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Adventure and freedom from stereotypes (thank you mom!)

May 8, 2014
My mom is an adventurer. A passionate reader and investigator of life. A compassionate advocate for helping people. She taught me I didn't have to be a certain way just because I was female. That gave me the greatest freedom of all-- to be myself. Thanks, mom! Happy Mother's Day.
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How Does a Mother/Daughter Relationship Heal from Toxic Chemical Exposure?

May 9, 2014
Almost twenty five years ago, as a young woman at the beginning of my social change filmmaking career, I had an experience that pushed me to turn the camera on myself. In 1963, my mother was prescribed the drug diethylstilbestrol (DES), meant to prevent miscarriage and ensure a healthy baby. In 1990, at age twenty-five, I was diagnosed with DES-related cervical cancer. I went home to my parents in Merrick, Long Island to heal from a radical hysterectomy. It was there that I picked up my camera. In many ways, it was a relief and gift for me to be able to make our experience with DES into...
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For the Love of Mom

May 8, 2014
Most of what I know about love, self-respect, and kindness came from lessons taught by my mother. My mother taught me about the strength we gather from family, both the one we are born with and the one we create for ourselves. She taught me that at our lowest points, the hand of love will catch us when we feel like we are falling through space, pulled down by the gravity of despair.
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The Gift of Being a Mom

May 9, 2014
I’ve always known there was something special about my mom. Maybe it’s because of her infectiously positive outlook on life, or the way she gives of herself no matter how full her plate, or how her laughter comes from the inside in a way I’ve never seen before.
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My Mother

May 9, 2014
My mother has been my role model throughout my life. Strong, capable and compassionate, Nancy D’Alesandro was a woman of incredible energy and endless devotion to my brothers and me.
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A MomsRising Celebration of Mothers - First Lady Joins Actors, Authors, Artists, Journalists, Politicos, and Others to Share “Lessons from Mom” for Mother’s Day

May 9, 2014
This Mother’s Day, celebrities, politicians, and others including First Lady Michelle Obama, Arianna Huffington, Christy Turlington Burns, Mayim Bialik, Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, Leader Nancy Pelosi, Emily Saliers (of the Indigo Girls), CraigsList founder Craig Newmark and others are sharing the important lessons they learned from their mothers in the first-ever MomsRising Celebration of Mothers!
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Jumping In The Deep End

May 9, 2014
Jae, Meema, Love, Boid, Aunt Jae, Puzzle, Jane, Grandma Jae, and Mom. All of these names were used for one woman—a woman who loved to live life fully, to skinny dip in mountain lakes, to explore balsam wooded paths, vivid art, and ideas. Gauguin, Picasso, Cezanne, the free Smithsonian museums were regular stops as she brought art to life for my brother and I, her children, as part of our regular diet. Vibrant splashes of colors on museum walls are among the first I remember seeing. She also listened, really listened, to people. And she wasn’t afraid to be heard. An exuberant and joyful singer...
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What I Learned From My Mother: The Power to Change the World

May 8, 2014
My mother taught me to “reach for the stars.” My mother taught me to believe in myself and to believe deeply and passionately for all that I strive for. She told if I am true to myself, that I can accomplish anything. Today, I am a national spokesperson on climate change action and advocacy. I am successful at this because it is my passion. I am driven by my hope for and the fierce love that I have for my children. As a mother, I believe strongly that it is my "job" to help change the world and make it a safe, secure and sustainable one for my children. Because of my mother, I believe that “...
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My Mom never, ever gives up.

May 9, 2014
My Mom never, ever gives up. In her gentle and cheerful way, she never gives up. Mom is 92 years old, she's had health and other challenges galore, and she never gives up. She is grounded in her faith in God. That faith has empowered her to face one obstacle after another with patience and grace. Every day, in some new way, she teaches me the meaning of faith and perseverance. I might visit her in the hospital one day, in a rehabilitation center the next, back home the week after. Her magnificent smile never dims and the twinkle in her eye is always there. She constantly astonishes her...
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Connecting Kids To Coverage! A Blog Carnival On Continuing Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment

May 12, 2014
Having health coverage opens the door to better access to health care and also greater financial security for the family. Check out our blog carnival all about it!
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