mothers day

Haiku to Mom

Posted on 05/10/2013 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingFor Mother’s Day this year, haiku poetry seemed an appropriate medium to express feelings about our moms: short and sweet; direct, descriptive, creative; gets the point across without embellishment-kind of like our moms, right?!   Here is my haiku for Patricia, my Mom, who surprises and amazes and teaches me every day. Fragile and yet strong Her heart grows for her children Mom is love warrior  – @amygoyer I tweeted out my haiku and put out a call for haiku about mothers via my Twitter and …

Now Read This!: Maya & Lady & Maya

Posted on 05/9/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentMidrash, or the rabbinical interpretation of Old Testament writings, repeats certain phrases and scenes as a way to help the devout learn sacred texts. The technique may help explain why Maya Angelou seems to be repeating herself throughout her new memoir, Mom & Me & Mom. Before you unleash your outraged cries, I mean to say only that we’ve met these Moms before: One is Angelou’s fascinating and complicated mother, Vivian “Lady” Baxter, a figure well known to readers of her searing …

Call Your Mom! Wait, What Do You Mean You Already Did?

Posted on 05/9/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeWith Mother’s Day around the corner, let me add my praise for mothers. I applaud the efforts every mother makes to try to ensure their children live a well-balanced life. I also applaud aunts and grandmothers too, as more and more it takes a village to raise Millennials! Mother’s Day is a huge day for retailers who sell flowers and chocolates. In my own qualitative assessment, these sellers are in for another banner holiday. At a big warehouse store this …

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 …