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(M)Other Love

It’s been a while since I posted, due to general business and a trip abroad.  More posts to come, but here’s something for Mother’s Day…..

“Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not.”

-James Joyce

“A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.”  

-Victor Hugo

“My mother had a slender, small body, but a large heart – a heart so large that everybody’s joys found welcome in it, and hospitable accommodation.”

-Mark Twain

“Mother is a verb, not a noun.”


“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me.  They have clung to me all my life.”

-Abraham Lincoln

“Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.”

-William Makepeace Thackeray

“Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to ‘jump at de sun.’ We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.”
-Zora Neale Hurston

“One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters.

-George Herbert

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.  

-Honoré de Balzac

Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What’s that suppose to mean? In my heart it don’t mean a thing.

-Toni Morrison, Beloved, 1987

My mother’s love for me was so great I have worked hard to justify it.

– Marc Chagall

“[A] mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.”  

-Emily Dickinson

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.”

— Maya Angelou

“By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class.”

— Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“Giving kids clothes and food is one kind of thing, but it’s much more important to teach them that other people besides themselves are important and that the best thing they can do with their lives is to use them in the service of other people.”

— Dolores Huerta

“Mothers are all slightly insane.”

–J.D. Salinger

“My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.”
-Mark Twain

Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease.

-Lisa Alther

“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.”


Thou art thy mother’s glass, and she in thee

Calls back the lovely April of her prime.

~William Shakespeare

“Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.”

-Marion C. Garretty

One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder

where you are when you don’t come home at night.

– Margaret Mead

A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories. –

Honoré de Balzac

The strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.

– Barbara Kingsolver

The mother’s heart is the child’s school-room.

-Henry Ward Beecher



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¡Feliz Día de los Muertos!

“Una sociedad que niega la muerte, niega la vida.” – Octavio Paz

There’s been plenty written already about Dia de los Muertos, and I won’t be trying to add to any of that with this post.  We have been celebrating it for quite a few years now.  I learned about Day of the Dead as an adult.  For my children that’s been a different story, it’s a family tradition for us now. It’s a time to remember friends, family, and ancestors.

San Antonio de Padua Mission, 2007

At Los Golondrinas, Calle de Olvera, Los Angeles, 2007

‎”What is there to do when people die – people so dear and rare – but bring them back by remembering?” ~ May Sarton 

Nibsy helps with the ofrenda, 2007

Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.”  ~John Muir

Clara at la Plaza de Olvera, Los Angeles, 2010

“In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.”  ~Robert Ingersoll

Nuestra Calaverita at Will and Lisa's Dia de los Muertos party, 2010

He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Both girls helped me set up this year. Well one helped set up and the other one pinched things off the altar when we weren’t looking.  But we got it done.  We had no luck finding marigolds this year, but we did find the red rose we were looking for, thanks to my sister and her beautiful garden.

I found a source for my granny’s favorite hard candy, so we put some out for her.  Nibsy insisted that we put up a photo of Amy Winehouse, whose death really affected her.

¡Feliz Día de los Muertos!

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