Mexican traditions, Mother's Day, Mothers

11 Things My Mom Taught Me Without Knowing

  The other day I saw a contest, sponsored by the Santa Barbara Writer's Conference. For a chance to win a free pass, one could enter a 500-word essay on the topic, "What my mother taught me." The deadline was within a couple of days, so I passed on the opportunity, but the topic stirred… Continue reading 11 Things My Mom Taught Me Without Knowing

Chingona, Faith, Mother's Day, Parenting, Paris, Social Justice, Strong Women, Travel

Gifts My Mother Gave Me

Paris photobook-alvaradofrazier.comMother’s Day is fast approaching. When making my mom her gift (the photo book above) I thought about all the gifts she's given to me. It’s not the knickknacks, stationery and candles but other gifts that have lasted a lifetime.A few months ago, my 85-year-old mother announced to us kids, “I want to make… Continue reading Gifts My Mother Gave Me

Children of incarcerated, Female Offenders, Get on the Bus Program, Mother's Day, Parenting, Women in Prison

What I Learned in Prison: Women in Front & Behind Bars #9

correctionalnurse.netMother's Day is coming soon. The date makes me remember the young women in our facility. They became more anxious the closer Mother's Day came. Several of them had children and most would not see them on that day.                   Anger, depression, and isolation was usually the result… Continue reading What I Learned in Prison: Women in Front & Behind Bars #9