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    Planting Coral Bells for Mom

    By Debbie L. Miller for Next AvenueAfter 23 years of marriage, I was finished. For the last nine of those years, I’d owned a house with a garden in East Tennessee where I grew herbs, perennials, wildflowers and vegetables.   Read More...

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    Love for Cats Connects Mother and Daughter

    By Christine Schoenwald for Next AvenueWhy is it, no matter how old we are, there’s a part of us which continues to seek our parent’s approval?My mother never was the kind of parent who believed that everything her child did was extraordinary or brilliant. A couple of years ago, I wrote a personal essay about my late father and his fantastic sense of humor. I thought my mother would enjoy reading it — they had been divorced several years at the time of his death, but she always appreciated how f...  Read More...

  • Losing My Dad

    With the death of her father, this writer discovers a different kind of griefBy Jill Smolowe for Next AvenueIt happened again this morning. I’d just finished a task at my desk and thought, Okay, time to call Dad. Then my eyes teared up as I remembered, Dad’s not here anymore.My father died on March 19 at the age of 87.   Read More...

  • Remembering the Love of Grandparents

    An apartment in Brooklyn was a center of family and loyalty in the 1940sBy Dana Klosner-Wehner for Next AvenueThere’s a small apartment in Brooklyn where the letter “C” adorns the door. Behind that door is a hidden treasure trove of love and memories.My mother grew up in that apartment, along with my uncle and my grandparents. It’s a small one-bedroom where family love seeps through every corner.   Read More...

  • I Didn’t Miss My Mother — Until She Was Gone

    On my occasional weekends away from home, I missed my view of the Hudson River, the varying shades and moods of the water outside my window.I missed my cats. Their jelly bodies regenerated my soul and spread warmth.I missed my home, the rootedness it provided in those unsettling times.What I did not miss, I’m ashamed to say, was my mother. She joined our household following a major surgery for ovarian cancer.   Read More...