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Every Day is Mother’s Day

Every day is Mother’s Day! With a full heart, I remember my mother, Ruth, my grandmothers, Elizabeth and Sadie, my daughters, Tracey and Amanda, granddaughters, Alexandra, Whitney and Courtney, and great granddaughter, Grace Caroline! For love of them, and to celebrate every woman who mentors and mothers children, I share a few images I created.…

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Warm-Ups

My roommate Janice and I had her grandson, Jamie, over for the weekend.  Huge fun! I love 2-year-olds! It’s a lot of work for Janice, since she is the responsible adult. But for me, it’s a great romp.  At breakfast, I decided to teach Jamie how to do one of the weird warm-up choral exercises…

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Sunflower

Do toddlers experience grief and loss? On a daily basis! Who could doubt it who has seen a two-year-old in meltdown mode when separated from mommy, daddy, or a missing blankie for five minutes? They suffer because they’re so young. Lacking repeated, reassuring experience that parents usually return, and that blankies are found (under the…

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The Incredible Sinkable Raft.

At the foot of our garden in White Plains, New York in the 1950’s was a shallow stream that ran down to Saxon Woods Wild Park. The stream flowed down to a little falls, emptied into a larger stream, then wandered off and disappeared into the dark thickets of the Wild Park. Undeterred by the…

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Wheeling the Dog.

All good dogs come to an end. Mum’s beloved dog, Tippy, was no exception. A time came when Tippy’s back legs gave out, and she could no longer dash across the front porch to her favorite piddling place beneath our giant blue spruce. Mum was not a bit deterred by this evidence of decline in…

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Tubby Girl

I was pregnant when Joe and I married. Not many young couples could have been less prepared for parenthood than we! Dreams and plans flew out the window when we discovered that, not only were we in love, but that I was “expecting.” Passion had prevailed over prudence! What next? I waved goodbye to a…

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Big Brothers

It was 1936 in Miri, Sarawak, Borneo, and my mother was expecting her second child. My big brother, Bill, was a sturdy four-year-old who wanted a baby brother to play with. Imagine his disappointment when he learned that Mum had given birth, not to the expected playmate, but to a baby girl. YECCHHH! Mum loved…

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The Small Happiness

When my kids were little, we had a special dinner called “The Small Happiness.”  The children were encouraged to bring special friends. Mac and cheese or another kid-friendly meal was offered. We gathered round the kitchen table, and during the course of supper, each child was invited to share a Small Happiness that had happened…

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Up the Mango Tree

The studio is a sacred, dedicated space where an artist/writer works. Even if it’s only a space that she has cleared in her mind. It doesn’t have to be grand! My first studio was a ramshackle perch in a mango tree in Trinidad, during WW II. I was around five years old. My big brother…

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BEING TWO

Little Big Books

A top children’s editor at Simon & Schuster gave me a challenge. “I like your work, Anne,” she said. “But I need something else. Go home and write me some books for 2-year-olds. When you’ve finished, come back and see me. There’s a hole in that part of the market! WHAT? I left her office,…

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