In Praise 
of Mothers

Our mothers are our lifeline. They are there for us through thick and thin and everything in-between. And, if we’re lucky, they see us happily married with a family (didn’t happen with me, but my sister came through!). We do go through stages of thinking maybe she doesn’t know best, but in the end, she does, and that’s that! I lost my mother 11 years ago. I know I’m a lot like her – some good, some not so good – and I am very proud of it. She does live through me, and that comforts me.

Our May issue features the story of how our Mother’s Day holiday came into being. The story is really quite compelling. With Anna Jarvis’s help in making Mother’s Day a national holiday and Joyce Hallmark of Hallmark Cards’ expertise in commercializing it, Mother’s Day has been celebrated the second Sunday in May for more than 100 years. Our mother-daughter road trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Amish country is an ode to the simple pleasures of life, and our Mother’s Guide to Good Skincare will encourage all of us ladies to follow basic skincare regimens that address aging concerns. And, finally, there is the story of Vivian Clecak and her extraordinary 35-year effort to address horrific domestic violence through her efforts as founding CEO of Human Options. When I think of all the mothers who have seen a better life with their families through Human Options, I am in awe of this woman. She is a trailblazer!

Did you know the Newport Beach Tennis Club is celebrating 50 years? It’s a great story with a local salesman convincing a developer in the area to buy land for a tennis club. The result has been a vibrant, community-based club for which we can all be proud, even if we don’t play tennis! The story featuring a fabulous trip with an immersion into Spanish gastronomy will have your mouth watering, and the tribute to our veterans through the annual Newport Harbor Exchange Club’s Field of Honor on Memorial Day weekend will warm your heart. The 1,776 flags flying at Castaways Park alone will bring a tear to your eye.

In closing, may we bless our mothers, living or passed, and celebrate our freedoms on Memorial Day, thanks to the many who have sacrificed for it.

Until next time,

Donna Bunce, Editor