April 22, 2012
The mother and daughter relax on a cushy sofa, laughing quietly as they speak of their unusual yet utterly normal life together. "Sometimes I get a little frustrated [with you], don't I, Talynn?" the mom asks. "Yes, but we always work it out," the 9-year-old replies, leaping onto Traci Lucien and applying a huge hug. "Nobody's taking my Mommy. She's tooken. We're together forever!" Talynn exclaims. It's an especially tender moment, considering the two met just two years ago. That was when Lucien, a single professional who was then 49, adopted Talynn (pronounced Tay-LINN )
January 27, 2012
By the time Jen Staab and Sam Hruz played in The Game for the first time, they knew all about the basketball rivalry between the Institute of Notre Dame and Mercy. They grew up hearing about the competition, the tradition and the school spirit surrounding what is as much an event as a basketball game, because their mothers also played in The Game, which will tip off for the 46th time Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Towson Center. "We talk about it all the time," said Hruz, a Mercy junior.
June 1, 2011
Just as the nation gets ready to celebrate Memorial Day, the 1729 Combat Sustainment Support Battalion of the Maryland National Guard, based in Havre de Grace, has shipped out for eventual deployment to Afghanistan. Unfortunately, it seems like just the latest in an all-too-long line of deployments of our brave volunteers to fight in what has become this nation's longest running conflict. And it won't be the last. More of our brave sons, fathers, mothers and daughters will be headed overseas and into harm's way in the coming months, even as there is every reason to believe the foreign campaign of the War on Terror is coming to an end. In modern history, World War II has become the gold standard for how to end a conflict.
November 15, 2009
The Horizon Councils and Women's Giving Circle of Howard County will host a mother-daughter workshop, "Mean Girls: Queen Bees, Gamma Girls and Surviving the Female Hierarchy," at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road. Workshop will give mothers and daughters the opportunity to discuss the social issues and peer pressures on girls. Free. Call 410-313-1950 for more information.
September 7, 2009
They say that the work of a parent is never done. It just changes. It is a truism that carries a lot of baggage for those of us who came of age in the era of professional motherhood, when their report card might as well have been our report card. When we were only as happy as our most unhappy child. Now those children are young adults, and those hyper-involved chickens have come home to roost, especially in the always-fraught relationship between mothers and daughters. In a new book, "Too Close for Comfort?"
May 7, 2009
Moms, it's your weekend. And if you're the kind who wants to spend it having fun with the family - instead of holed up solo with a glass of wine and a good book - there are plenty of kid-friendly activities to choose from around town. You can explore the outdoor beauty at Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton and take a free tour of art depicting the roles of women at the Walters. Help your kids make your Mother's Day gift (hey, at least that way you're sure to get one) at a local library. Take in a concert that explores the relationships between mothers and daughters.