My mother born in the great depression and they lived on a paltry farm. If rocks had cash crops they would have been millionaires. She was the 5th child in a family of ten. My grandmother was often overwhelmed by that many children, and so much work she would leave fo...

April 27, 2017

      My mother, Dana Lynne Schahuber slinked into a Waffle House in Southern Missouri one March day, puffy-eyed and forlorn over a breakup with a guy named Tim. Comfort food, that’s what she needed. Clustered in the waiting area was the man who would become...

April 21, 2017

As a young woman my mother looked like Julia Roberts in a cowgirl costume, her smile as big as the Montana sky. She was born on a ranch in the Gallatin Gateway, about 50 miles from Yellowstone National Park, which wasn’t much more distant than a trip to the hardware st...

April 18, 2017

My mom, Virginia Kelley Bellemeur, grew up on a farm outside of Montpelier Vermont in the early 1920’s and 1930’s, during the Depression Era. There were 5 kids in the family and things were not easy; she and her sister would walk a long distance in to town to sell flow...

April 12, 2017

My mother, Ellie Purcell Dunn, grew up in the glamorous but pre-air-conditioning Palm Springs of the 1930s and 40s. She's in the foreground of this photo, part of a Life magazine shoot about the good life in Palm Springs. It's 1949, she's a freshman in high school, and...

April 5, 2017

Before she was my mother, my mother suffered terrible shyness. The runt of 8 kids, she was ignored by her family, made fun of by kids because her teeth were crooked, until she saved up enough of her own money to get braces on her teeth.  After she became my mom, she to...

March 31, 2017


​Patricia, a.k.a. "Mummy the Miraculous" 

Before she was my mother she was a concert pianist on the fast track to Juilliard. ​After she was my mother, I rarely heard her play anything, not even a simple scale. She worked second jobs just to keep food on the table...

March 29, 2017

Susan: Strong and Smiling

Before she was my mother, Susan had already survived death and divorce by the age of 21. She loved the ocean and spent her summers at the beach. After she became my mom, we would sit by the ocean and dream about the future.

The best piece of ad...

March 23, 2017

Alice The Spontaneous

Before she was my mother, Alice was a beautiful little girl with blonde hair.

She was a popular cheerleader at Thompson High in North Sydney, Cape Breton.

She was an Anglican Minister’s daughter, a big sister, a stylish trendsetter and a very loyal f...

March 21, 2017

Olina the Artist

       This is a photograph of a painting of six white houses on the coast near Cape Town. The date on the back of the photo is 1963 – my mother was nine years old when she painted it, and it won a national youth painting competition. I've always aspire...

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