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Mother's Day

May 11, 2013The Forward recently asked readers to submit six-word memoirs about their Jewish mothers. Editor-In-Chief Jane Eisner shares some of her favorites, including, "Strong, independent rethinker of tuna casserole." How would you describe your mother in just six words?
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May 10, 2013 — When Rebecca Posamentier was pregnant with her first child, she visited StoryCorps with her mother, Carol Kirsch. The soon-to-be mother tried to glean all she could about parenting from her own mother, before it was too late.
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May 9, 2013 — Try rummaging through opera to find a tender scene between a mother and child and you'll come up stymied. Why are so many operatic moms depicted as murderous women on the verge of a nervous breakdown?
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May 8, 2013 — Many people are racking their brains to find a Mother's Day gift. But a group of women wrote about gifts their mothers gave them. Their essays are part of the book What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-One Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most. Host Michel Martin speaks with the editor and a contributor.
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May 8, 2013 — Rather than waiting for someone to give you a treat, why not make one of your favorites for yourself? Something you can snack on all week when no one's around. Or, better yet, something you don't have to share. Food writer T. Susan Chang recommends slow-roasted pecans, salty-sweet matzo candy and more.
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May 13, 2012 — NPR Music's Alt.Latino co-hosts, Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd, share a musical tribute to the women who raised them.
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May 7, 2012 — Mother's Day may arrive earlier in England than in the U.S., but British writer Rosamund Lupton is always happy to celebrate. She recommends three books that distill motherhood to its essential elements. Do you have a favorite book about moms? Tell us in the comments.
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May 8, 2011 — Just in time for Mother's Day, Melanie Notkin has come out with Savvy Auntie, a guidebook for women who don't have children, but still love them. A proud aunt to many, Notkin explains how to play a fun and supportive role in the lives of your nieces, nephews and god-children.
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May 6, 2011 — For Mother's Day, William Anthony Cobb and his sister, Valerie Foster, pay tribute to their mother, Mary Cobb. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and after she died, her children remembered her influence on their lives.
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May 4, 2011 — Baked goods are just the ticket for kids (and adults) who want to whip up a treat for dear Mom. The batter or dough can be made before it goes anywhere near the heat, there are no knives or open flames to worry about, and the cooking time allows ample opportunity to clean up and break out the crayons to make a card.
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