Please Don’t Say You Are ‘Just’ a Mother!

The question arises at nearly every cocktail party. Folks hovering over the onion dip and meeting someone for the first time will inquire, “What do you do for a living?” The answer “I’m a psychiatrist” has a tendency to make the questioners nervous, since they fear the doctor will try to detect their neuroses on the spot. And English teachers […]

Joy, Encouragement and a Mother’s Love

One of the earliest memories I have of my mother, Sandi, is from when I was three or four years old.  It was during summer and we were living in our first home in Annapolis, MD.  I remember playing in the front yard with my mother and feeling very happy and safe.  I recall vividly the expression on her face – […]

Artwork © by Jef Murray

My Mother’s Lessons in Love

The first commandment was the first one I ever broke, although I didn’t know any better at the time. You see, I idolized my mother before I knew much about God. As she stormed through the house with her vacuum cleaner, I trailed along behind her, proclaiming, “You are the most beautiful woman in the world.” That was my early […]

Mama, Dress Up!

At a public event in our downtown area, families were mulling around on a Sunday afternoon. It was a hot, August day and people stopped to look at booths where hand-made jewelry was displayed, or to buy a cool drink or allow their preschool children to participate in art crafts. Waiting for a ballet number to begin on an outside […]