Thursday, May 22, 2008


I am searching for heartfelt and inspirational stories about mother-daughter relationships, stories that share wisdom and teach important moral and life lessons, stories from which daughters and moms might derive hope and guidance after reading them.

What did you learn from this unique parent-child relationship, how it has changed over the years, how you two dealt with conflict, etc? The stories can be about good or bad times, as long as the result is something others can learn from. There are no format or length requirements.

For more information about submitting your story, please visit my website,, and click the red corner on the home page, just beneath the “Projects” tab.

I’m also conducting recorded telephone interviews for those who prefer to tell rather than write their story. Just send me an email with your phone number and dates/times you are available. Interviews typically last 30-45 minutes.

If you’d like to submit a daughter-mom photo to display on this blog, please email it to

If this is your first visit to my blog, please read the Frequently Asked Questions posted on March 20, 2008.

The deadline for submitting your story or participating in an interview is August 1, 2008.

Now on to today’s post~

Sidney had this to say about her beloved but departed mom:

“The greatest tribute we have since given her is our own families. My six sisters and I feel it our greatest gift of life to have had the luxury to all be "stay at home" Mothers. Between us we have raised 58 children. Not a bad one in the bunch!” Wow.

I am working diligently to finish the first draft of Mom’s Little Angel in the next ten days so am not taking much time to write for this blog right now. For that reason I will be posting some old material for a few days, beginning with this portion of an interview I participated in last year as Daddy’s Little Girl was getting ready for press:

1. Name the two people—living or dead—you would most like to invite to dinner at your house. What would you discuss?

Benjamin Franklin and Pablo Picasso. They both changed the way people look at the world. I’d like to know what was on their minds when they began to realize the impact and reach of their labors.

2. Of the seven deadly sins (pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed, and sloth) which one is the hardest for you to resist?

Gluttony – I’m a fool for foie gras, traditional Japanese sushi, Shiraz, and my wife.

3. If you could live in another time and place, where and when would that be?

In Independence Hall, in Philadelphia in 1776. What it must have been like to change the world with the simple signing of your name.

4. Who is your oldest friend?

If you mean oldest in duration, then my cousin, Jeff, who is ten days older than me. We began life living next door to one another. If “oldest” is as in old fart, then my dad, who is 72. We share the same birthday.

5. What do you consider to be your first piece of writing?

My dissertation, wherein I concluded women are more powerful in relationships than men. Just the other night while watching Dr. Phil (my wife’s decision) Jill said:

“You’re the head of our household.”
“I don’t rule over you,” I responded.
“Exactly,” she said, “that’s why I let you be in charge.”

See what I mean?

6. What do you find most rewarding about being an author?

It gives me the opportunity to be at home with the girls after school and all summer. Of course sometimes that’s a pain in the butt, too.

Well, I guess that’s enough for today. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Now go out and hug somebody!

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