Living Columns & Blogs

Living Columns & Blogs

Beating the heat in the old days

When it’s this oppressively hot, with stagnant air and humidity that stays put like a house guest that has long over stayed their welcome, I try to make myself feel better as I feel the first rivulets of sweat trickle down my back at 7am during barn chores, by being grateful I wasn’t alive during the days when southern women were obliged to wear the expected attire of the day which consisted of long skirts over swaying hoops, layers of heavy petticoats, and a suffocating corset that historians claim actually dislodged organs within womens' bodies.

Living Columns & Blogs

The final times with a loving Mother

Paul’s mother, Christine, left us on Thanksgiving Day but it is not the devastating, “this will ruin every Thanksgiving from now on,” grief one might suppose. She had been, quite literally, dying to go for the last couple of years. At 94, as her body began to betray her with its frailty, she declared to all and sundry that “this body isn’t mine and I don’t want it anymore.”

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