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Martha Burk


Moms Get Political: An Interview With Momsrising Co-founder Joan Blades

Martha Burk | Posted July 10, 2012

As with every Mother's Day, millions of moms will get flowers and candy this Sunday, along with sticky pancakes or burnt toast lovingly prepared by husbands and kids turned cooks-for-a-day.

As individuals, we're pretty fond of our mothers. But as a nation we don't value motherhood all that much....

Jim Higley


Mom's Stopping by for Mother's Day -- 37 Years After Her Death

Jim Higley | Posted July 10, 2012

My mom's joining us for a Mother's Day celebration. It's an unplanned thing. But, unplanned has become status quo for my mom in the 37 years since she died at an age when most moms are serving out a stint as room mother, cheering at school sporting events or sitting...

Claire Bidwell Smith


The First Year

Claire Bidwell Smith | Posted July 10, 2012

Greg and I got married on a hot July day on Cape Cod. Two months later, I walked into the bathroom of our Chicago apartment and took a pregnancy test.

You're not pregnant, Greg called through the door.

When I came out of the bathroom, I handed the test to...

Abi Cotler O'Roarty


This Mother's Day, Just Say NO

Abi Cotler O'Roarty | Posted July 10, 2012

Say you're a woman with both a child and a mother in your life, a MWM. Perhaps there's even a grandmother still in the picture. MWMWM. If so, is it gauche to ask whose day is Mother's Day, anyway?

As a woman with two young daughters of my own...

Emma Gray


Childfree: Daily Mail Blames Career Women For 'Enforced' Male Childlessness

Emma Gray | Posted July 10, 2012

The decision to have a child with a romantic partner isn't one most adults take lightly. There's usually quite a bit of discussion involved, and generally both parties have to be into the idea of procreating before they try to conceive together. However, a Daily Mail article published...

Denise Vivaldo


Missing My Mother

Denise Vivaldo | Posted July 10, 2012

It took years after my mother's death before I could dream about her. In my dreams now, she's in her 50s and still incredibly beautiful. We are usually laughing or shopping or cooking in her kitchen.

I'm not sure why it took my mother so long to come back...

Rosalyn Hoffman


President Obama's Mother's Day Present

Rosalyn Hoffman | Posted July 10, 2012

Bravo, Mr. President.

When I was little I remember going into stores with my mom. Wherever we went she had spirited conversations (always about food): discussing dim sum with the lady from China at the laundry, explaining how she made blintzes to the lady from Naples at the bakery....

E. Nina Rothe


Mom and the Movies: A Procrastinator's Guide to Mother's Day

E. Nina Rothe | Posted July 10, 2012

Even if I'm aware that Mother's Day is yet another attempt by greeting card companies to part me with my money, I can't refuse an opportunity to honor the woman who brought me into this world. But getting things done with plenty of time to spare just doesn't seem possible...

Bianca Bosker


Stop The Mom Myth: My Mother Isn't A Tech Nitwit (And Neither Is Yours)

Bianca Bosker | Posted July 10, 2012

When someone wants to describe how easy a new app is to use or observe that anyone with a shred of intellect could figure out the latest Facebook feature, here's the one word that gets trotted out most consistently: "mom."

I'm told at least weekly how an...

Kristen Houghton


The Title of Mom

Kristen Houghton | Posted July 10, 2012

Motherhood seems to have taken some bashes in the past few weeks, but the art of being a mother is very serious business. It isn't just a glorified word either; like the title of "Queen," it is a name you have for life. Remember the Queen Mum Elizabeth?...

Annie Spiegelman


This Mother's Day, Mother Earth Wants You

Annie Spiegelman | Posted July 10, 2012

Photo Credit: Big Stock Photo

How did a girl raised and hardened on the streets of New York City become a passionate environmentalist, geeky master gardener and full-fledged compost queen? I read Rachel Carson's bestseller, Silent Spring. Carson, a marine biologist, wrote about...

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin


Remembering and Honoring Our Mothers

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted July 10, 2012

My mother, Morenike Osotimehin, was a remarkable woman. A great entrepreneur, and an excellent wife to my father, who was a schoolteacher, she managed her own small business, sourcing fruits, and gave birth to eight children: four boys and four girls.

She was born in 1924, she was strong...

Julie Gerstenblatt


Down Under

Julie Gerstenblatt | Posted July 10, 2012

Last week, an Australian lingerie company emailed me to suggest that I use my platform as a blogger for the Huffington Post to promote their website. They offered to compensate me for subtly selling their products in my posts, and invited me to contact them for further information.

Bryce Longton


What Happens When You Don't Mail the Invites

Bryce Longton | Posted July 10, 2012

A wedding. The most expensive/joyous day of your life. You've already got, like, 200 people coming to this thing when your soon-to-be mother-in-law calls to add more second cousins to that mythical extra table in the back. You're up to your neck in cake, music, and photography and now it's...

Jodi R. R. Smith


May, the Month of Moms & Mentors

Jodi R. R. Smith | Posted July 10, 2012

May is upon us, and with Mother's Day quickly approaching, it is the perfect time to reflect on how our mothers -- and other mentoring figures -- have helped shape our lives. Oftentimes, mothers serve as our first true mentors. They teach us how to make our way in the...

Ethlie Ann Vare


Hollywood is Trying to Kill Me

Ethlie Ann Vare | Posted July 10, 2012

Alcoholism just isn't as funny as it used to be. Remember the 1981 version of Arthur, where Dudley Moore played a lovable carefree alcoholic whose drunken antics were amusing and whose obsessive quest for love was endearing? Update that to 2011, where Russell Brand's Arthur is an unhappy, self-destructive alcoholic...

Regina Weinreich


Hillary Clinton's Mother's Day Address at the New York Women's Foundation Breakfast

Regina Weinreich | Posted July 10, 2012

Introducing Hillary Clinton to 2,300 women -- and a sprinkling of men -- gathered in a ballroom at the Marriot Marquis for breakfast celebrating the New York Women's Foundation's 25th year this morning, Abigail Disney recounted where this filmmaker and activist was in her own life at each stage of...

Carol Hartsell


It's Not 'Childless', It's A 'Choice'

Carol Hartsell | Posted July 10, 2012

At the risk of seeming insensitive as we approach Mother's Day, I have a bone to pick with everyone out there who has chosen -- or tacitly accepted -- the role of motherhood. Could you please, for the love of God, stop referring to those of us who have chosen...

Lea Lane


My Sassoon Moment

Lea Lane | Posted July 10, 2012

Vidal Sassoon was perhaps the world's best-known hair stylist. He created an innovative geometric cut in the 1960s, favored by celebrities, and experimented in other sensual cuts and new products as he branched out from his base in England.

His recent death brings to mind the magical year I lived...

Jeanne Kelly


Are You an Expecting Mom? Here's a Gift You Can Give to Yourself

Jeanne Kelly | Posted May 10, 2012

If you're pregnant, you're about to enter the hectic, frustrating, and wonderful world of motherhood. There will be plenty of tears and joy and dirty laundry between now and when that little life becomes an adult and leaves your nest.

So, while moms are celebrating Mother's Day with cards and...

Stephanie Schriock


One Chance for a Democratic Woman Governor

Stephanie Schriock | Posted July 10, 2012

At the end of 2012 we could be faced with a nation that has zero Democratic women governors. Zero. For the first time in over 15 years. And that's not a step back that I am willing to take.

At EMILY's List, we work to elect Democratic...

Jan Angilella


Missing Mom, But Messages Stand After 16 Years

Jan Angilella | Posted July 10, 2012

Mother's Day falls on my birthday this year. My mom and I loved these double-celebration days. We treated ourselves to sparkling wine, a delicious Italian meal and cheesecake. This year, I'll observe both occasions without her.

My mom died last April and since then, I've been living in a new...

Deborah L. Tolman


SPARKing Change: Not Just One Girl At a Time

Deborah L. Tolman | Posted July 10, 2012

We hear all the time that we are in a post-feminist world. Where have all the feminists gone? Are they a dying breed? We have news for those either glad or worried about this post-feminism nonsense: the Internet has become ground zero for feminist activism. As co-founder with Lyn Mikel...

Carlos A. Ball


Why Men Can Be Mothers Too

Carlos A. Ball | Posted July 10, 2012

As we prepare to honor mothers on Sunday, we should keep in mind that the practice of mothering is not limited to women. There are many men in America today, married and single, gay and straight, who mother their children every day. I am one of them. My male partner...

Francine LeFrak


A Mother's Day Mission

Francine LeFrak | Posted July 10, 2012

Every Mother's Day I share dinner with my mother, who, at 92, continues to defy expectations. We take the day to celebrate the glass-ceilings that have been broken by women (especially since her generation) and the great benefits that mothers give to the world. But this Mother's Day, after attending...

Rebecca Gerendasy


A Mom Teaches Her Children the Importance of Food (VIDEO)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted July 10, 2012

With her husband overseas serving in the military, Sarah Gilbert strives to prepare home-cooked meals on a daily basis. "Being a mom is really connected to feeding your kids," says Gilbert, a stay-at-home working mother. As she learned from her mother growing up, Gilbert endeavors to educate and instill an...

Dara Pettinelli


Mothers and Daughters: I'm 31 and Single -- Thanks, Mom!

Dara Pettinelli | Posted July 10, 2012

The heroines of my youth went by the names of Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. As a child, I saw these characters as beautiful women -- delicate and kind, polite and nurturing, positive and trusting -- who survived some hardships to eventually live happily ever after. One day I...

Jesse Seaver


A Nepali Mother's Day Made Better: The Nepal Youth Foundation Celebrates Its 22nd Year

Jesse Seaver | Posted July 10, 2012

When Olga Murray went to Nepal in 1984 she met the children who inspired the founding of her organization, The Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF). As she camped atop a mountain, watching a group of local children struggling to study by lantern on a crude plank table, she realized...

Heidi Brod


Exercise Your Love 'Mussel', Part 10, Have You Ever Dreamed of Going To Culinary School?

Heidi Brod | Posted July 10, 2012

Lobsters. The last day in class is going to be a seafood extravaganza. On today's menu: mussels in white wine and cream sauce, lobster with sauce américaine, seared scallops with parsley coulis and a bevy of clams and oysters we would shuck with our own bare hands. I look longingly...

Leah Odze Epstein


Are The Pleasures of Drinking All In Your Head?

Leah Odze Epstein | Posted July 10, 2012

In my universe, Thursday night is date night, which usually means having a glass of wine or two with my husband at a restaurant or bar. Often, the mere anticipation of the buzz has me sighing with pleasure throughout the day. So is it the wine that's making me feel...

Pat Mitchell


Among Media Trailblazers

Pat Mitchell | Posted July 10, 2012

Last week I had the honor of sharing the stage, so to speak, with a group of incredible women -- all of whom were recipients of Women's eNews' 21 Leaders for the 21st Century awards, many of whom...

Ken Solin


Love Over 50: 20 Traits Boomer Men Want In Their Next Lover

Ken Solin | Posted July 10, 2012

Ann Brenoff's recent article, Love Over 50: 20 Traits Boomer Women Want in Their Next Lover, made me think about my own search. Here's my top 20 wish list for my next Boomer lover:

A lifetime promise I'll never be asked to go to the mall. I'd prefer...

Suzanne Braun Levine


A Day To Say Goodbye To Old Grudges: Untangling Mother-Daughter Ties

Suzanne Braun Levine | Posted July 10, 2012

Like many women in midlife, I find Mother's Day as much a reminder of a fraught relationship as a celebration of motherhood.

Even if we are not caring for our mothers, and even if we rarely spend time with them -- even, as in my case, they are no longer...

Jesse Garza


It Takes A Village!

Jesse Garza | Posted July 10, 2012

Post 50 is a great time to focus your energy on wellness and keeping your look fresh. Recently, a client handed me a magazine with Michelle Pfeiffer, 54, on the cover and asked me, "How does she do it!" My first thought was, "It must take a village!"


Heather Choate Davis


In Praise of Old Women With Cellulite

Heather Choate Davis | Posted July 10, 2012

I hear them before I see them, their voices rising up in sing-song and echoing off the greenhouse dome that covers the pool at our local YMCA. I can't tell what they're singing, only that they sound happy and spry -- more like a schoolgirl choir than a pool full...

Marie Wilson


The Best Mother's Day Present of All: Technology

Marie Wilson | Posted July 10, 2012

Ad inserts for Mother's Day gifts tumbled out of the New York Times last Sunday featuring the headline: "Latest Technology for Mom" -- iPads, cameras and computers. Not surprising, right? Women, after all, are a major market for this equipment.

An article by Laura Donovan in The Jane Dough,

Corbyn Hightower


The President Recognizes My Family

Corbyn Hightower | Posted July 10, 2012

My oldest child is the product of a gay relationship. Yesterday, with one simple sentence, the President of the United States and the most influential leader in the world uttered the words that legitimized the family of my firstborn.

I believe without a doubt that this movement -- the movement...

Matthew David Hopkins


5 Tips for a Mother's Day Breakfast She'll Remember Forever

Matthew David Hopkins | Posted July 10, 2012

What's the first idea that pops into your head when you think of Mother's Day? If you said breakfast in bed, you're not alone. Though the concept behind it is great (let Mom be waited on for once), the execution can often be iffy. Sure, letting the kids "make" her...

Crystal Bell


'Revenge' Recap: Party Like It's 2002

Crystal Bell | Posted July 9, 2012

Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 1, Episode 20 of ABC's "Revenge," entitled "Legacy."

Aside from Victoria's cluelessness, Nolan's awkward flirting and Jack's hilariously bad hair, this week's episode of "Revenge" didn't offer anything new. It was all fluff and filler.