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Celebrating Mothers

I introduced my mother, the concentration camp survivor in a previous post. This is the second Mothers' Day for me without my mother. Although I miss her, I appreciate everyday the gifts she gave me of life, attitude and education.

In this post I want to celebrate and introduce you to two other mothers. One is Misty, our 18.5 year old siamese cat and mother of 5. We found out recently that birds like fur to add to their nests so we cleaned out Misty's brushes and created a little fur-stop near the bird feeder. Pictured here is a humming bird mother zooming off with some of Misty's fur, which has become quite popular with many of the birds that live near us. Misty's new nickname is, "Bird, Bed, Bath and Beyond". ;-)


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Thanks for the Creativity

First let me say I appreciate how creative, funny and thoughtful you all are!! Your responses were great and it really made it difficult to pick winners. 

And now the moment we've been waiting for, the winners of the FREE BOOK:

Mike Hay: Newsflash…further evdence of the credit crunch hitting the high street, even the mannequins are having to queue up for work…

Jose: These women represent not only women but humanity. Everyone tries hard to follow each other in the quest to be like each other…..beautiful, broken, etc….we all end up in the same line up in the end.

Steven Williamson: First, keep in mind that each of these are highly educated and sensitive girls that are standing in line to audition for remakes of the Robert Palmer videos of “Addicted to Love” and “Simply Irresistible.”

Ernie Baker: Republican hopefuls line up to interview to be Sarah Palin’s running mate in 2012. Said one, “I’d give my left arm to be VP!”

Zach Butts: "Jenny stood in the back of the line for the audition wondering if she had over-dressed."

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  MannequinsI spent this last summer in NYC taking care of my father after his four week hospitalization. To prevent him from driving, I would take him to work. Yes at 90 he works. He loves work. Work is who he is. Work is how he survived three concentration camps. He is an organizer. Even in the ghetto he went from a lowly laborer to the head of a factory in just a few months.  He came to this country with nothing and eventually opened up one of the biggest nightclubs in NYC that was right at the center of the disco craze in the early 70's. Now for fun, he manages a commercial office building with 7 retail stores on the ground floor and three more floors of offices for his former partner in the disco business. 

After dropping him off in the Bronx I would drive to one of the few Starbucks locations nearby. Along the way I passed these mannequins. I thought they would make for interesting pictures so I brought my camera the next day. Unfortunately the mannequins were gone. The following day they were still not to be seen. However, persistence and an addiction to Starbucks paid off in the end and there they were, lined up again. 

I found them very thought provoking, which is why I decided to share them with you. 

I thought of generalizations.

I thought of women chained to the world of fashion. Chained to body image types. (see the picture of chains on their legs)

I wondered what mannequins would be lining up to see? Maybe the latest fashions they'll be wearing this year?

Or perhaps they were on line to attend a seminar on how to double your income by just standing there. 

I would love to hear what thoughts they evoke for you. Take a look at the pictures and please come back here to comment.