Words From The Editor
By Sandi Tomlin-Sutker
What a glorious, resplendent spring it has been so far! This time of year I always get the urge to plant a garden that’s much too big for me to take care of … especially in the mid-summer heat! But I can’t help myself, taking after my mom and grandmothers as I do (along with my sisters and now my daughter).
Yes, those early maternal influences are strong, not to mention the genetic imperatives as well!
This month, we celebrate that connection, even when it is not, as Jeanne Charters (Funny, isn’t it?) and Clara Jones (Remembering a Powerful Mother) write, the most nurturing we could have wanted.
We begin this month with another in our series focused on Cherokee women: this time Marie Junaluska’s dedication in reviving her mother tongue and cultural identity.
Kristine Madera shows us ways to overcome the restrictions of stories we may have learned at our mother’s knee.
Janis Gingermountain entertains with a memoir and poem about her mother’s transition from a lighthearted Flapper to a more practical yet inspiring dreamer.
You’ll read about a support group, Mother Bear CAN, that helps families coping with mental illness; MAHEC’s presentation on eating disorders and how mothers influence their children on this issue.
You’ll be inspired by Priscilla Robinson Ndiaye’s story of her grandmother and mother’s strong influence and how that support flows now to the next two generations; Roberta Binder recounts how one mother struggled through the Cultural Revolution in China to educate herself and nourish her children in the midst of turmoil. Then read about a dynamic mother/daughter duo and how faith, love and guidance keep them working together in husband/father’s medical practice.
Of course, we have our regular columnists with a treasure trove of information, humor and expertise to offer. Building a healthy liver, organizing your closets, ideas to help your business thrive, how to convert a luscious chocolate cake to gluten and sugar-free … and much more!