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THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Motherhood: The Currency of Need and Love

At the moment of birth, there is suddenly stillness and a collective intake of breath. There is recognition by everyone that a momentous and transformative event has taken place – a miracle.  A new baby is placed on a mother’s breast and life … . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Motherhood: The Currency of Need and Love

Montreal Simon: Michael Harris’ Moving Mother’s Day Story

Well today is Mother's Day which is a good day for florists, and yet another good excuse to tell your Mum you love her.And I see that Stephen Harper is using the occasion to make us believe that he's on their side.

Today we celebrate all mothers across Canada for their dedication, unconditional love . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Michael Harris’ Moving Mother’s Day Story

Progressive Proselytizing: Peter MacKay’s wife doesn’t help his – or our – cause

The latest flap over sexist comments from Justice Minister Peter Mackay came about when a Mother’s and Father’s Day emails from Peter Mackay to his staff were leaked to the media. The comparison isn’t pretty: put side to side it makes it seems like mothers should be applauded for doing housework like changing diapers . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Peter MacKay’s wife doesn’t help his – or our – cause

ParliamANT Hill: MacKay’Ant called ‘out of touch’ over Mother’s, Father’s Day messages

Inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/peter-mackay-lauds-moms-for-changing-diapers-dads-for-moulding-minds-in-holiday-messages-1.2686099

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Peter MacKay Said Moms Change Diapers, Dads Form Leaders

In messages sent to employees of the Justice Department this spring, Peter MacKay associated women with household duties, men with “shaping the minds and futures of the next generation of leaders.”

The post Peter MacKay Said Moms Change Diapers, Dads Form Leaders appeared first on THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE.

Parchment in the Fire: Maternity protection: The best Mother’s Day gift of all

From the International Labour Organization, in light of the publication of its report on maternity protection.

Breakfast in bed, a bouquet of roses or a kid’s drawing in bright crayon colours are all welcome tokens of gratitude on Mother’s Day. But for many women around the world, maternity protection at work would be the best . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Maternity protection: The best Mother’s Day gift of all

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Stephen Harper’s Mother Day Greeting: The Secret First Draft

You’ve probably heard about this.  Yesterday Stephen Harper asked Canada to wish Laureen Harper, his wife and the mother of his two kids, a happy Mother’s Day.  Many people noted oddity of the little episode.  Through my secret sources, I have gotten hold of a first draft of Harper’s letter, before his PR people got . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Stephen Harper’s Mother Day Greeting: The Secret First Draft

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

What if all the mothers in the world united and called for an end to war, to violence towards each other and towards the earth, and pledged to work together to make it happen?  

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Meet My Mother – A Natural-Born Activist

My mother is, well, unique.  When I was in kindergarten, I walked to school – alone.  All the other children were dropped off by their parents, but my Mom just woke me up, left a bowl of cereal at the end of my bed (who doesn’t love breakfast in bed?) and after we . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Meet My Mother – A Natural-Born Activist

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Meet My Mother – A Natural-Born Activist

My mother is, well, unique.  When I was in kindergarten, I walked to school – alone.  All the other children were dropped off by their parents, but my Mom just woke me up, left a bowl of cereal at the end of my bed (who doesn’t love breakfast in bed?) and after we . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Meet My Mother – A Natural-Born Activist

350 or bust: A Message From Mother

Found on Facebook today: * Get your MOM the BEST present ever for mother’s day… steward your soil, nurture nature, compost your waste, remediate local contamination, share with the innocent and the needy, teach virtues, coordinate with your neighbors and local friends and actively prioritize implementing energy systems that are clean, green and sustainable, particularly . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: A Message From Mother

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day was mostly just another day. My mother never let me attempt breakfast in bed. Chances are, she cooked breakfast for me. Mom’s right arm was never the same after the cancer, and her tendency to swing hot pans close to my head became a nervous running joke.

Mom did housework well until the . . . → Read More: Mother’s Day

In This Corner: Mom’s workhouse: How one woman put 11 kids to work for the greater good.

This Mother’s Day will mark the 27th straight without a mother to celebrate. That’s almost half my life without a mother, and you’d think that the memories of her would have faded, pushed aside by all that has happened to my life since she passed away. But it hasn’t; I can still see her face, . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Mom’s workhouse: How one woman put 11 kids to work for the greater good.

bastard.logic: Reappropriating Mother’s Day

Forget Hallmark and Big Flora — Mother’s Day is (and always has been) for radicals:

Mother’s Day began in America in 1870 when Julia Ward Howe wrote the Mother’s Day Proclamation. Written in response to the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War, her proclamation called on women to use their position as mothers to . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Reappropriating Mother’s Day

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. ~Marion C. Garretty, quoted in A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul * Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers I know, especially my own mom, my mom-in-law, and my step-mom. May your day be as special . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

Impolitical: Happy Mother’s Day

I came across this speech that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave after receiving an award form a New York Women’s group on Thursday and it seemed like a good read for Mother’s Day. Here is the main excerpt, with a little bit of politics, philosophy of governance and a little bit of her speaking . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Happy Mother’s Day

Excited Delirium: Mother’s Day Wish: Peace

Mother’s Day is all about Peace. Find out what you can do to make your mother proud.

Feminist Mom in Montreal: Happy Mother’s Day

I know that some people criticize Mother’s Day as a commercial holiday, but we all like to feel appreciated once in awhile. This post is dedicated to my mom, a very strong and very brave woman.

My mom had me when she was only 17. She married my dad and took on a huge responsibility . . . → Read More: Feminist Mom in Montreal: Happy Mother’s Day

Feminist Mom in Montreal: Happy Mother’s Day

I know that some people criticize Mother’s Day as a commercial holiday, but we all like to feel appreciated once in awhile. This post is dedicated to my mom, a very strong and very brave woman.My mom had me when she was only 17. She married my dad and … . . . → Read More: Feminist Mom in Montreal: Happy Mother’s Day