Thank you to all Mothers

I miss thee, my Mother! Thy image is still
The deepest impressed on my heart.
~Eliza Cook

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. ~Rajneesh

I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. ~Abraham Lincoln

Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together. ~Pearl S. Buck

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

The formative period for building character for eternity is in the nursery. The mother is queen of that realm and sways a scepter more potent than that of kings or priests. ~Author Unknown

[A] mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled. ~Emily Dickinson

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. ~Washington Irving

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

The only mothers it is safe to forget on Mother’s Day are the good ones. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

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

With what price we pay for the glory of motherhood. ~Isadora Duncan

One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters. ~George Herbert

Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. ~Erich Fromm

Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
My mother.
~Ann Taylor

The precursor of the mirror is the mother’s face. ~D.W. Winnicott, Playing and Reality, 1971

Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children. ~William Makepeace Thackeray

The tie which links mother and child is of such pure and immaculate strength as to be never violated. ~Washington Irving

I cannot forget my mother. [S]he is my bridge. When I needed to get across, she steadied herself long enough for me to run across safely. ~Renita Weems

A little girl, asked where her home was, replied, “where mother is.” ~Keith L. Brooks

Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, comrades and friends – but only one mother in the whole world. ~Kate Douglas Wiggin

If I was damned of body and soul,
I know whose prayers would make me whole,
Mother o’ mine, O mother o’mine.
~Rudyard Kipling

Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not. ~James Joyce

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

Women know
The way to rear up children (to be just)
They know a simple, merry, tender knack
Of tying sashes, fitting baby shoes,
And stringing pretty words that make no sense,
And kissing full sense into empty words.
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The desolation and terror of, for the first time, realizing that the mother can lose you, or you her, and your own abysmal loneliness and helplessness without her. ~Francis Thompson

One lamp – thy mother’s love – amid the stars
Shall lift its pure flame changeless, and before
The throne of God, burn through eternity –
Holy – as it was lit and lent thee here.
~Nathaniel Parker Willis

Life is the fruit she longs to hand you,
Ripe on a plate.
And while you live,
Relentlessly she understands you.
~Phyllis McGinley

Because I feel that in the heavens above
The angels, whispering one to another,
Can find among their burning tears of love,
None so devotional as that of “Mother,”
Therefore, by that dear name I have long called you,
You who are more than mother unto me.
~Edgar Allan Poe

Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother. ~Oprah Winfrey

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Moving up the food chain: PFCs present in nursing mothers’ breast milk

Perfluorinated compounds, a suspected carcinogen, were found present in the breast milk of 45 nursing mothers in Massachusetts.

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One Laptop Per Child

Love this! I got sold on it while watching the segment on 60 Minutes. (Just bought one for me and one for a child I haven’t met.)

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Battle-scarred ‘sub’ in L.A. barrios speaks out

Hi, my name is Migdia Chinea and I’m a recovering LAUSD “substitute.”

Oh, I’m also UCLA-educated with honors, refined, empathetic, college-level Spanish fluent and a Googleable professional screenwriter.

To make ends meet during hard economic times, I became a “substitute teacher” for the Los Angeles Unified School District, or LAUSD – or to put it more kindly, a “guest teacher.” As a guest LAUSD teacher I thought I would be an asset, but the system has never appreciated nor taken advantage of my educational or professional hard-earned accomplishments.

There’s no teaching going on at LAUSD – only confinement of the sort one may find in a penal colony, complete with walkie-talkie-carrying wardens and bullhorns. And I have “confined” at many different schools within central Los Angeles in the last six months. Many students scream “suuuuuuuub” when they see someone like me – a “guest teacher” – in their classroom and trample anyone and/or anything as they push and shove their way inside.

Published in: on November 17, 2007 at 1:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Kids Aren’t Alright

But there may be no better illustration of the need, or hunger, for developmental help than the children who regularly try to climb the fence surrounding the Irma Hunter Wesley Fort Lauderdale Child Development Center. A one-story building on a run-down stretch of Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, the center has an unmistakably homey feel. There are several wooden rocking chairs in the nursery and, in the back, a sunny library filled with everything from pop-up to board books. Reading nooks are decorated with stuffed animals and posters. And there’s even a tiny couch, where a toddler might curl up to read. But the kids out front, some as young as 5, can’t afford to attend the center. And without a safe place to play, they scale the fence daily with the hope of riding on the playground’s toy cars and swings.

Published in: on October 30, 2007 at 11:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Kristol’s Dark Humor: Bush’s ‘Heartless Assault On Our Children’ Is ‘A Good Idea’

First of all, whenever I hear anything described as a heartless assault on our children, I tend to think it’s a good idea. I’m happy that the President’s willing to do something bad for the kids.

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“Every Child In America Should Have a Healthy Start…It’s Not Complicated”

Video: Senator Kennedy battles Republicans in the Senate in favor of health care for children. “What would the American people rather have? Coverage for their children or continued conflict in Iraq?”

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A Voice Raised in Chicago

By BOB HERBERTPublished: July 17, 2007

Senator Barack Obama took his presidential campaign to Chicago Sunday, where he addressed an agonizing issue that has been largely overlooked by the national media — the murder of dozens of the city’s public school students since last September.

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In Baghdad, even babies quickly learn to duck snipers

Nawal Na’eem Karim was surprised this week to hear her toddler tell her, “Talaq inana! Talaq inana!” — “Bullets here! Bullets here!” He was warning her to step cautiously past the windows. Their house is in a kill zone. At 18 months, her baby already had learned counterinsurgency survival. He still wears a diaper.

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Iraqi Youth Face Lasting Scars of War

Conflict’s Psychological Impact on Children Is Immense, Experts Say

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Study on I.Q. Prompts Debate on Family Dynamics

The new evidence that eldest children develop higher I.Q.’s than their siblings has intensified the debate over two of the most stubborn questions in social science: What are the family dynamics that enhance intelligence? And can they — and should they — be changed?

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Be Inspired

Watch and learn how to live.

Team Hoyt

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Iraqi Orphanage Nightmare

iraqiorphanboys.jpgU.S. and Iraqi troops discover and rescue orphan boys left starving and chained to beds.

They had a well-stocked pantry, the contents of which were likely being sold at local markets rather than fed to them.

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When Dollars Trump Compassion

June 19, 2007

You won’t see these stories on television, but Marian Wright Edelman and Dr. Irwin Redlener could talk to you all day and all night about children whose lives have been lost or ruined because they didn’t have health insurance.

The Divide in Caring for Our Kids

June 12, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist

A few weeks ago, Teri Hatcher, one of the stars of the television series “Desperate Housewives,” was on David Letterman’s show, talking very animatedly about a time when her daughter needed emergency dental care.

Where to get a dentist on a Saturday?

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Death by Veganism

May 21, 2007
Op-Ed Contributor

WHEN Crown Shakur died of starvation, he was 6 weeks old and weighed 3.5 pounds. His vegan parents, who fed him mainly soy milk and apple juice, were convicted in Atlanta recently of murder, involuntary manslaughter and cruelty. (more…)

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In Turnabout, Infant Deaths Climb in South

The ominous reversal has raised questions about the impact of cuts in welfare and Medicaid and of poor access to doctors.

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6-Year-Olds Under Arrest

April 9, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist

Avon Park, Fla.

When 6-year-old Desre’e Watson threw a tantrum in her kindergarten class a couple of weeks ago she could not have known that the full force of the law would be brought down on her and that she would be carted off by the police as a felon. (more…)

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Kids Imitate Saddam’s Televised Hanging Death

Three Children in Different Countries Commit Suicide After Viewing Saddam Hussein’s Execution

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Caution: Grown-Ups at Play

January 16, 2007
Guest Columnist

A generation ago, the adult world looked from the ground as it does to a Looney Tunes character: a flash of trouser cuff, a blur of hemline, the jingle of a highball glass and poof! — it was gone. In the age of professional parenting, it is something of a mystery that any of us survived, much less learned to add, dream or brush our teeth. (more…)

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Hug lands 4-year-old in suspension

La Vega ISD cites an ‘inappropriate’ embrace

I asked my friend for his thoughts on this and here was his reply:

The kid is f-ing FOUR!
He has no concept of sex, let alone, “sexual harassment” or “inappropriate touching”.

All this type of BS is a result of what I call “the power of the accusation”.

To be accused… is to be guilty. This has people going completely overboard in trying to cover their asses.

Completely innocent, yet completely f-ed.
Why? The power of the accusation.

The problem is not with the kid (obviously).
The problem is not with the parents.
The problem is not even really with the criminal justice system.
It’s with the teachers. The kid, with his hug, rang their Pavlov’s bell for ass-covering. They have been whipped into forgoing their own judgement and instantly pulling out the “what do I do now” playbook.


[Thanks Billy.
I agree. I think that the media play a role in this somewhere too.]

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Hug lands 4-year-old in suspension

La Vega ISD cites an ‘inappropriate’ embrace

[updated here]

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