August · birthdays · mother

Happy Birthday Betty Belle

August is the birthday month for my two sisters and both my parents, so I’m going to write about each one on the day they entered this lifetime.   My mother would be 98 today if she hadn’t died 14 years ago. She is, this is my guess, glad she didn’t live any longer since… Continue reading Happy Birthday Betty Belle

memoir · memories · Memory · mother

The Power of No

Dropping out of college was not an option, until now. Gritting my teeth, I repeated my refusal like a mantra: “No Mother, I won’t quit school,” I declared in my most forceful 20-year-old voice. In five months, I would grab a sheet of parchment from the hand of an unknown man, and stride off the… Continue reading The Power of No

hair · hair do · humor · mother · Uncategorized

Long Term Plans?

I read a funny and painfully true post on The Shameful Sheep blog about the embarrassing things  mothers/parents do (   and I was reminded of my mother’s obsession about hair styles, among other things. As small children, the female head of the household didn’t pay much attention to what we looked like. She saw… Continue reading Long Term Plans?

Deep South · finishing school · girls school · humor · mother · southern girls school

A Year Below the Mason-Dixon Line

At the age of 17, I hadn’t learned the art of saying no to my mother. Nor did I have the courage needed to challenge her.  She was a force that didn’t tolerate resistance, especially if it was obvious you weren’t going to win. So, when she announced, quite suddenly, I was going to a… Continue reading A Year Below the Mason-Dixon Line

Conserve · Create · mother

Create or Conserve?

This is a post written by my sister, who hasn’t yet ventured into blogging. She is ‘spot on’ with her look at our Mother, who was complicated, driven, creative and most interesting. My sister is a gifted writer, and I’m encouraging her to join the world of bloggers and blogging. What do you think? My mother… Continue reading Create or Conserve?