The book went on the virtual road, showing up on a blog tour near and far to spread the message of remembering and honoring our moms. (I’m picturing its itinerary on the back of a T-shirt.) It’s grown into a gorgeous and glorious bouquet of writing by folks whose words I admire. I hope you’ll take some time to visit them, read, leave a bloom of comment.
April 6, Colorado: Author, spiritual director and soon-to-be-mom Tara Owens lists the book in her monthly roundup.
April 9, Indiana: Writer/mother Ann Kroeker honors her writer/mother.
April 15, South Dakota: Writer Sheila Dailie does the hard and fruitful work of using the book to come to terms with a hard-to-love mother.
April 16, Oregon: Vickie Shaver of Walk Agape and I met at a campfire last year. Spoiler alert: I think my favorite thing in her post is the singing duet.
April 17, Manitoba, Canada: While there’s another Canadian citizen represented here, Karin Fendick is the first Canadian resident on the tour. She also offers the first poem, as she learns to walk without her mother.
April 21, Central Arkansas: A Greatest Hits from last year’s blog tour. Susan Heffern-Shelton wields the book as a secret weapon in gift-to-gift combat with her sister.
April 22, Iowa: In another Greatest Hits from last year’s tour, Jennifer Dukes Lee writes a loving and honest tribute to her mom in answer to the writing prompt, “Do you remember a time when your mother nursed you back to health?”
April 23, Michigan: Sandra Heska King remembers her mama’s playfulness, and lasting words of wisdom, from Christmases past.
April 24, Indiana: Charity Singleton Craig writes about a pivotal moment in her relationship with her mother, after she turned a defeat into a victory.
… and Maine: Sally Zaengle writes about the long goodbye with a mother who is slipping away through dementia.
April 25, California: Diana Trautwein writes a detail-rich poetic tribute to one of the most beautiful women she knows.
April 28, California: Dolly Lee, one of the most hospitable bloggers I know, asks me some good questions.
April 30, Nebraska: Michelle DeRusha takes a prompt with the book and runs with it. She also serves us cookies.
… and Texas: Megan Willome uses a mashup of my book and the young adult novel Divergent to learn some new things about her mother, and herself.
April 30, northwest Arkansas: The Motherlode recommends the book along with a novel that, judging by its cover, is a good read.
May 2, West Virginia: Laura Boggess lets love lead.
May 5, Tennessee: With her usual eye for detail, felicitous turn of phrase and generous heart, Lisa Taylor Phillips remembers how her mother stitched love into her sewing.
May 6, California: Sheila Seiler LaGrand calls the book “the one gift for moms that doesn’t draw my bitter tears” as she rummages in the memories of her mother’s nightstand.
May 7, Texas: Megan Willome returns with part 2 of the unlikely pairing of the book and the young adult novel Divergent to notice parallels in her mother and her daughter.
May 8, Nebraska: Deidra Riggs and I hang out, in my first online interview.
May 9, Washington, D.C.: I wrote an essay about my mom when I turned 50. It led to a book contract. Last year the book was published in April by Abingdon Press and the essay was published in December in the Iowa Review. Today … drum roll … “Fifty Things About My Mother” is republished in Slate.
… and Chicago: I just met Barbara Mahany in April and she is every bit as warm and friendly as her blog suggests. Here she writes her mother a richly detailed thank-you note.
… and Georgia: The lovely Amy Breitmann graciously receives a dandelion bouquet and other gifts her children have given her.
… and Texas: At the encouragement of Megan Willome, Jennifer Reck read the essay in Slate and came up with her own list of fifty things about her mother.
May 10, upstate New York: Anne Carlson Kennedy remembers her mother’s life through the object permanence of two of her mom’s possessions: her Bible and her piano.
and Chicago: It’s my inscription, “Remember well,” that gets Caryn Rivadeneira thinking about remembering well as an act of faith.
May 13, Maryland: When I was in grad school, working toward a master of fine arts degree in writing, personal computers were brand-new clunky things with teeny memory space. The Internet and email existed but the common folk weren’t using them yet. Blogs hadn’t been invented. But interest in the work of writing, and pleasure in connecting with writers, goes way back. Callie Feyen is earning an MFA, and she asked me some good questions. I’m glad we have the technology to easily display it now.
… and Seattle: In remembering things about her mother, Kimberlee Conway Ireton finds relief from the troubling tendency to blame one’s parents for one’s imperfections, and hope that her children will remember her as graciously.
Writing about mothers is in season all year ’round. Do you blog? Would you like to add your bloom to this collective bouquet? Contact me.