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SUNSCREEN & SWIM WEAR: Beach wear, swim / bathing suits, cover ups, etc.: I want you to look & feel your best!*

Vol. 4, No.9, Monday, May 27, 2013

TITLE: “SUNSCREEN & SWIM WEAR: Beach wear, swim / bathing suits, cover ups, etc.: I want you to look & feel your best!*”


Psst! … Summer is just about here. You know what that means: Outdoors and sun, beach and sand, etc. But it’s not only fun and games. It’s also about serious shopping of the female kind. I’m speaking about a lady buying summer attire, particularly the right bathing suit & cover-up (e.g., bikini, one piece, etc.) I think that you all would agree with me that this can be sheer agony!  And buying proper sunscreen can also be difficult. Let’s share notes. I’ll go first. See below.  My book of the week is “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Portfolio: Fantasy Islands” [Hardcover] Editors of Sports Illustrated (Author). (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on women’s issues.)


Teens & twenties: As a young girl, I always wore a bikini on the beach. This was also the time when we used sun reflectors to tan our face.  It was considered attractive to have a dark sun tan. Whew! Times have sure changed.

Middle Age: As I age, I have worn a one-piece bathing suit or a tankini.  As with everything a woman wears, it has to be age appropriate. Regarding the sun, we are nowadays better informed and more aware of the damage that unprotected exposure can do. Today, we take precautions.  

Motherhood stories:

1. When my daughters were teenagers, we decided to spend the day at a water slide park.  I was wearing a strapless bathing suit.  As I was going down the water slide, the top of my bathing suit came down.  I immediately grabbed my top and pulled it up.  It was Soooo embarrassing!  This taught me a lesson – never wear a strapless bathing suit when going to a water slide park!

2. Years ago, we were vacationing in Wildwood, New Jersey.  We went to the beach and I forgot my sun hat.  As a consequence, I got a sun stroke and was in bed for two days.

THE AUTHOR: Editors of Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated is a long-standing  magazine founded by Henry Luce of Time Inc., now TIME WARNER. This periodical title is an icon that has passed the test of time. It’s now an institution. Its editors are  highly regarded. You can expect high quality in a book from such publishers.



Several books are:

THE BOOK: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Portfolio: Fantasy Islands [Hardcover] Editors of Sports Illustrated (Author)

Four top photographers took the photographs which were published in the 2011 Swimsuit Issue of Sports Illustrated. The book has the photos and assignment stories plus background material. The reading is interesting but the photos are the big attraction. They feature 17 world class models with legs that don’t quit and great figures wearing lovely swim suits. To add to the eye candy, there are four amazing exotic beach locations: Turtle Island in Fiji, Sentosa Island in Singapore, Peter Island in the British Virgin Islands and Boracay Island in the Philippines.

Regardless of the magazine’s name and its sports category, I chose this book. Real women appreciate good looking women wearing beautiful clothing. It gives us all ideas on what looks good!


Summer is a great time for outdoor fun. For a woman, choosing a bathing suit is a big deal. For women and everyone else, it’s important to be careful about the sun.

Personal Comments

I say:

  • That looking our best on the beach is everyone’s goal.
  • That at the start of  the summer, we usually want to get fit.
  • That it’s difficult to choose the right bathing suit. Here are my suggestions:
    • Choose a suit for our body shape – it will make a difference. The right body suit will highlight your best feature and downplay your less desirable one.
    • Wear the right bathing suit according to the activity.
  • That there are several body shapes:  hour-glass, pear-shaped, apple-shaped, big-chested, slim or boyish, or plus-sized.  What body shape are you?
  • That exposure to the sun causes dry skin and premature aging.  Excessive sun exposure can also cause skin cancer.
  • That it’s a good idea to wear a cover up and a hat to protect yourself .
  • That at the beach, I would rather sit in the shade than in the sun.
  • That I also use sunscreen. I understand that it’s how often you apply it rather than the strength of the sunscreen that’s important. Apparently SPF 15 or higher is the strength you need.

The Point

This year, be properly dressed and protected when at the beach or poolside.


Every woman should:

  1. Get with the pre-beach program to look your best; more precisely: (a) Join a gym and get fit; (b) Eat healthy and less; and (c) Get bikini waxed.
  2. Buy the perfect bathing suit – to do this, (a) Go to a good bathing suit store … one that sells beach wear.  The sales people are more knowledgeable about bathing suits and which ones are more flattering to your body type; (b) Determine your body shape and buy a suit that is suitable; (c) Select a bathing suit that’s age appropriate; (d) Buy quality not price – a better made suit will stand out and look good and better on you;
  3. Use  sunscreen – it’s necessary to protect yourself against damage to your skin.  In this regard, (a) Try sunscreens – SPF 15 or higher; (b) Apply sunscreen often rather than using a high SPF sunscreen;
  4. Wear dark clothing;
  5. Wear a sun hat;
  6. Sit in the shade for at least every half hour or so when on the beach.

This summer at the beach or swimming pool: For boys and men, it’s beer, sun and sand; and 1-2-3, they’re ready. For girls who want to have summer fun, it takes plenty of prior planning and preparations. But for women who want to look good and feel good, this takes a lot of time, effort and money. To one and all, have a ball … a beach ball this summer!

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For today, my word/phrase(s) are: “bathing suits”; “sunscreen”

“A swimsuit, bathing suit, swimming costume, swimming suit, tog, bathers, or cossie (short for “costume”) is an item of clothing designed to be worn by men, women or children while they are engaging in a water-based activity or water sports, such as swimming, water polo, diving, surfing, water skiing, or during activities in the sun, such as sun bathing.” (Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –

“Sunscreen (also commonly known as sunblock, sun tan lotion, sun screen, sunburn cream, sun cream or block out)[1] is a lotion, spray, gel or other topical product that absorbs or reflects some of the sun‘s ultraviolet (UV) radiation on the skin exposed to sunlight and thus helps protect against sunburn.”  (Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –


Women’s swimsuits

Name Description
(also known as tank suit, maillot)
Probably the most common form of one-piece swimsuit, the tank suit form is inspiration for the subsequent creation of the tank top as a mainstream article of clothing. The name “tank suit” is also supposed to be derived from the term “swimming tank”, an obsolete term for what is now called a swimming pool.
(also known as two piece)
One piece covers the breasts, the other the groin and buttocks, leaving an uncovered area between the two. Bikinis are available in many stylistic variations. (see Bikini variants)
(also known as two piece)
Two piece covers the breasts and stomach (like a tank top), the other the groin and buttocks. Leaves a small gap in between the belly button and the hips. Tankinis are available in many stylistic variations.
(also known as a unikini or topless swimsuit)
Refers to:(1) A women’s swimsuit with one piece that exposes the breasts, originally invented by Rudi Gernreich in 1964, available in many stylistic variations and generally refers to a bikini bottom, or thong worn alone without a top.(2) A recent trend in women’s one-piece swimsuits. It is typically styled so that from the front it looks like a typical one-piece with side cut-outs, but from the back it looks like a bikini. Many monokini styles also include plunging necklines.
Burqini Covers the whole body and head (but not face) in a manner similar to a diver’s wetsuit.

(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) – health risks of sunscreen

Sunscreen is widely acknowledged to protect against sunburn and two common forms of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and basal cell carcinoma (BCC). However, there is some evidence that sunscreen use can contribute to negative health outcomes. The major claims include:

Some sunscreens only protect against UVB radiation, and not against the more dangerous UVA component of the spectrum. Incomplete protection against the full ultraviolet spectrum, combined with increased time spent in the sun, can lead to an increase in the risks of developing malignant melanoma, a rarer but more deadly form of skin cancer.

These issues have precipitated various levels of disagreement within the academic community over the benefits and risks of sunscreen use. Most health authorities and medical associations have concluded that, on the whole, sunscreen use is beneficial.[1](Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –


S & R*NEWS ALERT*#1: Quick tips for a backyard and a furniture revival

“(NC) The on-set of mild weather expands our living space to the deck and patio throughout the summer months with backyard entertaining, relaxing weekends and sunset evenings. This is the time when flocks of people venture into their sheds to pull out lawn furniture for another season, only to find that winter dust, mildew and debris has left it looking less than pristine. Don’t let dingy lawn furniture shadow your patio entertaining. A thorough spring cleaning at the start of the season will make your outdoor space as beautiful as your indoor living space.

A thorough cleaning, however, doesn’t necessarily mean an all-day job. Innovative products to brighten up tired outdoor furniture are a homeowner’s best friend, say specialists in this field. One of those is a brand line called Thompson’s WaterSeal Oxy powered multi-surface cleaner. It is mild and safe to use, but effective. The biodegradable formula is a breeze for cleaning furniture, wood and composite decks, siding, vinyl awnings, concrete and masonry. Take a look at a few more tips to spruce up your outdoor space:

Rake out walkways, ditches and small spaces that have gathered old leaves, garbage and clear patios and overhangs of cobwebs and winter nests.

Till and add fresh mulch to flower beds and walkways to instantly increase your home’s curb appeal.

Clean windows, doors and outdoor coach lights to brighten up your home inside and out.

Restore your outdoor deck. The Thompson’s line includes a foaming-action oxy cleaner for this purpose and afterwards it suggests protecting the deck with the Advanced WaterSeal. Protect fabrics from water damage, stains and colour fading with this brand’s outdoor Fabric Seal.

Add some life to your outdoor space with hanging plants and floor planters for a pop of colour.”

S & R*NEWS ALERT*#2: Buy a honey bee charm to save the species

“(NC) Forget about owls and butterflies the hottest jewelery item this season is the honey bee charm. Even better, these particular trinkets help raise money for an important cause.

For the second year in a row, Canadian jewelry designer, Jenny Bird, has partnered with natural personal-care company, Burt’s Bees, to design a limited-edition collection. Proceeds go to the non-profit organization Pollinator Partnership Canada (PPC) with the goal of conserving bee health.

The collection consists of a bee-charm friendship bracelet and bee stud earrings. This year, Jenny Bird used black and gold (her signature combo) and for the bracelet, she incorporated cobalt blue given it’s a hot colour for the summer, and braided it onto a gold-plated chain.

I love it paired with the graphic black and white clothing we’re seeing flood the shelves this season stack the bracelet with your other everyday bracelets, she says.

On sale as of June 1, 2013, the Wild for Bees bracelet ($24 each) and earrings ($34 each) will be available in select Jenny Bird retailers and online at and, and 100% of the proceeds will go to PPC.”

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POST PARTUM DEPRESSION: Symptoms, treatment, screening, scale, guidelines, support, onset – I need to speak out!* Volume #2 *

VOL. 4, No.8, Tuesday, May 21, 2013

TITLE: “POST PARTUM DEPRESSION: Symptoms,  treatment, screening, scale, guidelines, support, onset – I need to speak out!* Volume #2* ”

INTRODUCTION  – Post Partum Depression Volume II

When it comes to POST PARTUM DEPRESSION, I’m still not all talked out. I was curious and researched the topic of mothers who kill. Hold onto your hat – I have several stories that will surprise you! Check it out below. In addition, I have assembled a bonus fact sheet. With this post, I hope to get your attention; I also hope that you will become more informed about this great problem. I’m so glad that you came by today. (Editor’s Note: This is another post (with an adapted format) in a continuing series on women’s issues.)    


Andrea Yates

Texas – In June 2001 Andrea Yates drowned her five young children in the bathtub of their home.  In 2002, Yates  was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.  In 2006, after an appeal, Yates was found not guilty by reason of insanity. She initially was committed by the court to a high-security state mental institution. She was moved to a minimum-security facility in 2007.  

Dena Schlosser

Texas – In November 2004, Dena Schlosser had a 11-month baby, Margaret. She amputated her arms with a knife and the infant bled to death.  Her two older daughters were at school.  She was found guilty by reason of insanity, released in 2008 and in April 2010 was sent back to the state hospital.  She shared a room in the state mental hospital with Andrea Yates.


It is difficult to comprehend how a mother could murder her own children. Each good mother that I know would give her life for their kids.  To snuff out the life of an innocent little child is evil.  These mothers should never again be trusted with children. In the case of a mother who is mentally-ill, following are some stories of mothers who have murdered their children. I have to admit that these were hard for me to read.  

Alexandra V. Tobias

Jacksonville, Florida – In 2010, Alexandra Tobias shook her three-month-old baby son to death. The reason was that he was disturbing her while she was online playing a Facebook game of Farmville.  She pleaded guilty.  She was sentenced to the maximum – 50 years in prison but is eligible for parole in 10 years.

Darlie Lynn Routier

Texas – In 1996 Lynn Routier murdered two of her three children in their home.  Both of the sons, Damon (aged 5) and Devon (nearly 7) were stabbed to death.  Just eight days after the murder, she was videotaped along with other family members celebrating the 7th birthday of the deceased Devon at the gravesite.  She was even seen spraying silly string and laughing. Although she was accused of killing both the children, she was convicted only for one. Currently, she is on death row. Her family maintains her innocence.

Julie Schenecker

Tampa, Florida – In January 2011, Julie Schenecker killed her son, Beau (13) and daughter, Calyx (16) with a .38-caliber pistol. She covered them with a blanket.  The reason was that they were being “mouthy”.  She is charged with premeditated first-degree murder.

Stacey Pagli

New York – Manhattanville College – In February 2010, Stacey Pagli strangled her 18- year old daughter, Marissa Pagli. This young person was a freshman at Manhattanville College.  Her father, a maintenance supervisor at the college, found the body at the on-campus apartment.  Stacey Pagli confessed to first-degree manslaughter. The reason was that her daughter “pushed my last button,” the mother said.  This mother will spend the next 20 years in prison.

Ka Yang

Sacramento California – In March 2011 Ka Yang killed her 6-week old daughter, Mirabel. There were burns on the baby’s face although her clothes and hair were not burned.   Following a three-month investigation, investigators found a pacifier in the microwave and concluded that the baby was burned in a microwave oven.  Yang is being charged with multiple murder charges without bail.

Robin Lee Row

California – In 1980, a son, Keith of Robin Lee Row died in a house fire that was ruled accidental.  A baby of hers died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. If that was not enough, in February 1992, she killed her husband and two children, Randy (34), Joshua (10) and Tabitha (8) from a previous marriage by setting the house on fire.  The cause of the fire was arson and ruled a homicide.  She was convicted and is on death row.

Marie Moore

Casselberry, Florida – In the spring 2009 Marie Moore shot her son in the back of the head execution style and then shot herself.  She left several notes and audio recordings explaining her motive for this murder and suicide.

Lashandra Armstrong

New York – In mid-April 2011 Lashandra Armstrong drove into the Hudson River  in her minivan with her four children.  All but one son were found dead.  Her 10-year old son climbed out a window and swam to shore.  She posted a message on Facebook asking for forgiveness.

Monica Christine McCarrick

California – In October 2010 Monica Christine McCarrick stabbed to death with a samurai sword her 3-year old twin daughters, Lily and Tori.  She attempted suicide but failed.  She was charged with child abuse, arson, evidence destruction and murder.  She pleaded not guilty. McCarrick has a history of domestic violence and drug abuse.

Casey Marie Anthony

Orlando, Florida  – In October, 2008 Casey Marie Anthony was charged with first-degree murder of killing her two-year old daughter, Caylee.  She pled not guilty. And she was found not-guilty. But, 64% of Americans believe Anthony is guilty.

The stories described above are by no means an exhaustive list of mothers who are accused of killing their children in the United States. However, these entries illustrate the terrible harm being done by mothers. For more, here is a condensed list of additional mothers accused of killing their children (in no specific order).

  • Mary Beth Tinning, New York, is accused of killing nine of her own children between 1972 and 1985. She was arrested in 1986.
  • China P. Arnold, Ohio, is accused of killing her baby in the microwave in August 2005.
  • Otty Sanchez, Texas (2009), is accused of killing her newborn son in such a gruesome way, I will not elaborate here.
  • Susan Eubanks, California, is accused of murdering her four sons during a drunken rage in 1999.
  • Kenisha Berry, Texas, is accused of the 1998 murder of her newborn son by gagging him with duct tape and placing him in a garbage bin.
  • Michelle Sue Tharp, Pennsylvania, is accused of starving her seven-year old daughter to death in 1998.
  • Socorro (Cara) Caro, California, is accused of killing three of her four boys in 1999, ages five, eight and eleven, by shooting them in the head at point-blank range while they slept. The 13-month old son was unharmed. She shot herself in the head but survived.
  • Theresa Michelle Lewis, Virginia, was executed by lethal injection in 2010 for the murder-for-hire slayings of her husband and stepson in 2002.
  • Frances Elaine Newton, Texas, was executed by lethal injection in 2005 for shooting to death her husband and two children, a son (7) and daughter (21 months), for insurance money in 1987.
  • Marie Noe, Pennsylvania, is accused of the death of 10 of her children between 1949 and 1968. Not until 1999, Noe pled guilty to eight counts of second-degree murder. Now that she is in her 80’s (born 1928), she was sentenced to 20 years probation that includes intense psychiatric studies.


Here are a number of interesting facts about  POST PARTUM DEPRESSION, which I think that you need to know.

1.     Psychological illness and-or injury is everything as tough as physical illness or injury.  

2.     The most frequent obstetrical complications in the industrial world are now psychiatric.

3.     The #1 cause of maternal death is suicide.

4.     In prenatal psychiatry, the fetus is exposed to both the medication and the illness.

5.     It’s necessary to manage the balance of risk between the disease and drugs.

6.     Pregnancy & mental troubles analysis of potential risks this analysis requires good knowledge of the risks of: (a) Disease and its usual evolution in the prenatal period; (b) administration and withdrawal of drugs; and (c) Alternative or complimentary treatments. 

7.     Potential problems arising from psychiatric disease at or about birthing: (a) Mother’s decreased capacity to take care of herself; (b) Poor compliance during pre and post natal periods; (c) Denial of pregnancy; (d) Bad nutrition and personal hygiene; (e)  Abuse and dependence upon tobacco; (e) Anomaly in bonding between mother and child; (f) Risk of mutilation, suicide,  infanticide, child mistreatment, child care negligence.

8.     Risks to mother: (a) Psychological; (b) Social; (c) Hormonal; (d)  tendency to worsen and relapse.

9.     Classic Post Partum troubles: (a) Post Partum blues; (b) Post Partum depression; and (c) Post Partum psychosis; (N.B. A pre-existing psychiatric disorder does not protect against these complications.) 

10. Psycho social risk factors of Post Partum depression: (a) Loss of social support; (b) Prior unsatisfactory relations with her mother; (c) Matrimonial disaccord; (d) Bad life events; (e) Negative perception of pregnancy;  (f) Instability at work.

11. Risk of major depression during postpartum.

12. Pregnancy and bipolar troubles – There does not seem to be an acquired risk of relapse during pregnancy but risks are greatly heightened post natal: (a) 40 % base with MAB; (b) 75% with earlier episode in post natal; (c) 90% with earlier episode in post natal earlier episode and family history of bipolar trouble at or about birthing.

13. Post Partum Psychosis: (a) Probability of Bipolar of type 1 –  the biggest -most known ; (b) Psychiatric emergency; (c) Condition of confusion with delirium, vivid hallucinogenic, (d) Fluctuations in state of consciousness; (e)  Mandatory hospitalization; (f) Excellent chance of complete and rapid remission with adequate treatment.

14. Pregnancy and schizophrenia – details to consider during obstetrical & psychological follow up at or about birthing: (a) Lower fertility rate amongst general population majority of which have kids; (b) High rate of unwanted pregnancy; (c)  Disadvantages to single mothers; (d) Less socio-familial support; (e) Majority lose custody of children and provisional foster placement; (f) Psychosis is considered terrible to fetus; (g) Regardless of paucity of data on the evolution of disease during pregnancy, schizophrenia must be considered at high obstetrical risk.

15. Risks for the child- children born to mothers having schizophrenia: (a) Genetic; (b) Traumatic; (c) Toxicological; (d) Viral; (e) Immunological; (f) Psychological.

16. Schizophrenia and pregnancy – Higher risks: (a)  Children are considered at risk (genetic and environmental); (b) Hypoxia neonatal is one of the factors of predisposition risk at a higher level; N.B. a pregnant woman with schizophrenia needs optimal obstetrical care!

17. Advantage and risk ratio psychotropic in pregnancy: illness –vs- drugs.

18. Psychotropic and pregnancy – Risk potential to fetus: (a) Malformation of organs; (b) Neonatal toxicity; (c) Consequences to development.

19. Psychotropic and pregnancy – Drug treatment choice with pregnant women or those desiring to become pregnant, suffering psychotic troubles: (a) Start medication; (b) Stop medication; (c) Modify medication – type or dosage.

20. Pregnancy psychotropic  problematic complex: (a)  Aim is to control symptoms not a cure; (b) Avoid  medication except if higher advantage to risk ratio (c) Choice according to (i) Diagnosis; (ii). Danger: actual, previous, foreseeable; (d) Prior evolution with drugs were lowered or stopped; (e) clinical chart before first treatment; (f) Reliability of mother support  network: symptom detection, appropriate decision making.

21. Treatment types (non drug): (a) Psychotherapy; (b)  Psycho-education, (c)  Luminotherapy; (d) Conjugal and family interventions  (e) Modification therapy relative to environment and stress management; (f) Omega 3 vitamin; (g)  Physical activity.

22. Psychiatric consultations at or about birthing – important information: (a) Menstrual cycle type SPM or TDPM; (b) Past psychiatric personal and familial history with emphasis on reproductive cycle; (c) Prior evolution of the illness and actual status; (d) Drug history; (e)  Danger index  & risk factors; (f) Pre-cursor and decompensation signs;  (f) Psycho-educational level; (g) Self evaluation;  (h) Therapeutic alliance level; (i) prior use of of Socio-familial support; (j) Financial resources.

23. Psychiatric consultation at or about birthing – Planned pregnancy and appropriate follow up maximizes chance of good results: issue; (a) Make an individual plan (conception, pregnancy and post natal); (b) Follow-up. (N.B. This is the security net for those at higher risk!)

24. Postnatal psychotic bi-polar troubles: (a) Foresee multi-discipline intensive psychiatric follow up; (b) Regular visits by nurses, etc. (c) Facilitate family support; (d) Evaluate parental competence.


Each story is an example of unthinkable acts that are beyond the comprehension of human beings.  And of course, when it comes to information, please remember that knowledge is power!

Personal Comments

I say:

  • That POST PARTUM DEPRESSION is a terrible illness.

The Point

I cannot fathom these stories of real life motherly acts of violence.  They cause me much alarm. Let’s stop the harm to the children and the grief to the mothers and their families.


Everyone and women in particular, need to:

  1. Learn about POST PARTUM DEPRESSION and contribute to the prevention of this tragedy.

Let’s talk … about Post Partum Depression! This post is my contribution to the conversation. I would appreciate hearing what you think and have to say!

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours?*
Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.
“Books are life; and they make life better!*”

PREVIEW (Tentatively scheduled for Monday, May 27th 2013): Psst! … Summer is just about here. You know what that means: Outdoors and sun, beach and sand, etc. But it’s not only fun and games. It’s also about serious shopping of the female kind. I’m speaking  about a lady buying summer attire, particularly the right bathing suit & cover-up (e.g., bikini, one piece, etc.) I think that you all would agree with me that this can be sheer agony!  And buying proper suncreen can also be difficult. Let’s share notes. I’ll go first. See you next week in this space.  (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on women’s issues.)  

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POST PARTUM DEPRESSION: Symptoms, treatment, screening, scale, guidelines, support, onset – I need to speak out!*

Vol. 4, No. 7, Monday, May 13th 2013

TITLE: “POST PARTUM DEPRESSION: Symptoms,  treatment, screening, scale, guidelines, support, onset – I need to speak out!*”


Since we just celebrated Mother’s Day and motherhood is on my mind, I thought that I would consider the important subject of Post Partum Depression.  Therefore, my book of the week is “Beyond the Blues: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Post Partum Depression” [Paperback] by Shoshana S., Ph.D. Bennett (Author), Pec Indman (Author) (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on women’s issues.)


My View: After giving birth, a mother’s body has gone through a traumatic experience. This is a time when a mother should be excited about a new born baby. But this period is very hard on her. Unfortunately, there is little time to enjoy this experience – she’s busy breast feeding around the clock and she gets limited hours of sleep. Post Partum Depression just adds to the stress. A feeling of being out of control and isolation takes over.

This is one of the common forms of depression for women In certain situations, it  can affect the mother and child bonding. Post Partum Depression should be addressed quickly. In many instances, it gets cured on its own.

My Mother: My Mom gave birth to my brother eleven months after giving birth to me.  Although she spoke about this when the subject came up, she never complained how difficult it must have been.

Motherhood: My first pregnancy was a very difficult experience as I was having fraternal twins.  Unfortunately the second twin had complications and died.  Not only did I have Post Partum Depression, but I was also grieving the death of my second twin. It took me over a year before I started to feel myself again.

Real life story: I remember hearing a story about a gentleman. After the birth of their son, his wife began suffering from Post Partum Depression. One day, he got an urgent call informing him that his wife had jumped off the balcony to her death.  It was so sad!

Next generation mothers: After my daughter gave birth to her children, she was exhausted in the first few months, but stuck to a schedule and this seemed to help her.

THE AUTHOR: Shoshana S., Ph.D. Bennett (Author), Pec Indman (Author) 

Shoshana Bennett, Ph.D. (“Dr. Shosh”) from the popular Radio Show has  earned three teaching credentials, two masters degrees, a Ph.D. and is licensed as a clinical psychologist. She is a pioneer in the field. Surviving two life-threatening, undiagnosed Post Partum Depressions, she founded Post Partum Assistance for Mothers in 1987. She is a former president of Post Partum Support International.

She has helped over 19,000 women worldwide through individual consultations, support groups and wellness seminars. As a noted guest lecturer and keynote speaker, Dr. Shosh travels throughout the US and abroad, training medical and mental health professionals to assess and treat Post Partum Depression and related mood and anxiety disorder.

She is the author of Pregnant on Prozac, Postpartum Depression For Dummies, and co-author of Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression & Anxiety. National TV shows including “20/20” and “The Doctors” feature Dr. Shosh as the postpartum expert and news stations consult her.

Dr. Shosh has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News. She is interviewed regularly on national radio and has been quoted in dozens of newspapers and magazines such as The Wall Street Journal, WebMD, Boston Globe, Fit Pregnancy, Glamour, Parenting, Psychology Today, New York Post, Self, Cosmopolitan, and the Chicago Tribune.



Several are:

Beyond the Blues: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression by Shoshana S., Ph.D. Bennett and Pec Indman (Jul 2003)

Beyond the Blues: Prenatal and Postpartum Depression, a Treatment Manual by Shoshana S., Ph.D. Bennett (Feb 2002)

THE BOOK: Beyond the Blues: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression [Paperback] by Shoshana S., Ph.D. Bennett (Author), Pec Indman (Author) 

Beyond the Blues contains the most up-to-date information about risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mood disorders in pregnancy and postpartum. Straightforward yet compassionate, it is required reading for all who work with pregnant and post partum women, as well as for those suffering before or after the baby is born.


Post Partum Depression is a very serious issue. Both the mother and her child are at risk. Please listen up!

Personal Comments

I say:

  • That Post Partum Depression occurs more often than usually thought;
  • That with time, this condition usually will pass;
  • That greater understanding of this condition will bring comfort to all mothers;
  • That while women are generally more aware of Post Partum Depression , there are those still in the dark about this condition;
  • That after giving birth, a mother needs to be healthy mentally and physically, since caring for a baby can be very demanding on her;
  • That there now is medical assistance and medication available for Post Partum Depression; and
  • That having a supportive husband does make a difference!

The Point

Women everywhere, young and old, need to become informed and get up to date information about Post Partum Depression and care … before it’s too late!


  1. Be aware that Post Partum Depression could happen after a pregnancy
  2. Recognize the signs of Post Partum Depression – several are:
  • Loss of appetite
  • Extreme fatigue
  • No joy
  • Sadness
  • Anger
  • Mood swings
  • Thoughts of harming your baby or yourself
  • Keeping to yourself and keeping away from everyone

3.     Be proactive and

  • Set aside time for yourself each day, even if it’s only 30 minutes
  • Pamper yourself for a few hours – get a pedicure, a manicure, a facial, etc.
  • Accept help, if offered, by a family member
  • Do physical activities such as aerobic exercises, yoga, pilates or a stretching regimen every day
  • Have a schedule for the bab
  • Make sure you’re bonding with the baby

4.  Explain how you’re feeling to your husband and ask for his help- it’s important for him to know what you’re feeling – that’s the first step to his becoming supportive.

5.  Talk about your symptoms with family and friends

6.  Seek assistance, if feeling overwhelmed, especially if the symptoms persists.

Let’s talk…about Post Partum Depression! This post is my contribution to the conversation. I would appreciate hearing what you think and have to say!

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours?*
Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.
“Books are life; and they make life better!*”

PREVIEW: (tentatively scheduled for May 20th 2013): Post Partum Depression Volume II. I’m not all talked out. I have even more great information. Come by and become even more informed. (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on women’s issues.)

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S & R* QUOTE #1: Antoinette La Posta

” It’s important to make mothers and expectant mothers aware of the problem of Post Partum Depression.”

For today, my word/phrase(s) are: “postpartum Depression”;

“Postpartum Depression (PPD), also called postnatal Depression, is a type of clinical Depression which can affect women, and less frequently men, typically after childbirth.”(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –


“Age at first birth and the educational attainment of new mothers have changed over time. Data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) show that the mean (average) age at first birth increased 3.6 years from 1970 to 2007, from 21.4 to 25.0 years.7 The percentage of first births that were to women aged 35 and over increased nearly eight times between 1970 and 2006, from 1 percent to 8 percent. At the same time, the percentage of first births that were to women under 20 years of age dropped from 36 percent to 21 percent. Although not available by birth order, educational attainment among all mothers has also increased since 1970. In 2007, 24 percent of mothers had completed a bachelor’s degree or more, compared with 9 percent in 1970.”


“Symptoms of PPD can occur anytime in the first year postpartum.[6] These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Sadness[6]
  • Hopelessness[6]
  • Low self-esteem[6]
  • Feeling less loved by partner
  • Guilt[6]
  • A feeling of being overwhelmed
  • Sleep and eating disturbances[6]
  • Inability to be comforted[6]
  • Exhaustion[6]
  • Emptiness[6]
  • Anhedonia[6]
  • Social withdrawal[6]
  • Low or no energy[6]
  • Becoming easily frustrated[6]
  • Feeling inadequate in taking care of the baby[6]
  • Impaired speech and writing
  • Spells of anger towards others
  • Increased anxiety or panic attacks
  • Decreased sex drive – see Sex after pregnancy

Attachment study

“A study by Edhborg on mother-child attachment looked at 45 randomly selected mother-child pairs. These pairs were chosen using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale[27] (EPDS) form, measuring postpartum Depression in the community. 326 women returned the form and of the 326, 24 scoring above twelve were recruited and 21 women scoring less than nine were recruited. A score above twelve is considered “potentially depressed” and a score of less than nine is considered to have no form of Depression. The 45 mother-child pairs were videotaped, in their homes, for five minutes in three different situations. Mother and child were first put in a room with a standard set of toys, to represent a control play. In the second situation, mother and child were allowed to play freely in an average toy room. In the third situation, the mother was asked to leave the room as if she had to check on something, like she would regularly do in their home environment, and then return.” (Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia)


S & R*NEWS ALERT*#1: Talking saves lives for those with eating disorders

“Public announcements regarding the numbers of people suffering from debilitating Depression, anxiety, phobias and so on seem to be on the increase. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association (, one in five Canadians will experience a mental illness, with one in 12 experiencing an anxiety disorder. One might begin to question the research on which these astonishing numbers are based.

The explanation is simple, suggests Suzanne Phillips, program co-ordinator of the National Eating Disorder Information Centre ( NEDIC oversees the national hotline that is often the first port of call for those concerned about having an eating disorder the mental disorder cited by experts as having the highest mortality rate at 18 – 20%.

The stigma of mental health challenges is finally being addressed, she says. There is greater awareness among educators, health practitioners and parents. Individuals are more likely to self-identify their condition. Better screening, identification and treatment options have led to help for more individuals with these troubles.

Talking saves lives, says Jenni Morrow, unconsciously mimicking the slogan on a NEDIC poster that encourages individuals to break the silence around their eating problems. After a suicide attempt (which is common among individuals with eating disorders) Morrow’s 33-year-old daughter, Kaelie, admitted her mental anguish and her struggles to cope through focusing on controlling her food and weight to her mom. Now in treatment, Kaelie confirms that reaching out for help takes courage.

It’s still not easy to step up and say that you have a problem, especially an eating disorder, Morrow points out. Research shows that a high percentage of both the general public and health practitioners still see this as a self-inflicted problem that the individual can ‘just get over’.

But it’s worth it, she concludes, as not getting the treatment that one needs can lead to serious physical and emotional problems, all of which impact school, work and relationships.”

S & R*NEWS ALERT*#2: What you need to know about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

“Who hasn’t joked about misplaced keys or a forgotten word being the onset of Alzheimer’s disease? Don’t kid yourself. Alzheimer’s disease is a serious condition that will affect 1.4 million Canadians within the next 20 years, more than double today’s figure.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. The term dementia generally refers to a group of brain disorders that are progressive and degenerative – and eventually fatal. It interferes with a person’s ability to remember, think and process information.

The disease progresses differently in each person but will gradually make it increasingly difficult for a person to care for themselves and perform tasks or activities previously taken for granted.

Dementia is not a normal part of aging. It can affect people as young as 40, but the risk doubles every five years after age 65.

Some forms of dementia can be treated, even reversed. These forms result from medical conditions such as an infection or the side-effects of medication. But most types, including Alzheimer’s disease, are still incurable.

A diagnosis doesn’t mean a person has to change their daily routine or stop working immediately. But diagnosis is essential for getting the right treatment and support which will help people live more fully longer and will allow families to plan for future needs.

More information is available online at


Top 10 signs of dementia

According to a 2011 Alzheimer Society poll, 50 per cent of Canadian baby boomers identified memory loss as the only sign of Alzheimer’s disease, while a quarter couldn’t name any sign. Do you know the symptoms? Changes in behaviour and personality can also indicate the beginnings of the disease. Recognizing these signs is important for getting a diagnosis and to make the most of the available support and treatments:

·        Memory loss – forgetting recent events or difficulty retaining new information

·        Difficulty performing familiar tasks – preparing a meal or shopping

·        Language problems – finding the right words or using inappropriate words

·        Disorientation – getting lost on the way to work or being confused about the time of day

·        Poor or decreased judgment – neglecting personal hygiene or safety

·        Problems with abstract thinking – difficulty balancing a cheque book or not understanding what the numbers mean

·        Misplacing things – putting things in odd places like storing an iron in the fridge

·        Behavioural changes – sharp mood swings, from calm to tears to Depression that are hard to explain

·        Personality changes – becoming unusually withdrawn, suspicious or anxious

·        Loss of initiative – withdrawing from friends and family and losing interest in activities

If you’re concerned about dementia for yourself or someone you care about, there are many people who can help you, including your family and friends and community resources. Your local Alzheimer Society offers free counseling and many other services to help you live well with dementia now and throughout its progression. More information is available online at “

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Vol. 4,  No.6, May 6th, 2013


In my book, MOMS are VIPs – very important people. This is why we have Mother’s Day!. And since it’s almost here, my topic is Mothers’ Day. My book of the week is: “The Mother’s Day Companion” [Paperback] by Martin H. Rots (Author).  (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on holidays and special dates.) 


Today is Mothers’ Day. It brings to mind a real life family story of about eight years ago. I want to share it with you. It was Mothers’ Day and my daughters invited my Mom and me for supper at a restaurant.  When my mother got the invitation, she asked if my father was invited as well. My daughters replied that it would only be the girls.  When we arrived at the restaurant, my daughter’s fiancée greeted us at the door and led us to the table.  There, his parents, brother and grandmother were seated, chatting and drinking wine.  We sat down and joined the conversation.  My mother was very quiet the entire evening.  When I drove her home, she asked me why the men were there when she was told it was only for the girls.  I explained that a possible reason was because of their mothers.  The next day, I went to visit my parents.  My mother didn’t waste any time before she told me that the next time she would be invited, she would not accept the invitation unless my father was also invited.  She continued to explain that she was sad because she had to leave my father behind. Not only did he have to take his dinner by himself, but he also spent the entire evening alone.  My first thought was WOW – this is a successful marriage.  Unfortunately, my father passed away the following year and there wasn’t an opportunity to do another Mothers’ Day evening dinner, this time inviting my Dad as well. As a result, this story is bitter sweet for me.

Mothers’ Day 2011 started with my visiting a greeting card store earlier in the week.  I found a perfect card – I always look for one that is sentimental.  

Today, I celebrated the day. I also want to share some of the moments and the sentiments.
In the morning, we finished noting our personal wishes on my mother’s card. I went to church and the priest talked about mothers; he said that mothers are very important and he spoke about the Blessed Virgin Mary – she played a major role in the life of Jesus.

We were invited for lunch at the home of my eldest daughter.  A few months ago, she gave birth to her second child. She is a wonderful wife. She is a terrific Mom. She gives those kids 100 percent – her priority is her family. She wants the best for her children. She protects them. For example, she considers what they eat and what they watch on television. She is a GREAT Mom!

We were on time. Both my daughters greeted us. (By the way, my youngest daughter is sooooooooooooooo maternal – she is going to be a great Mom as well!) I was handed a card with beautiful words, a bouquet of yellow roses and also a gift. What a wonderful gesture! We sat down to a tasty BBQ lunch along with my son-in-law’s mother and  father also his brother and sister-in -law. More flowers and gifts were exchanged. My daughter – the hostess baked a cake from scratch. It was a vanilla cake with lemon creme and coconut. It got rave reviews. As a mother, I felt extremely proud.

At mid- afternoon, I went to visit my mother. I had already delivered a chocolate Black Forest type cake the day before. I gave her the card along with a gift. She was appreciative of everything especially the visit. The cake was taken out- it was a great hit. So you see, we were very caked out!

Mother’s Day Update 2013

I’m thinking about this year’s Mother’s Day, which is nearly here. Honestly, it’s bitter sweet.

My Mother: On one hand, it’s a day of sadness as I lost my Mom a few years ago. You see my Mom was my best friend. She was my No. 1 advisor. (Oh by the way, she was also my top source of family gossip – She kept me up to date with the comings and goings of relatives. This is the way I used to stay connected.) I miss her terribly. She was also the core of the family … the glue …she brought us all together. Since her passing, my siblings and I enjoy some happy times together, but, it’s not the same.

Personal story: On Mother’s Day in years past, when I attended church, I saw several older women weeping. I then still had my Mom. I did not really understand since their mothers had died long time ago. Now that my Mother has passed, I understand more. You never get used to the passing of your Mom – it’s such a loss.

Motherhood: On the other hand, it’s a happy day. I’m a mother and I’m so proud of my daughters. They have grown up to become fine young women. I so enjoy their visit on this occasion.

Grand motherhood: Now that I’m a “Nonna,” I also have great pleasure spending time with my darling grand kids. They’re such bundles of joy!

THE AUTHOR: Martin H. Rots 

Martin H. Rots (he goes by Marty) is a musician, author and blogger. He has a large collection of classic rock biographies. He founded Classic Rock Esoterica– it celebrates the  golden Rock Era of the sixties. For him, it starts with the arrival of the Beatles in America in February 1964 all the way to Woodstock in 1969. This website celebrates the music and the sub-culture.  He fondly remembers and treasures the youthful times growing up during those years.  He is a sensitive man. I like his tone.   
(Fact source:

Martin H Rots has written numerous blog posts. Check out 

Two books by Marty Rots are:
* The Woodstock Conspiracy
* The Mother’s Day Companion 

THE BOOK: The Mother’s Day Companion [Paperback] by Martin H. Rots (Author)

The Mother’s Day Companion is about …you guessed it – mothers. The author knows of whom he speaks. There is humour, sweetness and light. There is also dramatic tension from real life. It is like a encyclopedia of mothers, a variety of examples of motherhood. There are short profiles and stories about mothers, real and fictional.  The book is a balance of biographical extracts of notable women such as Rose Kennedy, Madonna and Hilary Clinton to name a few. Showing his age, he also writes about TV characters such as Harriet Nelson, June Cleaver,  Marie Cunningham and and Wilma Flintstone. He goes more current with Claire Huxtable and Peg Bundy. I admit that it is not a major work; but it is fun. Indeed, it is a great gift item. It will warm the hearts of mothers, particularly those in North America.


Mothers play the key role in a family. They do much for everybody. Mothers’ Day is important. First, it follows the commandment to honour one’s mother (and father).  Second, saying thank you in a special and meaningful way is a very satisfying gesture to a mother. I know. I am one.     

My personal comments

I want to remind you that you will not have your mother forever. You will then miss her dearly. Live the moments that you now can share. You will cherish the memories long afterwards.

The point

Being nice to your mother is good. Do it!

When it comes to your mother, everyone should: 
1. Think about her personality, qualities, unselfish acts, etc.; 
2. Be considerate of your mother and honour your mother today on Mothers’ Day and also everyday thereafter.

For more on mothers, and my suggested do’s and don’ts, please refer to ANTOINETTE’S TIP SHEET* at the end of the blog post entitled, “MOTHERS & DAUGHTERS – I ask: “Why the good, the bad and the ugly?” (Vol. 1,  No. 39, March 20th, 2011).

I think that it is great that Moms have their very own special day. Let’s enjoy it. We earned it! Happy Mothers Day to one and all.

Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.
And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours? *
“Books are life; and they make life better!*”

PREVIEW (Rescheduled- Now tentatively scheduled for Monday, May 13th, 2013): POST PARTUM DEPRESSION: Since Mother’s Day will be here soon, and before getting into the mood of the festivities, I thought that I would consider  the important subject of POST PARTEM DEPRESSION. Come by – I would love to have your feedback. (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on women’s issues)  

P.S. Big News: There are changes coming to my blog – Please stay tuned.

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S & R* QUOTE(S) OF THE WEEK*: Will Rogers

“Mother’s Day, it’s beautiful thought, but it’s somebody’s hurtin’ conscience that thought of the idea. It was someone who had neglected their mother for years, and then they figured out: I got to do something about Momma. And knowing Momma was that easy, they figured, “we’ll give her a day, and it will be all right with Momma.” Give her a day, and then in return Momma gives you the other 364. See?”
(Source: Wisdom Quotes) –

For today, my word/phrase(s) are: “Mothers`Day”.

Mothers’ Day

“The modern Mother’s Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, yet most commonly in March, April, or May as a day to honor mothers and motherhood.

Celebrations of mothers and motherhood occur throughout the world; many of these can be traced back to ancient festivals, like the Greek cult to Cybele or the Roman festival of Hilaria. The modern US-celebration of Mother’s Day is not directly related to these.[1][2][3]”

(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –

Bonus fact #1: Founding of Mothers`Day

“One of the early calls to celebrate a Mother’s Day in the United States was the “Mother’s Day Proclamation” by Julia Ward Howe. Written in 1870, it was a pacifist reaction to the carnage of the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War. The Proclamation was tied to Howe’s feminist belief that women had a responsibility to shape their societies at the political level.

In the years after the Mother’s Day Proclamation, Ann Jarvis founded five Mothers’ Day Work Clubs to improve sanitary and health conditions. In 1907, two years after Ann Jarvis’ death, her daughter Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother and began a campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday in the US. Although she was successful in 1914, she was already disappointed with its commericalization by the 1920s.”
(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –


“How Many Mothers
85.4 million
Estimated number of mothers in the United States in 2008.
Source: Survey of Income and Program Participation, 2008 Panel Wave 2, unpublished tabulations.

How Many Children
The total fertility rate or number of births in 2008 per woman in Utah (based on current birth rates by age), which led the nation. At the other end of the spectrum is Vermont, with a total fertility rate of 1.7 births per woman.
Source: National Center for Health Statistics <>

Moms Who’ve Recently Given Birth
4.13 million
Number of births registered in the United States in 2009. Of this number, 409,840 were to teens 15 to 19 and 7,934 to mothers 45 to 54.
Source: National Center for Health Statistics <>

Mothers Remembered
Number of florist establishments nationwide in 2008. The 89,741 employees in floral shops across our nation will be especially busy preparing, selling and delivering floral arrangements for Mother’s Day.
Source: County Business Patterns: 2008 <>
The flowers bought for mom have a good chance of having been grown in California. Among the 15 surveyed states, California was the leading provider of cut flowers in 2009, accounting for 75 percent of domestic flower production ($269 million out of $359 million at wholesale value) in those states. (The data pertain only to operations with sales greater than or equal to $100,000.)”
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service <>

(Souce: U.S. Census Bureau) –


S & R* NEWS ALERT* #1:  What mothers don’t want this Mother’s Day

“(NC)—Shopping for a great Mother’s Day gift? Forget the dollar store brooch. Drop the new broom. What mothers really don’t want is a gift that lacks thought and care. According to a new Ipsos Reid poll, conducted on behalf of the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, some of the worst gifts mothers have received for Mother’s Day include: extra–extra–large track pants, a chocolate bar and a magazine from the corner store, a vacuum cleaner attachment, gardening tools, an electric broom, a toaster, an old sewing machine, fast food delivery (fried chicken), a clock with the price tag still left on the bottom, dish cloths, a promise that was never fulfilled, an ironing board, a bad DVD, a frying pan, a soccer ball, plus–sized pajamas, a frog, and a card that said “you’re just like a mother”.

Giving a gift that helps those who are less fortunate is becoming a more popular form of gift giving and solves the problem of trying to get a perfect gift for someone who has everything they need or want. In fact, eight in ten mothers say they’d be ‘pleased’ if someone bought them a gift in their name from a charitable gift catalogue for Mother’s Day.

You can visit to purchase a gift in your mother’s name to help young girls and women in developing countries. For $25, you can give a female hygiene kit to a young girl. For $50, you can provide health education to pregnant women.

Honour mom and make a difference with a gift that really matters.” (

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #2: Ways to make your mother smile

“(NC)—The beloved tradition of dedicating a day to officially honour mothers and grandmothers started back in May of 1908 – and the yearly tradition has gained momentum every since. Every spring now, hundreds of countries, from Canada to Kenya to Kuwait, celebrate their own version of Mother’s Day.

“We know people are eager to find meaningful ways to express their love, as well as commemorate special memories together,” said Amber Bonnell, marketing manager for Pandora Canada, a jewellery icon around the world. “We often suggest a charm bracelet for Mom, with charms specially chosen to celebrate moments from the past year, such as giving birth, buying a new house, a child’s first day of school, a graduation, a wedding, the arrival of a grandchild, and more.”

The best–selling Pandora Moments Collection offers nine styles of bracelets and includes more than 800 handcrafted charms in sterling silver, 14K gold and two–tone. In honour of mothers and mother figures everywhere – and to commemorate the 10th anniversary of its charm bracelet – Pandora offers 10 little tips to celebrate them in the most meaningful way:

10 Wonderful Ways to Charm Her

1. Make a photo collage of her favourite memories with you and your family.

2. If she’s an avid reader, start a personal tradition. At the beginning of every month send each other books you’ve just finished. Or take it a step further and start a virtual book club: buy two copies of any book and schedule a time on Skype to talk about each one.

3. If buying a gift, show some thought for her individuality. Whether it’s selecting a favourite game, or TV show on DVD, or finding just the right charm to symbolize a special moment, give something to honour her interests.

4. Assemble a basket of her favourite things to ensure rest and relaxation. You might include magazines, slippers, a scented candle or even an iPod already programmed with selections she likes.

5. Make a mosaic using some of old dishes that are chipped or cracked. It’s a great way to keep a pattern or the colour of china she loves within the house.

6. Give flowers that last. Potted blooms can be re–planted in her garden and will last through the summer. Consider colourful “floral gems” like earrings, pendants and charms as an alternative to cut flowers.

7. Prepare a home–cooked meal with an old family recipe. Scan or type up her favourite recipe cards and bind them together to make a family cookbook.

8. Plan a DIY spa day for two. Plan some “do it yourself’ pampering with natural ingredients from her kitchen. Think about inviting friends and family to join in the fun.

9. If you live close to Mom, make a standing date with her to catch up. Mark the time for dinners or movies right on her calendar.

10. If you live far away, use Skype to connect distances in a more personal way. You can share afternoon tea or chat together over lunch.” (

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