mother http://wamc.org en "Rescuing Julia Twice" By Tina Traster http://wamc.org/post/rescuing-julia-twice-tina-traster <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In her new book, <em>Rescuing Julia Twice</em>, <a href="http://www.juliaandme.com/">Tina Traster</a> tells foreign-adoption story - from dealing with the bleak landscape and inscrutable adoption handlers in Siberia, to her feelings of inexperience and ambivalence at being a new mother in her early forties, to her growing realization over months then years that something was “not quite right” with her daughter, Julia, who remained cold and emotionally detached.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 92969 at http://wamc.org "Rescuing Julia Twice" By Tina Traster Swoosie Kurtz http://wamc.org/post/swoosie-kurtz <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In <em>Part Swan, Part Goose: An Uncommon Memoir of Womanhood, Work, and Family</em>, Swoosie Kurtz shares just the right combination of personal misadventure and showbiz lore, candidly reflecting on the right choices that empowered her, the wrong choices that enlightened her, and the intimate journey of caring for an aging parent.</p><p>Animating this remarkable memoir is Swoosie’s relationship with her equally remarkable parents. Her father, Frank, was an Olympic athlete and highly decorated World War II airman. He flew a record number of missions in a cobbled-together B-17D called the Swoose. Her mother, Margo, was the quintessential military wife but with the spunk and will to match her husband’s. Her 1945 memoir, <em>My Rival, the Sky</em>, chronicled their lives up to the time of the birth of their daughter.</p><p>Today, Margo, who is fast approaching her hundredth birthday, lives with Swoosie. And Swoosie’s life has become a precarious and precious balancing act as she struggles to stay ahead of her mother’s increasing needs while navigating a showbiz career that keeps one foot in Hollywood and the other on Broadway.</p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90087 at http://wamc.org Swoosie Kurtz Listener Essay - Mother's Day Retort http://wamc.org/post/listener-essay-mothers-day-retort <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Kate Cohen is a writer and editor in Albany, New York. You can find more of her work at <a href="http://www.katecohen.net">katecohen.net</a>.</p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 15:25:00 +0000 Kate Cohen 90044 at http://wamc.org Ideas Matter - Representations Of Women And Motherhood In Film http://wamc.org/post/ideas-matter-representations-women-and-motherhood-film <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This Sunday is Mother’s Day and today in our <a href="http://wamc.org/term/ideas-matter"><em>Ideas Matter</em></a> segment, we’ll learn about representations of women and motherhood in film from Dr. Jennifer Creech, she served as a panelist a recent New York State Humanities Council-funded film series, <a href="http://www.nyhumanities.org/events/event.php?event_id=6648">"Celebrating Women of Courage and Character"</a> at Rochester's Little Theater Film Society.</p><p>Professor Creech received her Ph.D. in Germanic Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2006. She is an Assistant Professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages &amp; Cultures at the University of Rochester and is an Affiliate Faculty member in the Film &amp; Media Studies Program and the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Women's Studies.</p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90041 at http://wamc.org Ideas Matter - Representations Of Women And Motherhood In Film Lori Duron On Raising A Gender Creative Son http://wamc.org/post/lori-duron-raising-gender-creative-son <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0770437729/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0770437729&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0770437729" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /></em> is Lori Duron’s poignant memoir of her adventures in raising a gender creative child. The book comes from Lori’s <a href="http://www.raisingmyrainbow.com/">popular blog</a> of the same name.</p><p><em>Raising My Rainbow </em>is the story of her family as they navigate the often challenging but never dull privilege of raising a slightly effeminate, possibly gay, totally fabulous son.</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 75746 at http://wamc.org Lori Duron On Raising A Gender Creative Son "Nurturing Healing Love: A Mother’s Journey Of Hope & Forgiveness" By Scarlett Lewis http://wamc.org/post/nurturing-healing-love-mother-s-journey-hope-forgiveness-scarlett-lewis <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On December 14, 2012, Scarlett Lewis experienced something that no parent should ever have to endure: she lost her son Jesse in an act of unimaginable violence. The day started just like any other, but when a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Scarlett’s life changed forever.</span></p><p>Following Jesse’s death, Scarlett went on an unexpected journey, inspired by a simple three-word message he had scrawled on their kitchen chalkboard shortly before he died: Norurting Helin Love (Nurturing Healing Love). It was as if he knew just what his family would need in order to go on after this horrible tragedy.</p><p>**As mentioned in the interview posted here, J.T. Lewis' website is <a href="http://www.newtownhelpsrwanda.org/">newtownhelpsrwanda.org</a>.**</p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 79723 at http://wamc.org "Nurturing Healing Love: A Mother’s Journey Of Hope & Forgiveness" By Scarlett Lewis "The Geography of Memory: A Pilgrimage Through Alzheimer's" By Jeanne Murray Walker http://wamc.org/post/geography-memory-pilgrimage-through-alzheimers-jeanne-murray-walker <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Award-winning poet Jeanne Murray Walker tells an extraordinarily wise, witty, and quietly wrenching tale of her mother&#39;s long passage into dementia.</p><p>This powerful story explores parental love, profound grief, and the unexpected consolation of memory.</p><p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 74808 at http://wamc.org "The Geography of Memory: A Pilgrimage Through Alzheimer's" By Jeanne Murray Walker Documentary Feature "Breastmilk" Screening At The Woodstock Film Festival http://wamc.org/post/documentary-feature-breastmilk-screening-woodstock-film-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The documentary feature film, <a href="http://www.vimeo.com/68418128">Breastmilk</a> is screening as part of the upcoming <a href="http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com">Woodstock Film Festival</a>.</p><p>Despite endless research on the benefits of breastfeeding, the stigma surrounding the natural practice has led to a new world of motherhood where maternity confronts sexuality and naturalists are confront a culture of baby formula, breast pumps and skepticism.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The film features a wide range of frank and revealing interviews with breastfeeding women as they addresses the many questions around breast milk. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">First time director/producer Dana Ben-Ari joins us now to talk about her experience making the film.</span></p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 15:50:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 73805 at http://wamc.org Documentary Feature "Breastmilk" Screening At The Woodstock Film Festival "Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story" by Carol Burnett http://wamc.org/post/carrie-and-me-mother-daughter-love-story-carol-burnett <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This segment begins with audio from an episode of the 1980s television series, <em>Fame</em>. In the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOaZKBPCKnI">clip</a>, Carol Burnett performs with the eldest of her three daughters, Carrie. &nbsp;Carrie was a series regular and Carol joined the program as a guest star.</p><p>In 2002 - at the age of 38 - Carrie died of cancer.&nbsp;</p><p>The new book, <em>Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story</em> is Carol Burnett’s poignant tribute to her late daughter and a funny and moving memoir about mothering an extraordinary young woman through the struggles and triumphs of her life. Sharing her personal diary entries, photographs, and correspondence, Carol traces the journey she and Carrie took through some of life’s toughest challenges.</p><p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 64242 at http://wamc.org "Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story" by Carol Burnett "The Spark" by Kristine Barnett http://wamc.org/post/spark-kristine-barnett <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Kristine Barnett’s son Jacob has an IQ higher than Einstein’s, a photographic memory, and he taught himself calculus in two weeks.</p><p>But the story of Kristine’s journey with Jake is all the more remarkable because his extraordinary mind was almost lost to autism.</p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:50:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 69427 at http://wamc.org "The Spark" by Kristine Barnett