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mothers and daughters

People have emailed me wanting to know more about my mother, Helen Katherine Finnie Ogle, who died last week after living with Alzheimer’s for eight years.  Here is a little about her childhood. In 1920, she was born in northwestern Iowa, the last of five siblings and the first to be born in a hospital.  […]

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Sometimes life becomes a little overwhelming and a break is needed.  I’ve been on one of these little time-outs for the past few weeks, but I’m feeling better and will be blogging original material very soon.  In the meantime, here is a post from 2010 — when I first began blogging — that I wrote […]

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As you read this post, I’m getting ready to drive to Minneapolis to pick up my darling daughter at the airport.  She just finished her freshman year in Boston and is headed back to Southern California for the summer.  However, she’s stopping in Minnesota to spend a week with me at Little House on the […]

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My Mom called me this morning.  However, this is what we refer to in the Midwest as a mixed blessing.  It was encouraging because Mummy has a very difficult time using the phone for outgoing calls and it often takes her several attempts to reach the person she wants to speak with.  On the other […]

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Since I’m making the long trip home again — this time by car — I thought it would be appropriate for me to share a post from a trip I made to visit my Mom last spring.  This was first published March 10, 2011. Think of me as I wind my way through Utah and […]

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She’s officially launched. The girl who writes, laughs, reads, feels deeply and longs for adventure. The girl who has never been away from home for more than three weeks, yet chose a large urban college far, far away from her suburban roots. The bright and talented girl who can drive me to distraction and then […]

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Looking back I remember days that seemed like they would never end.  Days with a cranky toddler who would not be mollified.  Days when the laundry, school forms, backpacks, lunches, overdue library books and dishes felt overwhelming.  And, even very dark days filled with loneliness when I would think: “Is it all worth it?” Today […]

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