Category Archives: Mullings

Married for Life and All Eternity

One of the great joys of working on genealogy is finding a story.  I stumbled across one such joy while working on the Evans family tree.  The Evans family is the family that originally owned the clock that graces my … Continue reading

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Your Own Sunshine

The adage appears on the side of a Recycled Zip Pouches pouch: Some days you just have to create your own Sunshine.  I thought when I read it that the tough part is figuring out how to create sunshine, but … Continue reading

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Traditional Marriage and Traditional Divorce

Frequently, I hear it declared that adults should live a certain way that I cannot even define.  Many times those making the declaration think they can define it, but then when asked to do so, they hem and haw, fumble … Continue reading

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Finding God and Dodging Bullets in Maine

This post is also posted at abelhouse.church. Every time I take a road trip, I go with the desire to learn more about people, cultures, and history.  I do intend to rest, eat good food, and get away from it … Continue reading

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Of Southerners and Cemeteries

Near the hearts of most Southern towns lie old, public cemeteries nestled under great oak limbs that shelter the graves from the hot summer sun’s glare.  In them, uneven rows of old and new stones mark family plots, each family … Continue reading

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Choosing Change

This post was also posted on abelhouse.church. My fifth great-aunt Miriam Windham was born December 20, 1802, in South Carolina.  Being my “fifth great-aunt” means that she was the sister of my fourth great-grandfather John Windham and that she lived … Continue reading

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Mulling the Definition of “Marriage”

Thirty-five years ago, when I was teaching at Mississippi University for Women (and men, too) in Columbus, Mississippi, one of the ten papers students had to write in first-year composition was a definition paper.  The list of possible topics for … Continue reading

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I Love to Pay Taxes!

Growing up around the Jackson family table meant joining in on hours of discussions, debates, teaching, and learning.  Early on, I knew my parents’ stand on taxes, as well as hundreds of other topics ranging from how to behave appropriately … Continue reading

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Those Sickening Words Again . . . And More Weeping After 50 Years

  A version of this post was posted on the website abelhouse.church on Thursday, 18 June 2015. My heart is broken.  Nine people I love died last night.  They were my soul mates.  I weep for our faith’s loss, for … Continue reading

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Perfect Mother Strikes Again

When my sons were very small, they would occasionally find reasons not to like Mommy.  I still chuckle inside when I hear a little one say “Bad Mommy” or “I don’t like you” to a mother in public.  Such scenes, … Continue reading

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