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Month: August 2016

Motherhood, Aging, and the Loss of Youth

Motherhood, Aging, and the Loss of Youth

I look in the mirror and see the face of a forty year old woman where a 22 year old woman should be. Her hair is prematurely grey, she has lines and wrinkles from laughter and not laughter, and her skin shows plainly the passage of time. The corners of her mouth turn down, lines a little too prominent, eyes a little saggy, crows feet.  How did this happen, this aging? Where did she come from? Where did I go?…

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I Hate Summer. A Lot.

I Hate Summer. A Lot.

Summer blows. I don’t care what you say or what you have on your bucket list or what camps your kids are scheduled for. Summer blows.  End of story. Have you ever been to South Carolina? No? Ok, let me tell you about summer in the deep south.  Here’s what you do, turn on your furnace and go into your bathroom, close the door, turn on your shower full-blast at the highest heat possible. Getting steamy? Kinda hard to breathe?…

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The Best Laid Plans, or How Not to Homestead

The Best Laid Plans, or How Not to Homestead

My husband and I have, for many years now, taken a fancy to the idea of homesteading.  In our twenties, we romanticized about it a lot. We had this idea that we’d be self-sufficient, growing all our food, off grid, milking and gardening, churning and sewing, building and canning. I even planned to learn to darn socks.  We bought books and did research; we got some chickens and some goats; I made butter one time. We were living the dream….

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