For Mother’s Day this year, we’ve asked men to pen a piece about the person who helped shape who they are today. While the truth that these exceptional individuals owe a lot from the woman who raised them might not be entirely earth-shattering, it definitely always bears repeating. When people say “age doesn’t matter,” they probably had the privilege and wonderment of meeting someone like my agile mother. When she was in her 60s, I took her rock climbing, and she did it with grace. Then I took her wakeboarding in her 70s, and she put to shame those who were half her age when she got up on her board on her first try. Just this May, we celebrated her 89th birthday. More amazing mothers: The woman who raised me: Illac Diaz on his mother Silvana Your sanity starts and ends with you (and other tips on traveling with your mother) The Last Good Senator: Eva Estrada Kalaw I was living in a man’s world and was okay with it—until my mother came along I … [Read more...] about The Woman Who Raised Me: Ernie Lopez on his mother Conchita
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By Sarah Murdoch Special to the Star Fri., May 10, 2019 A Mother’s Day gathering of five new books that take a look at moms in all their variety. What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence, edited by Michele Filgate This collection of 15 essays — 11 by women, four by men — concern the first person in our life: our mothers. Editor Michele Filgate begins with her own experience: what she and her mother don’t talk about is the fact that her mother chose her husband, Filgate’s stepfather, over her, by refusing to believe Filgate’s accusations of abuse. In the essays that follow, we meet all types of mothers — flawed, tortured, loving and loathed. Inevitably, reconciliation and forgiveness are major themes. The Changeling: A Memoir of My Death and Rebirth, My Haunted Childhood, and My Education in Sainthood and Sin, Gail Gallant On Aug. 15, 1955, an infant named Gail Gallant … [Read more...] about Arrivals: Five books for Mother’s Day
By Angela Charlton The Associated Press Thu., May 9, 2019 PARIS - One more funeral, one less witness to the world’s worst war. Bernard Dargols lived almost long enough to join the celebrations next month marking 75 years since the D-Day, 75 years since he waded onto Omaha Beach as an American soldier to help liberate France from the Nazis who persecuted his Jewish family. Just shy of his 99th birthday, Dargols died last week. To the strains of his beloved American jazz, he was laid to rest Thursday at France’s most famous cemetery, Pere Lachaise. An ever-smaller number of veterans will stand on Normandy’s shores on June 6 for D-Day’s 75th anniversary. Many will salute fallen comrades from their wheelchairs. As each year passes, more firsthand history is lost. Four weeks from now, U.S. President Donald Trump and other world leaders will pay homage to the more than 2 million American, British, Canadian and other Allied forces involved in the … [Read more...] about One by one, D-Day memories fade as war’s witnesses die
Roman wasn’t built in a day Lawyer Roman Romulo is so nationalistic that one of his first messages to the lady he was courting eight years ago — who now happens to be his wife — was, “Happy Independence Day!” “That was one of the first messages sent to me by Roman via text. It was the only Independence Day greeting I ever received in my life!” recalls the beauteous Shalani, who married Roman in 2012 after a whirlwind courtship. Still love-struck after all these years, Shalani is dutifully by Roman’s side as he campaigns for a seat in Congress, representing the lone district of Pasig. “Roman has his own brand of being unique and funny. He also has a quiet sense of confidence that I admire. He works hard but doesn’t like highlighting his accomplishments nor does he boast about them. Roman is a simple person but with a noble intention — to contribute in nation building,” says Shalani, who … [Read more...] about Roman wasn’t built in a day
By Kathryn Hudson The Kit Mon., April 29, 2019 I never know how often to wash my hair. I’ve read that it’s good to skip as many washes as possible, but my hair has a tendency to get quite limp after a day or two, maximum. I often resort to wearing it up or using dry shampoo to try to prolong my style, but I’m wondering if I should just wash it every day to freshen it up. Will that actually damage my hair? — Shelley, Oakville There is a good chance this question is also scrawled on the wall of a cave somewhere — painted in symbols by primitive man — because it seems like one of the most fundamental queries asked over and over again by humankind. (Perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration, but the topic does garner over 122 million hits when Googled online, so it seems clear we’re searching for an answer.) I, myself, engage in variations of this conversation several times a day. I have to carefully schedule when I … [Read more...] about Ask The Kit: Do I really need to wash my hair every day?