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...

March 16, 2017

All the way up to the launch of my debut novel Mothers and Other Strangers, we are discovering our mothers, and asking ourselves who they were, before they were ours. Sometimes the answer is complicated, as author and journalist Danielle Flood reveals in her terrific m...

March 14, 2017

Janice The Loving

Before she was my mother, Janice was a budding photographer who loved to travel, go to concerts, and hang out at the beach.  She had so many talents and interests it was hard to choose one to focus on.  After she became my mom she turned parenting into...

March 8, 2017

Barbara the Beautiful

Before she was my mom Barbara could best be described as a lover of life. As a result she brought joy and love into every space she entered. As a young teen, she was homecoming queen and voted most popular. This wasn’t because she was cool, altho...

March 2, 2017

Before she was my mother, her pastime was escaping to quiet corners armed with books and girlhood dreams of happily ever after. After she was my mama, she realized that fairytales were only as real as the pages upon which they were written, but instead of growing bitte...

March 2, 2017

It's officially two months from my pub date and tomorrow I am kicking off the Discover Your Mother series!

I've asked writers, readers, sons and daughters, to send a photo of their Mother and tell us who she was before she was their Mom.

In my debut novel Mothers and Oth...

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