To-Do List

by Ruth, a.k.a. Momma Frizzle I’m not a record keeper by nature. Most of the time, I don’t work off of “to-do” lists, grocery lists, or checklists. Daily planners have rotted in my possession. My iPhone calendar holds a bare minimum of scheduling details....
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Storybook Romance

by Ruth, aka Momma Frizzle Last night, I started reading a romance novel to my kids.   ā€œIā€™m going to tell you why this is a love story,” I said, showing them my dog-eared edition of The Wind in the Willows. “I bought it on the day I first heard your daddy’s...
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Back to School

by Ruth, aka Momma Frizzle Our school year starts today. The alarm clock will wake my two middle schoolers in exactly one minute. The twins get to sleep a little longer.   By 7:30 a.m., we’ll be on our way to school, Lord-willing. This year, the big girls have group...
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Thesaurus Art

by Jo-Jo, aka Teen Chick It was raining AGAIN! For the third day in a row, it was pouring. Just pit-pat, drip-drop, all day long. I was feeling “artsy,” and since it was raining, I drew rain ā€“ with my own twist. Inside each raindrop I wrote words. Words to describe...
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Unaccompanied Minor

by Ruth, a.k.a. Momma Frizzle Jo-Jo (a.k.a. Teen Chick) takes her first solo airplane flight this morning. She’s flying by herself to Chicago to spend a week with my sister Deborah (a.k.a. Mother Goose) and her family.   While there, Jo-Jo will help out with her...
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Thoughts in a Vacuum

The kids’ toys are strewn throughout the house again. Meticulously set up and happily played with. Lego sets in the foyer. Train tracks in my bedroom. Got me thinking about this story from last summer. The kids have grown since then, but they still play very much the same...
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Don’t Climb that Tree

by Ruth, a.k.a. Momma Frizzle June 29, 2011 — At our favorite local park today, the 14-year-old son of my friend was told to stop climbing trees. The park ranger stood there at the bottom telling him to get out of the oak’s huge branches. Never mind that this...
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