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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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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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