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Letters to My Younger Self: ‘Entering Susan in College’ — Love, Mom, 1972


To my surprise, her papers contained carbon copies of letters that she often wrote. What an amazing gift for me to find. I discovered one particular letter she wrote after delivering me to my college campus in 1972. At the time, my mother was 42 and I was the oldest of her three children, her first she saw off to college. The letter is typewritten on onion skin paper and dotted with white out. She never mailed it.
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Dr. Ford: The Family Vacation


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Dear Dr. Ford: Our family has spent a two-week summer vacation on the farm where my husband grew up in the Midwest since our children, now 16 and 14, were born. This year my daughters were ill behaved and snobbish in their behavior toward their loving extended family. My husband and I have not decided what to do about this situation yet and I thought I would write to you to ask for some guidance.

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Father’s Day: A Hallmark Holiday?


By Toni Myers

Early boosters of the day focused on the spiritual, patriarchal aspect. One pastor, Conrad Bluhm, saw a chance to “affirm the robust masculinity of Christianity” in a first Father’s Day sermon, adding that it was “the knighthood that never retreats . . . the heavy artillery by which God Almighty will storm the citadel of sin.”

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Dr. Pat


By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

We took this time to do what women do best: we had fun just catching up, admiring the amazing and truly beautiful collection of flowers in full bloom in the Botanical Garden, then finding a quiet table during the cocktail hour to reconnect.

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