This photo of a family dinner in 1959 ran in the Richmond Times Dispatch. At the time my mother (left) was a local fashion model. This "set up" shot (I'm sure I NEVER wore a party dress to a meal) was meant to glamorize my mother's life. She was a beautiful and kind women.
After her death in 1998 the children planted a rose garden in her name at Imperial Plaza in Richmond. Mother had worked there as the Resident Manager for the last ten years of her working life. The stone in the garden reads: "More than her beauty which was like the rose, was her goodness."
My love for her and my gratitude cannot be measured. I think of her every day. I love you, Mama
| The Lanyard (video)|
I share this link to hear Billy Collins read his memorable poem, The Lanyard.
The New York Times calls him the "most popular poet in America".
Listen to the poem here
I hope you'll take a moment and listen to the wonderful poem, The Lanyard. This link was provided by the ToDo Institute in Vermont.