mothers day

My Mother: A gardening inspiration

Posted on 05/10/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeMy mother was the original master gardener. She may not have the formal certificate but she’s got street cred. Her vast garden fed a hungry family of eight year-round, and inspired a love of gardening in all six of her children. Oh, we whined when we were sent out to weed, a never-ending task, and bickered among ourselves about who was slacking. Weeding eventually gave way to picking the day’s bounty. There’s nothing like eating a carrot just pulled from …

My Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: Cheap,Yet Priceless

Posted on 04/30/2012 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsCall me “old fashioned,” or just “cheap.” But there’s definitely a wonderful connection between many old-school ways and frugality, even for those of us who didn’t learn that by living through the Great Depression. I was struck by that fact yet again when I saw a survey from PriceGrabber.com, a leading online shopping site, about people’s anticipated shopping plans for Mother’s Day. I guess the good news – in terms of people not going too far overboard on spending – …

My Mother, My Story

Posted on 05/12/2011 by | Before I Forget | Comments

Personal HealthTrish Vradenburg joins us today as a regular guest blogger on Alzheimer’s Disease. Trish is a playwright, author, television writer, and Alzheimer’s Disease advocate. She and her husband George founded UsAgainstAlzheimer’s with the goal of finding a cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s by the year 2020. She brings her legendary humor and wit to the devastating realities of Alzheimer’s, and will be posting on the AARP blog every other Thursday. My mother was larger than life.  She embraced life with …

The Takeaway: Weekend Edition

Posted on 05/7/2011 by | The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodayHappy Birthday, George! Dr. Ross is 50. Let the Church of Clooney say amen … More on his career. (Photo via Flickr user cszvtova.) ———– Freedom Riders Remember the Fight It was just five months after the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed racial segregation in restaurants and waiting rooms of terminals serving buses and trains that crossed state lines. On May 4, 1961, 13 young activists set out on a bus tour of the Deep South to dramatize the fact that …

10 Steps To Giving Your Mom The Best Mother’s Day Gift Of All

Posted on 05/7/2011 by | General News | Comments

VolunteeringIn honor of Mother’s Day we have a guest post from Jessica Kirkwood, Vice President, Interactive Strategy for Points of Light Instutute. Jessica is a good friend of AARP and can be found on Twitter at @heyjk. Mother’s Day is fast approaching and I find myself thinking about my role as a mother. Picking out a card for my own mother, now a mother myself, I have a deeper appreciation for the work of motherhood, the endless nose wiping, lunch packing, …