mother’s day

The Problem of Writing About Our Mothers 4

MOTHERS are fertile ground for memoir writers — we have innumerable stories arising from their temperaments, parenting styles, and influence. Most of us have observations and judgments about our mothers that, let’s face it, they’d rather not read in an essay or book written by one of their children. Yet, […]

For Mother’s Day: Not the Mother I Remember Excerpt 5

IN HONOR OF MOTHER’S DAY, and in remembrance of my wild and unconventional mother, Jacquelyn Carr, I’m sharing an excerpt from my first memoir, Not the Mother I Remember. The year is 1965. I am ten years’ old. My mother, my eight-year-old brother, Michael, and I are in the middle […]

Journaling Prompts for Mothers 3

SOMETIMES IT SEEMS that I have been a mother for a very, very long time. My eldest son was nineteen when my youngest was born, and though they are all adults now, they will always be my children — always a source of care, concern, and love. Being a mother […]