Blessings Near and Far: A Lesson in Honoring Elders

We arrived with jasmine garlands and two rosettes folded out of Thai baht. We slipped off our sandals and felt the cool, smooth tiles beneath us as we walked toward a woman sitting on her front porch. The woman was my friend Fon’s 90-year-old great grandmother, Chid. Fon had invited us – my friend Jess, my boyfriend Joe and me – to go to the beach, a few hours south of Bangkok. But first, she asked, could we stop to …

What’s Mom Worth? Between $62,985 and $118,905

It’s difficult to put a price tag on moms (or so we’d like to think). Nevertheless, as Mother’s Day approaches this Sunday, two websites calculated a mom’s worth based on her various jobs around the house. Think top chef, chief accountant, chauffeur and teacher. Using Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data that correlates with those jobs outside the home, Insure.com said moms are worth $62,985 in 2014. That’s higher than their value last year, which was $59,862. >> Sign up for …

5 Things on a Mother’s To-Do List for Mother’s Day

When the kids were growing up, Mother’s Day brought breakfast (crumbs) in bed, handmade gifts and special dinners. But with adult children, is the notion of “Queen for a Day” as outdated as the 1960s TV show? Over the years, our fantasy changes: At one time we wanted 10 minutes alone to take a shower. Now we want our adult children under the same roof at the same time. Stoked by the advertising hype, it’s easy to imagine a magical Mother’s …

12 Mother’s Day Scents for Deserving Divas

Coco Chanel once said, “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” I’m not sure I’d go that far, but it’s a great excuse to start spritzing: Every 50-plus woman I know has a to-do list at least a decade long. And with Mother’s Day fast approaching, now seems the perfect time to rejuvenate the senses of any marvelous moms in your life (including yourself!) with the gift of a new fragrance. Here are my picks of the best …

What Women of America Really Wanted for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is big business. Over $18 billion was spent in the U.S. in 2012 (an increase of 8% over 2011) on Mother’s Day celebrations including flowers, candy, meals, and other gifts. Based on industry forecasts, this year the total was probably higher. Every mother I know loves the special recognition, me included. I appreciate that my husband and daughters let me sleep in a little longer, bring coffee and newspapers to my bed when I finally decide to open …

For Mom, My Heroine, on Mother’s Day

My mother had a cleft palate.  It was fixed when she was three years-old, and you could never tell anything was wrong by looking at her, but it left her with two impediments: her speech and her mother. Because of my mom’s speech impediment, my grandmother told my mom she would probably never get married.  Really?  Is that the way you bolster your child’s self-confidence?  Maybe she thought she was protecting her daughter from the harsh realities of life.  To …