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Unconditional love

“As a child,” David Brooks concludes in his new book, “each person’s emotional and spiritual foundation is formed by the unconditional love of a caring adult.” I hope you received that unconditional love from your mother. If you did, be grateful. If she is still alive, tell her thank you on Mother’s Day. Brooks’ new […]

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Many mothers

I had one mother, but I have many women who have “mothered” me—women who have nurtured me, supported me, helped me when I needed help. I am going to tell a few of them how much I appreciate them on this Mother’s Day. –Joy

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Welcoming babies in the Senate

The U.S. Senate voted unanimously to allow members to bring their newborns on the chamber floor. Some older male senators were reluctant at first because they feared their colleagues would breastfeed or change diapers in the Senate chamber, Ms. magazine reported in its summer 2018 issue. Because of this rule change, Senator Tammy Duckworth can […]

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Your children will be fine

Long ago, when my children were young, I read a reassuring article. Your children are going to be fine, the author stressed. However, she added, you will never be the same. And, I know for sure that my children have helped me become a better person. “It is not until you become a mother that […]

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Important work

If you are a mother, never forget that you have done—or you are doing—important work. “If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do well matters very much,” Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis once said.

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Tired, but happy

I have a new, improved plan for Mother’s Day! We had planned to visit our son Jay in Tulsa during Memorial Day weekend, but he’s going to be busy that weekend. He has become a serious swing dancer, and he will be attending a special swing dancing event. So, we’re going to Tulsa for Mother’s […]

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A deep sense of satisfaction

It’s sometime in the 1970s when Marilyn’s mother dies and Marilyn finds her mother’s Betty Crocker cookbook, “spine cracking and mended, twice with Scotch tape.” Marilyn, a character in the book Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, flips through the book, reading. “Always cookies in the cookie jar! Is there a happier symbol […]

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If men had babies

I found a card in an antique shop in Bellingham, Washington, and I couldn’t resist buying it for my friend Kathleen, who is supposed to have her second baby before the end of the month. The card shows a funky illustration of two men—one is sitting behind a desk and talking—and the other is wearing […]

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A smart cookie

“’I could’ve been somebody, you know?’ my mother says,” Sandra Cisneros writes about Esperanza’s mother in her book The House on Mango Street, the story of a young girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. The mother “has lived in this city her whole life. She can speak two languages. She can sing […]

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Read a long book

James Patterson, the author, is planning to publish books for people who don’t read. These new BookShots novels will be shorter, cheaper, more plot-driven and more widely available. My first reaction when I read about Patterson’s plans in the March 22, 2016, issue of The Dallas Morning News was to vow to find a very […]

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