mothers day

Now Read This! The Neverending Mother’s Day Story

Posted on 05/2/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentAs Mother’s Day approaches, I’ve been thinking about the most powerful gift my mother ever gave me: my love of reading. Not just any reading, mind you. When it became clear that 8-year-old finicky reader Bethanne Kelly was bored to death by age-appropriate bedtime tales, 35-year-old Julia Kelly quickly “thought outside the book”: She dug out her old college literature texts and started reading me the poetry, short stories and essays they contained. That sounds sweet, doesn’t it? Sure — until you hear some …

A Mother’s Love is Special, it’s Never too Late to Say Happy Mother’s Day

Posted on 05/16/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeUpon my weekly, actually sometimes daily, ritual of going to Walgreens and Target, which are both a block from my house, I couldn’t help but get caught up in all the Mother’s Day merchandise that was now on sale. Wow, so many things were not purchased for that special person who we all refer to as Mom. I immediately glanced over at all the greeting cards that had a big red sign over them that read  ”half-price”…hmmm…I wondered what did one card say that …

Generational Cycles of Sacrifice, Love and Reciprocity

Posted on 05/15/2012 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingShe was young, beautiful, capable and highly intelligent. A college degree and a couple years of teaching under her belt, she married her college-sweetheart, a WWII veteran working on his master’s degree. Within a few years my Mom had given birth to their first child while living in Germany, far from the comforts of home and family. She embraced the challenge then as she did in the future, giving birth to three more babies while my Dad earned his doctorate …

“I’m a Baby Boomer and a Mom, And We Invented Technology.”

Posted on 05/13/2012 by | Technology | Comments

TechnologyNot long ago I was at an app developer meetup, talking about baby boomers and what they want out of their gadgets and apps. “It’s important that we have easy to read fonts and 12 point type in apps,” I was explaining to a developer.  “The light fancy font young people use is very hard on our eyes.” No sooner had I finished my sentence when a young 20-something guy in scruffy jeans and t-shirt resembling the comic strip character …

Sorry Avengers, but Mom Is my Real Super Hero

Posted on 05/11/2012 by | Washington D.C. | Comments

Your LifeSpring 2012 started with a fever for big blockbuster movies full of superheroes saving the world from alien invaders. However, as fascinating these characters can be, the title ‘hero’ for me can only bring one person to mind: my mother. Sorry guys, but The Hulk, Iron Man, Capitan America and their gang have nothing on a woman who migrated from Cuba, learned English as her second language, was the first in our family to graduate from college and became an …

In One Word: Describe Your Mom

Posted on 05/11/2012 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Your LifeThe Challenge: Describe your mom in one word. The Result: A list of colorful (and some remorseful) adjectives that would even make the editors at Merriam-Webster proud. We asked, you responded via Facebook and Twitter. You sent us pictures and explained why your mom, madre, mama or BFF was/is ________. I’ve counted them all and here’s the Top 12: No. 12: Best Friend.  Many have such a close relationship with their moms that they consider them to be their best …