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For Years I Tried to Please My Mother-in-Law

How did such a judgemental woman raise such a great son?


My mother-in-law, Nancy, had a degree in home economics — she’d proudly tell you she earned straight As by running the sorority house the best and the cheapest. She was from an era when a married woman’s worth was measured in domestic skill.




“The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.” (Frank Lloyd Wright) Non-fiction pieces, personal essays and occasional poems that explore how we feel about how we age and offer tips for getting the most out of life.

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Cindy Shore Smith

Cindy Shore Smith

Teacher, reader, writer, hiker, wife and mom. Blog can be found at

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