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beverley-bie-brahic's picture
Jul.06.2011
Last week I was in Qualicum on Vancouver Island.  My mother (was) moved to a Senior "Facility" there at Christmas, a sort of cruise ship with deep upholstery, hairdresser-in-residence and daily calendar of events.  Drinks and dancing at the bar on Saturday night.  Singalongs after lunch...
beverley-bie-brahic's picture
Jun.21.2011
The mother an old theme in art, one of the oldest.  But stereotypical?  Except for Medea?  The daughter as protagonist practically absent from the canon?  Except in the writing of women--Austen, Colette (who made myth of her mother, but was herself, apparently, a poor mother), Woolf, Plath, Cixous...
jacqueline-winspear's picture
Jun.10.2011
The whirring sound in the distance was coming closer, so I clamped my hands over my ears and retreated under the covers, where the only sound echoing in my ears was the swish-swoosh of blood being pumped around my body.  I remained still for a moment or two, then, gasping for air, I pushed back the...
paul-hertneky's picture
Jun.03.2011
Emmaus -- Emmanuel Garibay “You would talk to Jesus Christ on the cross,” Mimi Lacarno said to me as we walked away from a beach full of strangers. She hadn’t meant it as praise, but as a gentle accusation. I laughed and wrapped my free arm around her. “You, on the other hand, wouldn’t say a...
lucinda-b-watson's picture
May.09.2011
Happy Mother’s Day, Olive   Olive C. Watson was born in Montclair, New Jersey, to a family with not many resources.  It was clear from an early age to Olive that all she had to parlay herself into a better life were her looks and her mother reminded her of this on a daily basis. She attended the...
marta-moran-bishop's picture
May.08.2011
You could have rivaled Betty Grable With the beauty of your legs, Elizabeth Taylor with your eyes And still come out the winner. I knew a beautiful lady,  You gave birth to and raised nine children, Worked three jobs, struggled and scrapped Then you would dance till dawn, laugh and sing, And home...
clinton-fein's picture
May.06.2011
Since the age of three, I’ve had two mothers. I’ve also had two fathers, but this isn’t really about them. While divorce in my family isn’t uncommon – my mom’s parents did it, my dad’s parents did it – there was still somewhat of a stigma growing up and a certain embarrassment I carried that mine...
joan-hanna's picture
May.06.2011
I know I can't be the only woman out there that dreads all the gushing and foaming of Mother's day ads and commercials. These ads always make me feel as though I was in the incorrect line when mother/daughter relationships were given out.  I feel like I got the Charlie Brown rock relationship...
gayle-hedrington's picture
May.04.2011
Thoughts on Mother's DayMy mom died years ago so Mother's Day is  bitter sweet for me.  Although I make every effort to get along with my mother in law, our relationship is much like a slow waiter and a poor tipper.  I often feel like an orphan on Mother's Day.  Being a mom myself, I feel the...
bernadette-jansen-op-de-haar's picture
Apr.27.2011
This week Arnold Jansen op de Haar writes: It is not always such a bad idea to hide in a kitchen cupboard, especially not when a doctor has just told your mother the results of an important medical test. The first indications at the hospital were not good... For the first time in my life I attended...