Readers of my blog know that I place great value on relating family history to children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. On occasion, I have quoted from Bruce Feiler’s book, The Secrets of Happy Families, in which he advises us to tell our story:
The most important thing you can do may be the easiest of all. Tell your children the story of their family. Children who know more about their parents, grandparents, and other relatives – both their ups and their downs – have higher self-esteem and greater confidence to confront their own challenges. Researchers have found that knowing more about family history is the single biggest predictor of a child’s emotional well-being.
What is it that is deaf, dumb and blind and always tells the truth? *
Mother’s Day afternoon found us wandering in and out of the inviting shops that line the street in Lincoln Square, a vibrant Chicago neighborhood. I definitely planned to make a stop at Café Selmarie, a wonderful bakery/restaurant which provides charming outdoor seating in the summer and The Book Cellar, an excellent independent bookstore, where you can even indulge in a glass of wine while mulling over your selections. The rest, I was leaving to whim. Continue reading
My Mother ~ Ruth Michelson
Tomorrow is the day set aside to honor the mothers, grandmothers and perhaps even the great-grandmothers in our lives. Sometimes the circle widens to include aunts and other women who have played a meaningful role.
I hope that a book is among the presents you give or receive, whether it be a memoir, novel, volume of poetry, cookbook or blank journal ready to be filled with memories, observations and dreams. Continue reading