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Mary Ellen Snodgrass

  • It would be easier to peel off a three-day-old Band-Aid from a hairy kneecap than to remove the patina of Baptist upbringing that coats my psyche.

    • Mary Ellen Snodgrass,
    • "Growing Up Baptist," in Ms. ()
  • Southerners have been known to stay over the Fourth and not get home before Thanksgiving. Some oldtimers take in overnight guests and keep them through three generations.

  • Bringing up teenagers is like sweeping back ocean waves with a frazzled broom — the inundation of outside influences never stops. Whatever the lure — cars, easy money, cigarettes, drugs, booze, sex, crime — much that glitters along the shore has a thousand times the appeal of a parent's lecture ...

    • Mary Ellen Snodgrass,
    • "Motherhood or Bust," in On the Issues ()
  • The sweet reward for preparation often does not come in the youthful twenties or staid thirties. It arrives — with accrued interest — in the mature years.

Mary Ellen Snodgrass, U.S. writer


Full name: Mary Ellen Robinson Snodgrass.