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Lesson from my Mom: Community Responsibility

May 10, 2014
Of the many lessons my mom taught me, the most lasting is this: because we had good health, food to eat, and a roof over our heads, we had a responsibility to be thankful and to give back to our community, especially the poor, disabled and elderly. I don't remember her saying "to whom much is given, much is expected," but that was the message. She had drawn that lesson from her Catholic faith and the tight-knit Irish immigrant community she grew up in. She practiced it by serving as a Cub Scout Den Mother and volunteering with our church and school. And while I didn't realize it twenty years...
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An act of love

May 10, 2014
What my mother did that day was the toughest act of her life--and it was an act of love.
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Empathy is everything: A lesson from my mother, the doctor

May 10, 2014
My mother, Dr. Vera Delaney, is a kidney doctor, or nephrologist; she inhabits a very different world than that of diplomats.
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My Mother is my Derivation and Place

May 10, 2014
“El dia que naciste mi niña linda, nacieron todas las flores” are the first words my mom said to me this morning. It’s moments like these, in my mother’s infinite love and unconditional affection, that I remember why I’m activist. As we approach Mother’s Day, I’ve been thinking about Paula Gunn Allen’s article “Who is Your Mother? Red Roots of White Feminism“ that I read many years ago college. She addresses, among other things, the importance of tracing our own history through our mothers and their work—“your mother’s identity is the key to your own identity.” Her article resonated with me...
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Caught on Video: Undeniable proof that moms have super powers!

May 10, 2014
Caught on Video: Undeniable proof that moms have super powers! Watch for the cute kids, stay for the laughs, share for Mother's Day! (The baby at :32 is now contacting an agent for voice over work, LOL.) Love this video as much as we do!? Share the laughs & celebrate moms by forwarding this email to friends and family--and by posting this video link on Facebook & Twitter. Here's to building a powerful movement of moms that can overcome gridlock in Washington, D.C! Moms Rock! Speaking of overcoming gridlock and bringing people together across the political spectrum, also make sure to...
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Mi Mamá Siempre Puso a Sus Hijos Primero

May 10, 2014
Mi mamá y yo no siempre hemos estado de acuerdo en muchas cosas. De hecho, cuando era más joven, nos peleábamos mucho. Ahora aprecio y agradezco todo lo que hizo por mí, porque me doy cuenta lo difícil que es ser madre. Mi mamá me enseñó que la parte más importante que voy a tener en mi vida es el de madre. Ella siempre ha puesto sus hijos primero y ese es el ejemplo que me ha dado.
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Mother's Day Milestone: Breastfeeding and Fibromas

May 9, 2014
This Mother’s Day marks a milestone for me and my baby—my first (and so far only) child just turned one year old, and I have continued exclusively breastfeeding him for one whole year, in spite of the two fibromas in my right breast.
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Lessons from my mom

May 9, 2014
Always make time to play with the kids. (Or grandkids.) When the family is gathered, my dad often complains that my mom is wasting time "piddling around with the kids" rather than doing something he wants her to do. She usually ignores him, because she figured out long ago that kids grow up way too fast. If they want you to get down on the floor and play Ninja Turtles or My Little Pony or Legos with them, you should do it—because next year, they'll have moved on to something new. You have to grab that moment before it's gone. The grumpy old man can get his own Mountain Dew, or whatever else...
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What I Learned from My Mom

May 9, 2014
When we had Thanksgiving at our house, my mom cooked every dish from scratch. She baked fresh bread, cooked five-course Chinese dinners, and made jam from blackberries that we picked -- and she worked part-time. Though I don't have the patience for the kitchen that she does (and I don't know how she found the time that I can't find!), because of her, I've baked cookies with my boys since they were toddlers; I do bake the occasional raisin bread: and I make the best spaghetti anyone has ever tasted (the go-to meal for the busy worrking mom.) Happy Mothers Day!
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"Just Like Your Mom." (Happy Mother's Day Mom!)

May 9, 2014
Being constantly compared to my mom annoyed me as a child. Now I think it is the highest compliment someone can give me. Happy Mother's Day Mom!
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