On December 1, 2007, during the arrest of several guerillas in Bogotá, the Colombian police confiscated a short video clip of political hostage Ingrid Betancourt. Accompanying the video was a twelve-page letter, dated October 24, 2007, written by Betancourt to her mother and family. Kidnapped on February 23, 2002, Betancourt has become an international symbol in the struggle for liberty and the fight against barbarity. Before being captured by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), she was a voice of hope for the Colombian people, leading a courageous fight against political corruption, violence, and illegal detentions. Presented in this small, poignant book is Betancourt’s letter to her mother printed in English, French, and Spanish. From the depths of the Colombian jungle, Betancourt’s words are an impassioned declaration of love to those dearest to her. In addition to this letter is a response to Betancourt written by her children, who since they were teenagers have rallied public support for their mother’s release. With a preface by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel, Letters to My Mother conveys a powerful message of love for family and country, and a heartrending plea for freedom.
Susie Weksler was only eight when Hitler's forces invaded her Lithuanian city of Vilnius. Over the next few years, she endured starvation, brutality, and forced labor in three concentration camps. With courage and ingenuity, Susie's mother helped her to survive--by disguising her as an adult to fool the camp guards, finding food to add to their scarce rations, and giving her the will to endure. This harrowing memoir portrays the best and worst of humanity in heartbreaking scenes you will never forget. Winner of the Mildred L. Batchelder Award An ALA Notable Book An NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
For years, Cathy and her mother have been working out their relationship on the comic pages in such an honest, relatable, humor-filled way that thousands of mothers and daughters have written to say the comic strip is the single thing that has helped them keep speaking to each other over the years. In Confessions to My Mother, Cathy helps daughters speak to their mothers in an even more poignant way--with page after page of everything from embarrassing truths... "The last time you came to visit I spent a whole day hiding things before you got here." to belated admissions... I'm sorry for the 10 to 15 years I spent grunting at you." to personal revelations... The inside of my bathroom cabinet looks exactly as bad as the inside of your bathroom cabinet." and heartfelt sentiments.. "When I make your chicken soup, it doesn't taste like your chicken soup." "The thing I am the most sure of in my life is that you love me." "Because of you, I can't throw out a cardboard box." According to creator Cathy Guisewite, Confessions to My Mother is "all the deep, insightful, meaningful things I want to say to Mom, but never actually say because I'm too busy acting like a five-year-old when I'm with her."
In a series of letters to her dead mother, a young Afro-Cuban girl describes her struggles with racism, living on the goodwill of relatives, and self-acceptance. Reprint.
I knew I liked to write was when I was a teenager, locking myself in my room. I was angry and frustrated and needed a positive outlet. I was tired of breaking things that were really important to me. I was sad having to pick up pieces of my little treasures. So I picked up a pencil and started writing about how I felt and why I was being self destructive. I was determined to find a way to diffuse the confusion in my head. I was taught very early to pray and I'd put my prayers on paper. Seeing something written brought me back into reality. I had a reference point. Something I could read over and over to remind myself who I was and that I would be ok. This is my story of survival. My journey from the traumatic experience of being molested countless times by my step-father while living within the strict religious practices of Jehovah's Witnesses to my healing process with Parents United. I thought my life of confusion, mistrust and low self-esteem could never change. As I got older, I constantly attracted more dysfunction in my choices and relationships. I didn't know I could change that. I didn't know any better. I became afraid for my children. I thought I was crazy and didn't have good parenting skills. After years of therapy, I learned to have control over my life and how to take the power back that I kept giving away. I am no longer a victim. It has been a long and twisty road. Today, I am proud to be happy, healthy and productive in my world. I am proud to be a survivor! I hope to inspire others and give them hope that the craziness in their heads can go away. I want to keep talking about this until the cycle is broken and children can always be cherished.
This eye-opening, 5x8, 428 page, non-fiction book contains a multitude of inspirational messages received by the extraordinary trance medium Monserrate Conesa, as dictated to her daughter Gilda Miros. A compilation of fifty years of communications with "The World Beyond." This incredible and heartwarming book contains messages that will inspire the readers; provoking an awareness of their immortality and confirming that there is life after death. These fascinating spirit messages reveal - once and for all - that reincarnation does exist; that loving family members and close friends continue to seek one another after this life, and that death is just a swift transition from one world to another Spirit life stories, eternal loves, mother/daughter past lives and spirit advice; written with great love and accuracy by the author Gilda Miros. This true incredible account of psychic communication is a marvelous gift to the world.
A tribute to mothers everywhere. This lovely book honors all a mother has done-and continues to do- for her family, while expressing the deep gratitude that is felt for a mother. Most of all, it's a beautiful reminder of the important role mothers play in the lives of their children.
The author recounts the mental illness of her mother, the poet Anne Sexton, discussing their complex relationship and the factors that led to her mother's suicide in 1974.
‘My mother-in-law Annie lived with us for 17 years and was picture-book perfect.’
This book is dedicated to my mother, and the community of mothers who all had a hand in raising me. Yes, this book is dedicated to all the mothers, all over the world, the phenomenal women who nurture us, care for us, raise us to be strong, and then release us into the world, thankless in their responsibility, thankless in their burden of such duty, thankless but never at a loss for love. This book is for you.
Regardless of the circumstances of each individual’s life, every life begins with a mother. Throughout your life, you may have many different relationships with your mother—or perhaps you may have none at all. For the most part, it’s safe to say that all of us have questions or perhaps just something important we’d like to say to our mothers. In A Letter to My Mother: Letters from Daughters Full of Love, Hope, Despair, Regret, and Forgiveness, women from various backgrounds and regions of the United States each write deep, heartfelt letters to their mothers. Each letter is a real, personal attempt at resolution between the roles of mother and daughter. In this collection of heart-to-heart communications—meant to inspire the reader to address his or her own unspoken words—the authors raise a number of points, issues, and praise with respect to their relationships with their mothers. From positive friendships to bitter abandonment, each woman bares her heart completely in her own letter to her mother.
Meaningful sentiments in a small, elegant package. Quotations by well-known people telling how much their mothers mean to them, and loving letters to their mothers by Helen Keller and Louisa May Alcott, among others.
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We all cherish how wonderfully mothers' duties are accomplished, and the unconditional love that they provide to their children. The pain of carrying babies throughout pregnancy and the fact that mothers would sacrifice everything just to ensure their babies are well fed and nurtured is admirable. This book provides you with insights on how to bridge communication barriers to get back on track with your daughters, and also how to share life with your loved ones.
Prayers of my Mother is a five-part book of inspirational prayers. Part One, “Blessed Trinity,” is intended to encourage you to become in tune with your calling or spiritual gift(s) through meditation. It stresses patience and dependence on God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit throughout all circumstances. Part Two, “Identifiable Characteristics,” focuses on how others see you. Part Three discusses “Life’s Relationships,” and includes your BFFs (best friends forever and boyfriends forever), and the effects these relationships have on you. Part Four, “Personal Challenges,” highlights how you see yourself and how you cope with those images. Part Five, “Spiritual Challenges,” depicts struggles and weaknesses in life as you prepare for the end of times. Many of the daily devotionals shared within the pages of Prayers of my Mother unveiled Carolyn's real life anecdotes which were deeply hidden in her past and most times forgotten. The more she shared her journey with others, the more anecdotes she recalled. She has shared her trials and tribulations to encourage, console and heal, and hopefully bring peace and reconciliation to many. It is her utmost desire that Prayers of my Mother inspires many to seek a relationship with God, with the understanding that most times it is because of your trials and tribulations that you can hear Him, but you must learn Listening With A Different Ear.
Powerful, disturbing, stirring, Jamaica Kincaid's novel is the deeply charged story of a woman's life on the island of Dominica. Xuela Claudette Richardson, daughter of a Carib mother and a half-Scottish, half-African father, loses her mother to death the moment she is born and must find her way on her own. Kincaid takes us from Xuela's childhood in a home where she could hear the song of the sea to the tin-roofed room where she lives as a schoolgirl in the house of Jack Labatte, who becomes her first lover. Xuela develops a passion for the stevedore Roland, who steals bolts of Irish linen for her from the ships he unloads, but she eventually marries an English doctor, Philip Bailey. Xuela's is an intensely physical world, redolent of overripe fruit, gentian violet, sulfur, and rain on the road, and it seethes with her sorrow, her deep sympathy for those who share her history, her fear of her father, her desperate loneliness. But underlying all is "the black room of the world" that is Xuela's barrenness and motherlessness. The Autobiography of My Mother is a story of love, fear, loss, and the forging of a character, an account of one woman's inexorable evolution evoked in startling and magical poetry.
Talking to My Mum is a photocopiable activity workbook for five- to eight-year-olds whose families have experienced domestic abuse, to help and support them in recovery and moving on. Based on the authors' work with women and children, all workbook features illustrated activities with animal characters that encourage the young reader to build their confidence by working with their mothers and explore a range of memories and feelings, including changes in the family's living arrangements, talking about their father, or happy times with siblings and friends. Talking to My Mum includes guidance for mothers on how to use the material sensitively with their children and is an essential tool for families affected by domestic abuse, as well as social workers and other professionals working with them.
This book has been written for anyone who has become a caregiver at a moments notice, and to say thank you to the many people who reached out to help her family in the time of need. It is intended to be a guide, but not a cure-all. She speaks with a voice of integrity and understanding and included in these pearls of wisdom are successful strategies used to care for her mother, whose acute stroke left her with a severe case of aphasia and apraxia and the inability to walk. Also, her father has been diagnosed with orthostatic hypotension. Her belief is that miracles can happen in the midst of trouble and that all it takes is tender loving care to make them happen. She is the recipient of the Master of Divinity Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. In addition, she is an itinerant elder and has pastored in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, First Episcopal District.