Thursday, April 4, 2013

Time to retell the Equipment story again: EQUIPMENT: THE NEXT GENERATION BACK IN 1976, WOMEN’S FASHION WAS ON A ROLL, DRIVEN BY A FLOURISHING YET CAUTIOUS READY-TO-WEAR INDUSTRY. SMOCKS, BLOUSES AND TUNICS WERE ALL THE RAGE…A FLURRY OF SILHOUETTES THAT CHRISTIAN RESTOIN WOULD SET OUT TO REVOLUTIONIZE. POSSESSING A DISTINCT TASTE LEVEL AND DISCERNING EYE FOR STYLE, RESTOIN INTRODUCED MEN’S SHIRTS INTO WOMEN’S WARDROBES WITH THE LAUNCH OF HIS BRAND EQUIPMENT - TRANSFORMING A MEN’S CLASSIC INTO AN ITEM OF WOMEN’S CLOTHING WITH GLAM APPEAL. STRAIGHTFORWARD YET INNOVATIVE, EQUIPMENT, CHARACTERIZED BY ITS REFINED TAILORING AND TIMELESS APPEAL, QUICKLY BECAME A RECOGNIZED NAME AMONGST THE FASHION ELITE. DRAWING HIS INSPIRATION FROM AMERICAN FILMS OF THE 50S, FROM STARS SUCH AS KATHERINE HEPBURN AND LAUREN BACALL (WHO BECAME ONE OF HIS CLIENTS); THE MENSWEAR INSPIRED SHIRTS BECAME A WORLDWIDE SUCCESS. COMMITTED TO MAINTAINING THE QUALITY AND SIMPLICITY OF THE BRAND, RESTOIN CHOSE TO SPECIALIZE IN SHIRTS AND NOTHING BUT SHIRTS – LETTING THE PRODUCT SPEAK FOR ITSELF RATHER THAN LABORING UNDER DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR. BUT AFTER ENJOYING TWENTY YEARS OF THE BRANDS SUCCESS, RESTOIN MOVED ON, WISHING TO PURSUE ANOTHER PHASE OF HIS CAREER. IN SPRING 2010, SERGE AZRIA, A VISIONARY AND WELL KNOWN NAME IN THE INDUSTRY, WHO ALSO OWNS THE SUCCESSFUL FASHION LINES JOIE AND CURRENT/ELLIOTT, RE-LAUNCHED THE ILLUSTRIOUS BRAND AS CEO AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR. KNOWN FOR HIS CUNNING EYE AND DISTINCT KNOWLEDGE OF THE FASHION LANDSCAPE, AZRIA SAW A VOID IN THE CONTEMPORARY WOMEN’S MARKETPLACE FOR A LUXURY SHIRT BRAND THAT CATERED TO THE MODERN WOMAN. STAYING TRUE TO ITS HERITAGE, THE COLLECTION RECALLS THE CLASSIC, MINIMALISTIC UNDERTONES OF THE EQUIPMENT BRAND, FUSING UNPARALLELED FRENCH SOPHISTICATION WITH AN AIR OF EFFORTLESSLY CHIC STYLE. TIMELESS AND INNOVATIVE, THE COLLECTION FEATURES MODERN, ANDROGYNOUS SILHOUETTES, DISCREET SEXINESS, LUXE FABRICS, UNEXPECTED DETAILS AND FEMININE RIFFS ON MEN’S SHIRTING. THE RANGE OF PRINTS, FABRICS AND SILHOUETTES COMPLEMENT THE MANY FACETS OF THE EQUIPMENT WOMAN: SHE IS STRONG, CHIC, ELEGANT, ADVENTUROUS, SEXY AND ABOVE ALL, CLASSIC. UNDER SERGE AZRIA’S CREATIVE DIRECTION, EQUIPMENT HAS QUICKLY BECOME THE MUST HAVE ITEM AMONGST FASHIONS MOST NOTABLE TASTEMAKERS. WITH ENDLESS OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH, AZRIA IS SUCCESSFULLY BROADENING EQUIPMENT’S PRESENCE AND EXPERTISE BEYOND SILK SHIRTS WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF SPECIALTY ITEMS INCLUDING PAJAMA SETS, SHIRT DRESSES AND SILK TEE SHIRTS. FALL 2012 MARKED THE LAUNCH OF EQUIPMENT’S CASHMERE COLLECTION. A NATURAL PROGRESSION FOR THE BRAND, THE CASHMERE COLLECTION IS THE PERFECT COUNTERPART TO THE EQUIPMENT SHIRT, A TIMELESS CLASSIC AND WARDROBE STAPLE. ADDING TO HIS PORTFOLIO, AZRIA HAS INTRODUCED EQUIPMENT HOMME TO THE MEN’S MARKET FOR HOLIDAY 2012 WITH A NEW COLLECTION OF MEN’S CASHMERE. ADHERING TO THE BRANDS MINIMALIST APPROACH, THE KNITWEAR COLLECTION IS COMPRISED OF JUST THREE SILHOUETTES - A V-NECK, CARDIGAN AND CREW NECK. LOOKING AHEAD, SPRING 2013 WILL OFFER A COMPLETE COLLECTION OF SILK SHIRTS AND CASHMERE - CARVING A NICHE IN THE MEN’S MARKET. EQUIPMENT OPENED ITS FIRST FREE STANDING FLAGSHIP LOCATION IN NEW YORK’S SOHO NEIGHBORHOOD IN DECEMBER 2012, FOLLOWED BY A WEST COAST LOCATION IN LOS ANGELES’ WEST HOLLYWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD ON MELROSE PLACE. THE BOUTIQUES HOUSE ALL OF THE EQUIPMENT COLLECTIONS ALONG WITH LIMITED EDITION COLLABORATIONS. AS PART OF THIS RETAIL GROWTH, EQUIPMENT ALSO LAUNCHED AN E-COMMERCE WEBSITE IN FEBRUARY 2012. INSPIRED AND MANIFESTING A MODERN PERSPECTIVE, THE COLLECTION IS INFUSED WITH A FRESHNESS THAT PROPELS THE TRIED AND TRUE CLASSIC INTO THE FUTURE OF FASHION. THIS CONTEMPORARY APPROACH TAKEN ON THE SIGNATURE PIECES PAYS HOMAGE TO THE LEGACY OF THE BRAND WHILE MAINTAINING THE PERFECT BALANCE OF COOL, UNDERSTATED ELEGANCE. Love telling the story, but makes me sad that Laurie doesn't get mentioned in this article. As Director of Design, she's given hours upon hours of her life to make Equipment so successful. She has much to be proud of and I know she knows how proud I am of her! see a selection of her goodies here: Equipment

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Therapy Fluffy Pals

Hard to see Mer in this photo, but Destress Therapy Fluffy Day at UCSD during finals is one of her favorite visits!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

What a treasure of a book! Will Schalbe and his mother Mary Anne start their private book club, revisiting old friends and sharing new ones, during her two year journey suffering from pancreatic cancer. She would not have called it suffering as she was an extraordinary woman who accomplished extraordinary tasks and continued to bring joy to all she met during those two years. Many of the books highlighted were ones I had many, some are now or order at the library. I felt an immediate kinship when they both counted A Prayer for Owen Meany as one of both their favorites, as it is mine. Here's a powerful paragraph from the end of the book: "...Mom taught me not to look away from the worst but to believe that we can all do better. She never wavered in her conviction that books are the most powerful tool in the human arsenal, that reading all kinds of books, in whatever format you choose...is the grandest entertainment, and also is how you take part in the human conversation. Mom taught me that you can make a difference in the world and that books really do matter: they're how we know what we need to do in life, and how we tell others. Mom also showed me, over the course of two years and dozens of books and hundreds of hours in hospitals, that books can be how we get closer to each other, and stay close, even in the case of a mother and son who were very close to each other to begin with, and even after one of them has died."

Thursday, March 14, 2013

and here's our precious, Lucy Annabelle! Praise God!
Indy in his new home in New Caanan, CT Name change: Quinn!
How did it get to be March 14th??? Seems like last September was a lifetime ago. Minus one dog, plus one baby. Still blessed, a little wiser, a lot more prayerful.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Five months and 9 days later...where does one start to pick up the pieces. My life seems to change as quickly as technology these days. I was reminded this morning of one year ago,greeting old friends at Parents in Prayer, and introducing Lila and Larkin, transplanted grands! It was a happy morning, despite the fact that we left hurriedly when not sharing resulted in two screamers. Another happy morning today, introducing yet another change in my life, Indy, a pup in training for tenderlovingcanines. In between I've continued to celebrate my endless summer. April was filled with the joys of LindseyOstrom's National Letter Writing Month swap. I have an altered book filled with wonderful art and letters. Another highlight has been taking JoanneSharpe's Letter Love and Color Love classes. Then there's been many hours of grand time. How blessed we are that they're so close. We had fun showing Flat Fanny the wonders of Yosemite, on a trip to Diane and Neil's fabulous house on Pine Mountain Lake. I thank all of you who faithfully check in and perhaps I can get back to blogging. It was such a big think in my life for a while. I guess now I'm just too busy living it to write about it. Time will tell.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

what a fun day!




What a fabulous program at UCSD. During finals Andra Lew and her volunteers set up several stations for multiple dogs to offer their support to stressed students. America was at her best and, was especially happy that she could spend time with Caleb and Archie.
One girl sat with us for an hour, just loving on all three dogs, and said how much better she felt.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Altered Christmas Card book






This altered book, a gift from the Churchyards many years ago, now contains Christmas cards, more or less in chronological order, saved in a tattered box, as samples of the ones we've sent for the past 40+ years.
Picking just the right Christmas card was always a big deal to me. It had to be religious and have just the right sentiment.






This first one is signed as Ann Dietz

Then Ann and Rod

Sadly I can't get these in chronological order, but you get the idea.
All three kids, then back to The Deakers Family as some leave.


This was a no kids, puppy year.
bring on the grands.
These are two signed, Ann Rod and Katie

Now Laurie's joined the fun.


Friday, March 2, 2012

Joanne Sharpe





Even though I haven't come even close to watching all the videos in Joanne Sharpe's Letter Love class, the quality of the class compelled me to sign up for her next one.
alphabets

It's been a heady and hearty experience to see the creativity of fellow letter (and quote) lovers!
Joanne's made the class so easy, and so fun and there are three different groups, yahoo, facebook and flickr, to ogle over everyone's work and read their comments.

I can't say enough good things about Letter Love, For $35 we got 29 different videos, sheets of quotes, tips about the best use of products. It's the best art deal around! Not only that, it's available FOREVER!

Caution though, hard to hold on to your pocketbook when you see all the fun pens, paints, sprays everyone is using, BUT, everyone's great about sharing where to get the best deal.

joannesharpe

Friday, February 24, 2012

They're off!

Hearty thanks to all!
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hope monument



Congratulations to Marilyn Ambrose, Sandy Murphy and all those who worked so hard to have this beautiful monument grace the patio at St. James.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Special Love for Special People

It was on a CCI group that I first got the idea to knit scarves for Special Olympics.
The project began a few years ago, specialolympicscarves, and people have donated thousands of scarves to Special Olympics participants, their coaches and their families. I do love to knit and I love to teach knitting. Knowing how receptive the fabulous 5th and 6th grade teachers at St. James Academy are to outreach projects, I approached them with the idea of teaching their students to knit or crochet. They graciously provided me time to spend with their students and here are some finished products!
I owe a debt of gratitude to Samira Salameh, Hannah's grandmother, for giving of her time and talents to help teach the children. She and her sister and daughter-in-law also contributed scarves. Hannah actually taught her mom to knit!
Others, like Andi Medley and Rose Garner, contributed yarn and scarves.
Last of all, great friends stepped up with numerous scarves. Patty Fuqua, Chris Harrell, Pam Scott and Pattie Urie, bless you for your gorgeous creations.
Part of the fun was being able to design your own pattern and design they did.
The kids were great sports and fabulous about helping each other. I actually think some will continue to refine their skills in the future. Knitting has been a life saver to my mental state many times and my hope was to give that gift to students I love.
I'll pack all the scarves up after they're blessed at mass on Ash Wednesday. They'll be off to grace the shoulders of recipients in Louisiana.
Here is their motto: "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt"
Hear hear!



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Saturday, December 31, 2011

a word

so many of my friends, many of them artists, embrace a word for the year. that's never been something i could buy into. however i had a clear revelation at church tonight, celebrating the new year, the solemnity of mary.
it just popped right into my head:
POSITIVE

i want to think positive, speak positive, act positive



Monday, December 19, 2011

Moving on

Nov. 13th, Dec. 19th
lots of space between...
Those of you who know me know my life has taken yet another twist since retirement

Taking care of my precious grands has cut my blogging time to almost nil.

However, opening my Christmas cards tonight has compelled me to post this year in retrospect:

Three beloved friends have joined the heavenly angels - make that four
Beloved friends and relatives have joined their hands in marriage
Beloved dogs have crossed the rainbow bridge
Beloved babies have been born
Beloved children have moved closer to our heart and our house
Beloved children have had great successes
Beloved friends have spent time with us
One beloved spouse has recovered from back surgery

His goodness reigns supreme!



Tuesday, October 25, 2011

sweet peas with the sweet peas


i'm about as far from being a gardener as i am from the antarctic, but the one thing i can do is sweet peas! oh how i love my sweet peas.
last year i didn't get them planted till well into december, but this year, i've got great help!

our sweet pea seeds, saved from last year's crop, which initially came from Davi, so you know they're good



my talented helpers



our invited guests


lila giving hector a special send-off.
she's our naturalist!

GROW sweet peas, GROW!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

A powerful video

nearly 10 minutes long, but a very moving tribute.
End the R word!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Welcome Back


So glad for America and I to be back in Room 32, full of inspiring children and one very extraordinary teacher.
Goals galore. They made me want to set a few of my own.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

what a great 9/11 story!

Fellow Meetuppers,

I don't write to our whole community often, but this week is
special because it's the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and many
people don't know that Meetup is a 9/11 baby.

Let me tell you the Meetup story. I was living a couple miles
from the Twin Towers, and I was the kind of person who thought
local community doesn't matter much if we've got the internet
and tv. The only time I thought about my neighbors was when I
hoped they wouldn't bother me.

When the towers fell, I found myself talking to more neighbors
in the days after 9/11 than ever before. People said hello to
neighbors (next-door and across the city) who they'd normally
ignore. People were looking after each other, helping each
other, and meeting up with each other. You know, being
neighborly.

A lot of people were thinking that maybe 9/11 could bring
people together in a lasting way. So the idea for Meetup was
born: Could we use the internet to get off the internet -- and
grow local communities?

We didn't know if it would work. Most people thought it was a
crazy idea -- especially because terrorism is designed to make
people distrust one another.

A small team came together, and we launched Meetup 9 months
after 9/11.

Today, almost 10 years and 10 million Meetuppers later, it's
working. Every day, thousands of Meetups happen. Moms Meetups,
Small Business Meetups, Fitness Meetups... a wild variety of
100,000 Meetup Groups with not much in common -- except one
thing.

Every Meetup starts with people simply saying hello to
neighbors. And what often happens next is still amazing to me.
They grow businesses and bands together, they teach and
motivate each other, they babysit each other's kids and find
other ways to work together. They have fun and find solace
together. They make friends and form powerful community. It's
powerful stuff.

It's a wonderful revolution in local community, and it's thanks
to everyone who shows up.

Meetups aren't about 9/11, but they may not be happening if it
weren't for 9/11.

9/11 didn't make us too scared to go outside or talk to
strangers. 9/11 didn't rip us apart. No, we're building new
community together!!!!

The towers fell, but we rise up. And we're just getting started
with these Meetups.

Scott Heiferman (on behalf of 80 people at Meetup HQ)
Co-Founder & CEO, Meetup
New York City
September 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Yay! our first finished scarf!



This is our first finished scarf for our special olympics winter olympics participants.
special olympic scarves

Great job, Pat!!
Love the pattern!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Fundraising




It's been a while since I've done any active fundraising, but due to the persuasiveness of the dynamic Pat Lawson, I've pledged to raise $300 for CCI.
It's been 8 years since I joined the CCI family and having nothing but the highest regard for the work they do.
I've met some of the most awesome people and dogs during my 8 years of participation and own the most beloved of dogs, America.
So, while asking for money moves me way out of my comfort zone, that's exactly what I'm doing.
I have a donation page set up and any little bit you can give will help this organization.
Here's the link:
CCI Fundraiser


Just yesterday, during a visit to the VA with America, I encountered a vet in a wheelchair who said, "I hear there's an organization where you can get a service dog and not have to pay anything." I was proud to tell him, that's exactly right, NO COST for an AMAZING dog. I was able to share CCI information with him and tell him how blessed I am to be a tiny part.

I'm just starting with my blog which will go to facebook, but I hope you'll help me spread the word.

Friday, August 5, 2011

for bloggers

here's a link to a short video on how to change your font on your blog:
blogger fonts

i do love crazy fonts!

here's my favorite place for cool fonts:
fonts for peas

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Knight Knitters

I'm happy to announce the inaugural meeting of the Knight Knitters.
This began when I saw a notice about knitting scarves for Special Olympics kids participating in the Winter Olympics.

It began in 2009 when two gals put out a call for scarves. They ended up with 55,000 scarves.
That number has been far surpassed.

I thought it would be a great outreach project for two classes at St. James. With the go ahead from the teachers from the 5th and 6th grades I plan to teach the kids to knit and contribute.
I began with a small group today. The girls were patient and conscientious and 6 have a good start. It helped that 1 was already a pro and two others had some familiarity with knitting.
I can't wait to get the boys involved.
Here are some pictures from our effort and I hope to add more soon.











I'd like to thank the girls for their enthusiasm and the moms for their support.
I'm extending an invitation to any of you reading this to knit or crochet your contribution.
Email me with questions: adeakers2002@yahoo.com


Monday, June 13, 2011

Deacon Peter Hodsdon's Pentecost sermon

Deacon Peter has hit the nail on the head once again!
His description of the Holy Spirit working in our lives puts into eloquent words what I've always felt.

Today, Pentecost Sunday, is a day that we are invited to look very carefully at the third person of the Holy Trinity, the Spirit. All three readings mention the Holy Spirit specifically, but if I were to ask each of you to define the Holy Spirit, I’ll bet I get a whole multitude of answers. We all have a sense of God the Father, mostly personified in our culture by Michelangelo’s image of a large, floating, white-bearded guy in the sky, reaching out with His creative touch. God the Father seems a bit distant, maybe a bit fearsome for many of us. The second person, Jesus the Christ, is much more accessible, and clearly the focus of most of our prayer lives and meditations, particularly the Liturgy we call the Mass. Since Jesus is human as much as he is God, we feel a strong connection, an expectation that he understands us intrinsically, and through that connection we are made holy. All good stuff. But what about the Holy Spirit?
The image of the Holy Spirit that we typically see in art is what? Yes, a dove. Why? Because the bible specifically tells us that the Spirit descended upon Jesus during his baptism “in the form of a dove”. Today’s first reading is quite different in tone, equating the Spirit’s arrival as a strong, driving wind that somehow morphs into tongues of fire resting on all of those present. Earlier in John, Chapter 14, Jesus talks about the Holy Spirit as the Advocate, perhaps better translated as a defense lawyer. But somehow, praying to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Attorney doesn’t quite cut it! So how do we relate to this third person of the Trinity?
We are told by theologians that the Holy Spirit exists through the relationship of God the Father and God the Son. The mutual indwelling in perfect love between Father and Son is so intensely powerful that a third person “proceeds” from this relationship, co-eternal, co-equal, and consubstantial. The Holy Spirit is the action of God the Father and God the Son, an incredible energy produced that affects the entire universe. Think of the scientific principle that drives the most important star in the sky for us, the sun. The fusion of hydrogen atoms ignites a blaze of fire that warms our planet 93 million miles away. Can you see how that analogy, although not ideal, gives you a sense of the Spirit?
So let’s go a bit further with this idea. The Spirit proceeds from the relationship between the Father and the Son, so that invites us to probably the best definition of the Holy Spirit that I can muster. The Holy Spirit, by nature of that amazing love connection, comes to us as the God of awareness. You see, the Spirit connects the dots, the Spirit produces the “aha” moments in our lives, the Spirit blows where it wills and surprises us. The Spirit makes us aware that God is all around us, that God loves us immensely, and that God wants to work through us. Let me give you an example or two.
After the wild fires scorched East County in 2005, my wife and I took a trip to Julian one Sunday afternoon. We have every CD David Haas has ever produced, and we were playing his music in our car, with the music on shuffle – just playing songs randomly. We hadn’t seen too much damage to the forest up to a point, when suddenly, we rounded a bend in the road and there spread out before us was a moonscape of destruction. Burnt trees, blackened earth, charred houses. We pulled off the road and just looked at the scene in shock, tears springing to our eyes. At that moment, David Haas began to sing, “Come Lord Jesus, send us your Spirit, renew the face of the earth!” We both laughed
out loud, and knew God was here, amidst this disaster, and He was going to make it right. That was the Holy Spirit doing his thing.
When I write a homily, I invite the Holy Spirit to guide my words. One time, about 3 years ago, I wrote a homily about my younger brother, who died of cancer amidst a struggle with drug addiction. His journey was a journey of redemptive suffering, and I shared that story with some concern, because it was an emotionally wrenching story for me. After one of the Masses, a woman came up to me with tears pouring down her face, and I thought, oh no, what is this? I’ve clearly upset her. But her story astounded me. Her own brother, at that very moment in time, was living the exact same journey as mine did. My story gave her hope, gave her a path to walk, and we met twice more over the next few months, praying and talking about how to work with her lost sheep brother. It became a healing event. What did I learn? The Holy Spirit will use us in very direct, very specific ways, usually without our own knowledge. The Spirit of connections, working through His people, takes our meager gifts, offered in His name, and glorifies them.
Maybe one of the reasons why it is so hard to get our heads around the Holy Spirit is that God doesn’t want us to! If we think we have God the Spirit defined, we immediately limit the Spirit, putting the Spirit in a little box on the shelf, rarely to be opened. The reality is that each of us comes to an understanding of the Spirit by how the Spirit manifests itself in us. St. Paul tells us that there are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit, given to us for some benefit. In other words, your gifts, whatever they are, if offered to God, will be used by the Spirit to affect the world in some way, sometimes astonishing, but more often quiet and profound. The Spirit connects the dots, bringing awareness to someone who needs a question answered, who needs a smile today, who needs to be reminded that God loves, and loves, and loves, and especially, loves you!
And when we allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, to use our gifts in ways pleasing to God, the Spirit will leave a gift behind. Just as a torrent of water moving across the land leaves a channel carved in the earth, so will the Spirit leave a channel in our heart and mind, a channel lined with joy. That’s how you can tell that your gifts are being used by the Spirit – if you feel joyful in the doing so. Healing, preaching, teaching, singing, smiling, building, comforting, holding, giving – if it gives you joy, you’re on the right track. The Holy Spirit is connecting people, smoothing over the chaos, yes, renewing the face of the earth. The Spirit can’t be held back, any more than you can dictate where a dove must fly, or where the wind must blow, or whether a person with inoperable cancer can be cured.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created, and you shall renew the face of the earth.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

A beautiful children's book



Tells the story of Harvey, a mime, who teaches the very spoiled Princess Mindy the value of imagination!
This is the quote at the end, "Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions." Dalai Lama
And couldn't we all benefit from that lesson?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Special Olympics scarf project



I just ordered yarn to start a scarf.
I think this is the coolest project and I hope some of my friends will join me!
If you think you can't knit I can prove you wrong.
You know I love to teach knitting and even have a few success stories!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Bless all you mothers



Here are some quotes I gathered to get you thinking about what being a mother means.
I've started with Erma, my mother idol, but there are several good ones that follow.

"When God Created Mothers"

When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of "overtime" when the angel appeared and said. "You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."

And God said, "Have you read the specs on this order?" She has to be completely washable, but not plastic. Have 180 moveable parts...all replaceable. Run on black coffee and leftovers. Have a lap that disappears when she stands up. A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair. And six pairs of hands."

The angel shook her head slowly and said. "Six pairs of hands.... no way."

It's not the hands that are causing me problems," God remarked, "it's the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have."

That's on the standard model?" asked the angel. God nodded.

One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, 'What are you kids doing in there?' when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn't but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say. 'I understand and I love you' without so much as uttering a word."

God," said the angel touching his sleeve gently, "Get some rest tomorrow...."

I can't," said God, "I'm so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick...can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger...and can get a nine year old to stand under a shower."

The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. "It's too soft," she sighed.

But tough!" said God excitedly. "You can imagine what this mother can do or endure."

Can it think?"

Not only can it think, but it can reason and compromise," said the Creator.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek.

There's a leak," she pronounced. "I told You that You were trying to put too much into this model."

It's not a leak," said the Lord, "It's a tear."

What's it for?"

It's for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride."

You are a genius, " said the angel.

Somberly, God said, "I didn't put it there."
— Erma Bombeck (When God Created Mothers)

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. ~Tenneva Jordan___

A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after. ~Peter De Vries___
The phrase "working mother" is redundant. ~Jane Sellman___


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

If you have a mom, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been. ~Robert Brault

Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly. ~Ambrose Bierce

An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy. ~Spanish Proverb

She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn't take them along. ~Margaret Culkin Banning

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. ~Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty

If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands? ~Milton Berle

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

Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease. ~Lisa Alther
Now, as always, the most automated appliance in a household is the mother. ~Beverly Jones

A mom forgives us all our faults, not to mention one or two we don't even have. ~Robert Brault

Thursday, April 21, 2011