my husband has just made it through a very bad year. We learned this unsettling bit of news from a friend on Sunday.   Hearing that Daddy Rooster would celebrate his 43rd birthday today, our friend said...
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Back Porch Happy Hour

by Ruth, aka Momma Frizzle Driving home after a busy Saturday, all I could think about was this… This back porch view This waning sunlight This cool breeze This fruity drink And enjoying it all by myself   Kids taking evening baths Daddy Rooster traveling to meetings...
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Dying Tomorrow

by Ruth, aka Momma Frizzle A man died tomorrow in Christchurch, New Zealand.   A kind man I knew because he was the father of a dear friend. A gracious man I shared Thanksgiving with one year and Christmas the next. A friendly man at ease in the chaos of small children and...
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Ocean Meadows

by Dena, aka Ma Cluck I exchanged an ocean of blue for an ocean of green in coming to Tennessee. Once we lived in Florida near the brilliant Atlantic Ocean and white coastline. Blue waves wash up seashells, salty wind always blows, sun eternally shines a blaze of light. And...
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