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Safe and Loved

May 8, 2014
Once upon a time in Seattle, a little girl went downtown with her mother and baby sister and had a grand adventure. They may have shopped at Frederick & Nelson’s. They could have sipped milkshakes in the Paul Bunyan Room. But the excitement meter started spinning like crazy when the car broke down. I was that little girl. What I remember is this: the pale green Pontiac thudded to a halt. Mom twisted the keys and the steering wheel. The car wheezed weakly—and then went silent. Mom sighed, got out, opened the back door, scooped up baby Lisa from her car bed and motioned for me to slide...
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Oh the Lessons You Can Learn from Recycled Art! (Thanks Mom.)

May 8, 2014
When I was in elementary school, my mom (an artist) and I (decidedly not an artist) entered a recycled art contest being held in a local park.
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I learned from my mom to never accept a lousy seat in a restaurant

May 9, 2014
My mother Kay Smith, who is now 92, taught me so much….I learned from my mom to never accept a lousy seat in a restaurant. Usually women are seated by the kitchen and I always speak up—and am moved. She taught me to immediately call or send a message when someone is in trouble or has lost a loved one and to go to every funeral or wedding or celebration that happens…no one will ever forget you spent the time and energy to make it happen in their lives. She taught me to be unafraid to speak up when I see a problem…and to be committed to making the change happen.
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My mother taught me to be frugal in all areas except

May 9, 2014
My mother taught me to be frugal in all areas except the following:
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My mom has taught me that in life you’ve always got to give of yourself first

May 9, 2014
My mom has taught me that in life you’ve always got to give of yourself first. She pushed through as a single mom to give me the best bilingual education there was. My mom always somehow managed to be there for us, even though she had to make it work. Once she remarried things were a bit different for all, but she kept finding ways to make us come first and live a sheltered and protected life because that’s what love meant to her. Mi mamá always taught me to be kind, compassionate of others, and that a good demeanor, a smile and good taste can open many doors.
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Protect and Nurture Our Human Capital

May 9, 2014
My mother taught me that looking after our financial capital is not enough. We need to do everything we can to protect and nurture our human capital.
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My mom is my best friend

May 9, 2014
My mom is my best friend. She gave me the confidence to believe I could do anything.
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My mom taught me these life lessons

May 9, 2014
My mom taught me these life lessons…
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My mom always loved and accepted me as I was

May 9, 2014
My mom always loved and accepted me as I was, and in doing so, she taught me to love and accept others as they are.
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My mom helped me understand that I should appreciate what I have, while I have it.

May 9, 2014
My mom helped me understand that I should appreciate what I have, while I have it. Some of that's really small stuff. My earliest memory is being washed in the kitchen sink, and then, my disappointment when we had to move that to the bath. Later, well, I loved having pajamas with the feet in them, and then, my disappointment when I was too big for them. (They're made in adult sizes now, but it's not the same.) Only recently have I realized how she struggled to raise two boys, living not far above the poverty line. We were never hungry, but I recall her scraping together a little money for...
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