Veterans Day Tribute: Thanking Our Veterans and Service Members

My Marine Son

As the mother of a U.S. Marine, and mother-in-law to a sailor in the U.S. Navy, Veterans Day has special meaning for me. Today, I would like to thank my son Ryan and my daughter-in-law Elizabeth for their service to our country--and extend that gratitude to all America's veterans and active duty service members.

From the mom's chair, I've had a close-up view of the very special strains and stresses encountered by our young people in service, and by the family members who support them as they serve.

Over the years, I've watched my son progress from recruit to Staff Sergeant, and held him close in my heart as he went through two overseas deployments.

On September 11, 2001, Ryan called me from his barracks before dawn to let me know his unit had been placed on high alert--and that call led to this writer's most-read, most-published piece of work: My Child, My Home, My Country: A Marine Mom Speaks. That essay still speaks for my feelings today.

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Organized Christmas Mentioned In Woman's Day Magazine!

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Organized Christmas editor Cynthia Ewer was interviewed about planning for the holiday season. Find our quotes on Page 40, as we weigh in on how to get organized for Christmas.

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Children's Holiday Treat: It's Perry's Christmas Adventure!

Cub Reporter Perry Bear EwerLooking for holiday fun for youngsters (and the young at heart)? Follow cub reporter Perry Bear on the trail of his special Santa, with Perry's Christmas Adventure!

A series of letters written by a traveling teddy bear, Perry's Christmas Adventure will post a new episode every day from December 15 through Christmas Day.

Follow Perry as he learns about Santa, makes a list, and travels to New York City to find his special Santa. Will the Ewer bear family have a visit from Santa Claus?

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Memories of Young Motherhood: Turkey Toodles and the Calico Cornucopia

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You have to give it to social networking: it can bring the most amazing and far-flung people back into your life!

The past couple of weeks, I've had the delight of regaining contact with my children's aunt Suzanne. Back in the day (total '70's: Earth shoes, disco and breastfeeding-as-radical-act), we were young mothers together. Married to a pair of brothers, we shared those years of early marriage and dishrag soup--but when divorce struck us both a few years later, we lost touch.

Hello, Facebook! We've had a glorious time, catching up on the trajectories of each other's lives. She's discovered that I'm an author, I've discovered that she's an artist, and we've brought each other up-to-date on the progress of our respective children and grand-children.

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