New post on Daughter on Duty.
“My mother’s mother was born 125 years ago this week in the hills of east Tennessee. It seems unlikely that her dirt poor illiterate parents, Shadrack and Harriet Robinson Jarnigan, would have any knowledge eight months later that a remote territory in the far northwest corner of the country had become the 42nd state in the Union. They surely would have been amazed the far away place would one day become their newborn daughter’s adopted home….” Read more
One of the world’s largest western red cedars, centuries old, split in half in a storm this month. I visited her on the Olympic Peninsula the last two summers, and many times in the past. An amazing gnarled crone, she stood 174 feet tall and measured 19.5 feet in diameter. She will become a mother log now, nourishing young trees and other plant life on the rainforest floor as she was once nourished by her ancestors.
New Daughter on Duty post:
“I didn’t know it would be so hard, taking Mama to the second memorial service of a dear friend in the past several weeks.
Jo, Mama tells Jo’s two daughters numerous times as they embrace her before and after the service, helped her so much after my father’s death. “She got me through that hard time” she tearily says. Jo’s own husband, my pediatrician, died much too early at 47 after just 16 years of marriage. They tell her she helped their mother, too….” read more