My Mother, My Friend

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If you're wondering about the song titles for chapters titles, I found that as I wrote, these songs kept dancing about in my mind. All of them are songs I grew up with or that remind me of my relationship with my Mom. Her all-time favorite? "Moon River." Enjoy.  ~~ Mary

Introduction          Getting To Know You --  How to Begin

Conversation 1     I am Woman  -- Health and Sexuality

Conversation 2     Pennies from Heaven -- Money

Conversation 3     You Are So Beautiful -- Self Image & Beauty

Conversation 4     Some Enchanted Evening -- Romantic Intimacy & Men

Conversation 5     When You Walk Through a Storm -- Resolving Conflict

Conversation 6     Do You Want To Know A Secret? -- Family Secrets

Conversation 7     Show Me The Way To Go Home -- Aging

Conversation 8     Amazing Grace -- Spirituality

Conversation 9     The Rose -- Death & Dying

Conversation 10   Wind Beneath My Wings – Appreciation

Getting to Know You (Julie Andrews)
How to Begin
  • Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Marcy Shimoff, Jennifer Hawthorne. Health Communications, 1997

  • Stop Screaming at the Microwave: How to Connect Your Disconnected Life by Mary LoVerde, Fireside, 1998


Conversation 1
I am Woman (Helen Reddy)
Health & Sexuality


  • p. 37  Working Women's Healthcare Costs
    Survey done by Milliman & Robertson Inc., an actuarial company that sells guidelines to health insurance companies Copyright 1997, The New Republic Susan E. Reed, Is managed care unfair to women?: MISS TREATMENT. , The New Republic, 12-29-1997.
  • p. 45  World Health Organization Study
    “The Age of Anxiety.” Ann Elliott Cutting. Newsweek Special Issue – Health for Life, Spring/Summer 1999
  • p. 46  Depressive Symptoms
     FAQ website of the North American Menopause Society
  • P.47  Depression and Heart Attacks
    Laura Beil / Public Health Writer of the Dallas Morning News, Depression may be major heart risk factor: Massive study ranks it near smoking, high cholesterol. The Dallas Morning News, 11-17-1997, pp 6D.
  • p. 54  Be Part of a Loving Community
    Love & Survival. Dr. Dean Ornish. HarperCollins 1998. Chapter 2, pp. 43, 53


  • Dr. Nancy Snyderman's Guide to Good Health, Dr. Nancy Snyderman

  • The Silent Epidemic: The Truth About Women and Heart Disease, call the American Heart Association at 800-AHA-USA1

  • The Silent Passage, Gail Sheehy. Pocket Books, 1998.
    Excellent resource with helpful examples and research.

  • Strong Women Stay Young; Strong Women Stay Slim, Dr. Miriam Nelson – practical strength-building program that all women can benefit from.

  • Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, Dr. Christiane Northrup – absolutely the most thorough book on women’s health on the market. A health bible.


  • American Health

  •  Natural Health

  • Health

  • Women’s Health Wisdom Newsletter, Dr. Christiane Northrup – a monthly newsletter with the latest medical developments in women’s health.


Wellness Web Women’s Health Center



Conversation 2
     Pennies from Heaven (Frank Sinatra)


  • Nine Steps to Financial Freedom by Suze Orman

  • The Courage to Be Rich by Suze Orman

  • Prince Charming Isn’t Coming Anymore: How Women Get Smart About Money by Barbara Stanny

  • The Energy of Money: A Spiritual Guide to Financial and Personal Fulfillment by Maria Nemeth

  • Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Financially Responsible Children by Neale S. Godfrey


  • Modern Maturity
  • Working Woman Magazine

Websites     All of these sites are worth a bookmark!


Conversation 3
You are So Beautiful (Joe Cocker)
Self-Image and Beauty
  • The Beauty Myth, Naomi Wolf


Conversation 4 -
Some Enchanted Evening (Barbara Streisand)
Romantic Intimacy & Men


  • Chicken Soup for the Couples’ Soul: Stories about Love & Relationships by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Barbara De Angelis, and Mark and Chrissy Donnelly. Health Communications, 1999.

  • The Dance of Intimacy: A Woman's Guide to Courageous Acts of Change in Key Relationships by Harriet Lerner. HarperCollins, 1990. Anything by Harriet Lerner is Gold! 

  • Journey of the Heart: Intimate Relationship and the Path of Love by John Welwood. Harper Perennial, 1990.


Conversation 5 

When You Walk Through a Storm (Elvis Presley)
Resolving Conflict


  • Anger: The Misunderstood Emotion by Carol Tavris. Touchstone, 1989

  • The Dance of Anger: A Woman’s Guide to Changing The Patterns of Intimate Relationship by Harriet Lerner. Harper Perennial, 1989.

  • Tongue Fu!: How to Deflect, Disarm, and Defuse Any Very Conflict by Sam Horn. St. Martin’s 1996.

  • Why is Everyone So Cranky?: The Ten Trends That Are Making Us Angry and How We Can Find Peace of Mind Instead by C. Leslie Charles. Hyperion, 1999.


Conversation 6 
Do You Want To Know A Secret? (The Beatles)
Family Secrets


  • The Dance of Deception: A Guide to Authenticity & Truth-Telling in Women's Relationships by Harriet Lerner. HarperCollins, 1994. Illuminating and skill-building. My favorite of her books.

Support Services…


Conversation 7 
Show Me The Way To Go Home 
(Mitch Miller)


  • Celebrating Ourselves, A Crone Ritual Book by Edna Ward, editor.

  • The Fountain of Age by Betty Friedan. Simon & Schuster, 1993

  • Modern Maturity Magazine  

  • Necessary Losses: The Loves, Illusions, Dependencies and Impossible Expectations that All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Grow Up by Judith Viorst. Fawcett Books, 1993.

  • On Women Turning 60: Embracing the Age of Fulfillment by Kathleen Rountree. Harmony Books, 1997

  • On Women Turning 70: Honoring the Voices of Wisdom by Kathleen Rountree. Jossey-Bass, 1999. Both On Women… books are part of an inspiring series that include interviews and essays.


  • Ancient Mother by On Wings of song & Robert Gass. Spring Hill Music, 1993.

  • Fire Within by Libana. Ladyslipper, Inc. 1990.

  • The Music of Hildegard von Bingen. Angel Records, 1994.

Support Services
  • American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)   (800)-424-3410
    601 E. Street NW
    Washington, DC

  • Children of Aging Parents in Levittown, Pa.: 1-800-227-7294
    pamphlets available: ``Families Planning Ahead Checklist.”

  • Eldercare Locator
    Explore housing option for your elderly parents
    Provides referrals to local agencies that provide senior services.
    Administered by the U.S. Administration on Aging

  • National Council on Aging
    Very thorough site with many helpful links to other aging websites.


Conversation 8
Amazing Grace (Judy Collins)


  • The Bible, Torah, the Book of Mormon, Upanishads, or whatever testimony honors your religion or spiritual beliefs.

  • Gifts from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Vintage Books, 1955, 1978.

  • Intuition Workout by Nancy Rosanoff. Aslan Publishing, 1991.

  • Personal Power Through Awareness by Sanaya Roman. HJ Kramer, 1991.

  • Tender Mercies by Annie LaMott. Pantheon Books, 1999.

  • That’s Funny. You Don’t Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and Passionate Buddhist by Sylvia Boorstein. Harper San Francisco, 1997.

  • Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words by Friends of Peace Pilgrim. Ocean Tree Books, 1982.

  • The Prospering Power of Love by Catherine Ponder. DeVorss & Co., 1966.


  • Clarity: A Guideposts Publication for Women.
    39 Seminary Hill Road, Carmel, NY 10512.

  • Intuition Magazine  
    (415) 538-8171 

  • Body & Soul Magazine
    (740) 375-2332
    PO Box 1949, 
    Marion OH, 43305-1949


  • Ancient Mother by On Wings of Song & Robert Gass.

  • The Heritage Collection by Lori Lines.

  • Path by Wyndham Hill Artists.

  • Vision: The Music of Hildegard Von Bingen.


  • The Oprah Winfrey Show

  • Beloved

  • Phenomenon

  • Resurrection (with Ellen Burstyn)

  • Sister Act I & II

  • Song of Bernadette



Conversation 9
The Rose (Bette Midler)
Death & Dying


  • Losing a Parent: Passage to a New Way of Living by Alexandra Kennedy.

  • Motherless Daughters by Hope Edelman

  • The Wheel of Life: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and Todd Gold.

  • How to Survive the Loss of a Love by Melba Colgrove, Ph.D., Harold H. Bloomfield, M.D., and Peter McWilliams.

  • The Courage to Laugh: Humor, Hope, and Healing in the Face of Death and Dying by Allen Klein.


  • Classical music by Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Saint Saens

  • Sand & Water by Beth Chapman      Absolutely BEAUTIFUL lyrics and melody. Don't miss this one.

  • Spectrum Suite by Stephen Halpern

  • Bereavement music by Paul Alexander   


    Very helpful website that highlights workshops, articles, and books by a leading grief therapist.

    An extensive website that offers grief support, information, newsletters, legal help, and articles on death and dying

    An online community that offers hospice-related information available on the Internet, along with articles and comprehensive book reviews.


Conversation 10
Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Midler)


  • Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul : 101 Stories to Open the Hearts and Rekindle the Spirits of Mothers
    by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Marci Shimoff, Jennifer Hawthorne     Story  included by Mary Marcdante -- "Squeeze My Hand and I'll Tell You That I Love You."

  • Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul 2 : 101 More Stories to Open the Hearts and Rekindle the Spirits of Mothers
    by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Marci Shimoff, Carol Kline     Story by Mary Marcdante included -- "I'm Right Here with You Honey."

  • Touching Tomorrow : How to Interview Your Loved Ones to Capture a Lifetime of Memories on Video or Audio by Mary Lo Verde



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