Known as the “Guardian of Memories,” Jackie writes in memoir about the sweet nuances of life and her place in the world.Her website is www.jackiehaugh.com.
Author with her mother on her wedding day

As my mother told me the same story for the third time in two hours, I found myself sighing in frustration. What’s wrong with her? my forty-year-old mind hissed. It wasn’t like she had dementia. In fact, right up until her death, her brilliant mind was clear. …

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With my head deep into the garbage can at the local 76 gas station and my rear end poised high in the air, I let out a wail. “Crap! How could I be so stupid? I don’t have time for this!” …

As I walked by my bedroom, I noticed my mother doing something that made me stop and stare. With fingers strategically place on her forehead and cheeks, she tugged at the sagging skin as she examined her reflection in the mirror. In my sixteen-year-old mind, I thought, How strange. …

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Peering over the letter-sized piece of paper, my eldest, Michelle, fixated her stare on her waiting mother with lifted eyebrows. Taking her time to give her a review of my latest story, I sat nervously. The year was 2013, and in this case, no news wasn’t good news.

Then putting…

Jackie Madden Haugh

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