Merry Christmas from Mom & me

Merry Christmas from Pinkie Patti and I in frosty and frozen Canada to you, wherever in the world you are.

(It’s amazing what you can do when you try…)
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I See You and Me. And Love.

This is a second short video for the What I See project.

The first one, “What We See,” was made in collaboration with 21 friends from around the world.

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I see amazing women. What do YOU see?

Here’s a short (about three-minutes) video I put together for the What I See project with the help of (in order of appearance): Carolyn Theriault, Daniela Lambert, Georgia Lewis, Judith Carter, Jesta Phoenix, Judy Matte-Thompson, Maria K. Lawton, Kathleen Musso, Kim Noce, Laura Littlefield Bush, Mary Murphy, Sunny Jones, Kate Burke, Molly Bainbridge, Robin Adair, Sue Rosen, Padi Mayhew, May Tartoussy, Lynne Andersen, Noora Nasrallah, and my Mom Pinkie Patti.

I also submitted another which touches my heart in a special way. It’s of me and my Mom Pinkie Patti; it’s called “I See You and Me. And Love.” Continue reading

85 And Feistier Than Ever

AWR celebrate life“Pretty good for the old girl,” is Mom’s standard response to “How are you Patti?”

And yeah, she it pretty damn good for 85, which she turned today.

She’s an amazing woman who inspires me every day with her courage, determination, and ability to prevail.

(She also drives me crazy on occasion!)

Until recently, I wished she could see me more clearly. But I’ve come to terms with her incapacity to do so, and, as a result, discovered unconditional love. What a priceless gift.

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Men Speak a Language All Their Own

Twin Boys talkingThey say women and men speak different languages.

That may be true.

They say women talk more than men.

That’s definitely not.

Another thing for sure: men speak a language all their own. (Maybe women do too.)

The fact that male mumbo jumbo starts at a very, very early age is clearly demonstrated by this 86-million-views-so-far YouTube video of twin boys captured by their Mom having a conversation in the kitchen (enjoy LOL): Continue reading

Mothers, Daughters & Bad Hair Days

Silver me summer 2013

Silver me summer 2013

“Oh Punkie! “ (That’s my nickname.) “I’m so glad to see you! You look great! I love your hair,” Mom would say every time I came to see her.

Or at least that’s what I wished she would have said.

To be fair, I usually did get the “I’m so glad to see you part.” It was what invariably followed that cut like a knife.

“Your hair’s so short. What did you do to it? I like it so much better a bit longer.” Or: “Your hair’s so long… Don’t you think it’s time for a cut?” Or: “When did you start parting your hair on the left? I think it suits you better on the right, don’t you?” Or: “When did you start parting your hair on the right? It’s so cute when you do it on the left. Here let me show you…”

Yes, there has always been something wrong with my hair, it was too long, too short, too curly, too straight, too recently cut, not cut recently enough, better up, better down, and/or better the way it was last time, even though last time it had been so much better the time before that. Continue reading

15 Empowering Things to Tell Your Kids (and Yourself)

AWR say I love u a lotAbout a year ago, I was cracking up (not in a good way). I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. So I did both. Often. And intensely.

I had been caring for my then 83-year-old mother with insufficient support for about eight months, and I was about to lose the plot, cash in my chips, throw in the towel, give up the ghost.

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