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Turning Thirty, Forty, Fifty ...                    by Marcia W Tuttle


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Turning Thirty, Forty, Fifty…
A Journal

by Marcia W Tuttle   
Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 201
ISBN: 0-595-21626-9
Publication Date: Feb-2002

Journal entries and short stories recorded over twenty years reveal the poignant struggles and heartfelt triumphs and the joys of a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as she matures from young woman to mother, to teacher and grandmother

This journal, covering a twenty-year span, is filled with sporadic entries and short stories, and invites you into the Tuttle home. You meet the children as they are born; and know them as they mature, marry wonderful spouses and have children of their own. You will get an insight into a happy marriage and a large family's experiences filled with day-to-day joys and character builders. The storyteller, Marcia Tuttle, also shares her feelings on: Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Utah Olympics, attending college at 35 and teaching at 40, and stereotypical attitudes toward women, aging and weight problems, coping with depression, a cynical outlook, politics, and the sweetness of family life. Above all, Marcia Tuttle shares her belief that no matter how different you are from others, or even possibly, how alike, you can still co-exist within your culture and even triumph.

The author. Marcia Tuttle lives in Magna, Utah with her husband, Dan. They are latchkey parents grateful for frequent visits from their four children and spouses and ten grandchildren. Marcia teaches school and Dan is a governmental affairs director.

Extract from the entry for March 19, 2001:

Life just feels like one of those high-speed circles in a fun house.  You know, everyone takes off his or her shoes and climbs on, sitting as close together in the middle as possible.  The circle starts rotating slowly at first, and then the speed increases, and people start sliding off.  The people still in the middle try to hold on to the ones that are sliding off, but eventually they go, anyway. Isn’t that what life is like?  We start out in the middle in a safe, slow position, and then as life gets more valuable and fast-paced our loved ones grow up and move away, or die.  Pretty soon we lose our grip and we fall off…too.   (Do you think that maybe it’s March again?)  

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