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Does Anybody Really Know What Time it Is?

The band Chicago sang me this question over and over in the ’70s, and I don’t recall ever answering it, as I happily sang along. It could’ve been  because as I teenager, there was so much of it–  an endless supply of time, it seemed.  So I didn’t care.   But not now. No sir.  Now…

Decibels.

  Human ears are amazing when they’re working right.   When a person’s ears are in perfect working order, he or she can hear sounds ranging from zero to one hundred and forty decibels. As a point of reference, whispers are around twenty-five decibels and normal talking is about fifty-five.   When sounds reach ninety decibels,…

ME, MYSELF AND I. Staying Selfless in a “Selfie” World.

A few weeks ago I got off a plane and did the first thing most every woman does.  I headed to the bathroom.  As a rule, I never pass one up.   Of course there was a line because when isn’t there one.  That day all the gals in line wanted only one thing from…

THE BEST PARTS OF ME-Unhanding My Children. (Audio Blog)

Hello Friends!  Happy Mothering Day! No matter who you are or where you are on your life journey, motherhood has touched you.  You have mothered,  you have been mothered or maybe you are hoping to mother.  Maybe this year your oldest is about to be out the door and on her way.   Maybe your…

I’VE GONE TO SEE THE ROSES. (A story from The Mama Vault)

For thirty-four years, I’ve thought of motherhood as it applied to me.  I’ve chronicled the ebb and flow of it–written about the continuous fine tuning of my  heart regarding the holding on and letting go of  my own  children.   All the while in the background, there was a letting go running parallel and concurrent…

The Mama Vault – #10 KEEPING DECEMBER SOFT

    It is almost impossible not to get caught up in the frenzy of December.   When my children were small, I often bought Christmas presents on layaway.  It was the only way for a season.   I remember picking out an adorable Little Tike dollhouse for my daughter one year.  It was a…

The Mama Vault – #9 THE SIDE-B OF MOTHERING

I’m sitting at a table in an Airbnb in someone’s backyard in the middle of a hip little neighborhood in Austin.   Here’s what I’m thinking about.   Brevity.   Of the season of mothering when children lived under my roof.  It caught me by surprise every time another one left.   It was vapor.  …

The Mama Vault – #8 THE HARD-FRIED, HURRY UP MAMA BRAIN

Okay Young Mother.   You know what’s coming, don’t you?  Others may have the luxury of easing on down the road, but you have no choice but to hit this season of “busy” running.  Oh sure, you thought you were busy last month, but then November stepped into the picture with its stupid advertisements about…

The Mama Vault – #7 MISBEHAVING MAMAS

  Exactly what wouldn’t a mom do on behalf of her child?   Easy answer.   Nothing.   There is not a single, solitary thing we wouldn’t do to defend our babies.   Oh sure.  We mamas are mostly a fun-loving bunch.  We’re mostly happy to listen to reason when it comes to the subject…

The Mama Vault – #6 DIARY OF A HALLOWEEN HACK

  All of us go totally “bah humbug” over something.   Listen to me. One would be hard pressed to top my festivity for birthdays, July Fourth, Christmas and Thanksgiving—really most every single celebration I am one giant bundle of cheer and laughter and fun—but can we talk Halloween for half a second?   I’m…