Sunday, May 12, 2013
How did Mother's Day get its start?
Mother's Day is Sunday, but what's the history of Mother's Day? When did it begin? Well, as a matter of fact, Mother's Day history begins with a holiday that did not even celebrate mothers as such. In medieval Europe, the fourth Sunday of Lent was a day set aside for people to honor the church where they were baptized, their “mother church,” by decorating it and making special offerings. But in England, in the 17th century, a church decree designated that day as Mothering Day, and proclaimed that it would be a day to honor one's human mother. It was a popular holiday because families were allowed to feast on that day, despite it's being in the middle of Lent. And at that feast, mothers were the guests of honor, who, in addition to visits …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
"It's hard to say," says author Peggy Drexler, "but our increasingly me-first world might have something to do with it."
Mother's Day is coming up this Sunday, but not every mom is pleased to carry the mantle. Some are even walking off the job. In an opinion piece on CNN.com, parenting author Peggy Drexler writes that "reports would seem to indicate that the number of moms who ... run away -- or at least walk away -- is increasing." Drexler cites an increase in the number of single fathers, and several anecdotal examples of mothers who simply took off: There's Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, who wrote in an essay for Salon.com that she realized, when her sons were 3 and 5 that she didn't want to be a full-time mother anymore. There are even support groups now for women who decide to leave their children. Why do some moms leave? Here's what Rizzuto says in the Salon …
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Sunday is Mother's Day. You can still get Mom a gift with help here.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Are you ready for Mother's Day? Many will celebrate their moms with lunch out, some will give mom the day off, many will buy Mom a gift. Sure, for a last-minute gift, Walmart may have something in a pinch, but Snellville has far more to offer. Here are some stores that are sure to please Mom. Got any gift ideas? Tell us in the comments below. A Daisy A Daisy Florist: What mother doesn't appreciate a beautiful bouquet of flowers? Despite being located in Snellville, Ga., this florist serves areas of Atlanta, Lilburn, Loganville and Lawrenceville, so call 770-972-3030, and give this -- or other local florists -- a try. Yankee Candle: There are more than 150 fragrances to chose from this candle maker, and it is considered the country's No. 1…
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Join us Monday to vote for your favorite local "staycation" destination.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Area Patch readers last week picked their favorite places for Mother's Day brunch. The winners were: Alpharetta-Milton: La Casa Italian Grill, 37 Old Roswell St., Alpharetta, GA 30009 Cumming: Foster House, 305 W Main St., Cumming, GA 30040 Duluth: Atlanta Marriott Gwinnett Place, 1775 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, GA 30096 Johns Creek: Rosa Mia Ristorante Italiano, 11730 Jones Bridge Road, Johns Creek, GA 30005 Lilburn: Killian Hall, 908 Killian Hill Road SW, Lilburn, GA 30047 Norcross: Norcross Station Cafe, 40 S Peachtree St., Norcross, GA 30071 Peachtree Corners: Grace 17.20, 5155 Peachtree Pkwy., Norcross, GA 30092 Roswell: Oak Street Cafe, 45 Oak St., Roswell, GA 30075 Snellville: Gary's Bistro, 1250 Scenic Hwy., Ste 1240, …
Friday, May 4, 2012
We have a new winner in this week's Readers' Choice poll: Gary's Bistro.
We have a new winner in this week's Readers' Choice poll, and the place voted to have the best Mother's Day brunch is Gary's Bistro. The restaurant located at the Avenue at Webb Ginn edged Provino's by one vote. As the winner, Gary's Bistro gets acknowledgement on Patch, as well as a certificate. Also in the poll were O'Charley's and Texas Roadhouse. Next up in our polls is the best local place to visit during a "staycation." If you have ideas, please post them.
Monday, April 30, 2012
A mother tells the story of her daughter, who served in the United States Air Force before dying of cancer this year.
Cynthia Hovey is wrestling with an unfailing and unfair truth: Children do, indeed, die before their parents. Today is her daughter's birthday. Michele would have been 32. Five weeks have passed since she died, and it may as well have been yesterday. Talking about Michele -- her only daughter -- is nothing short of agony, with both comfort and affliction coming to visit. "I can't believe she's gone," Hovey said, while rocking in a porch swing at the back of her Snellville home, a pack of cigarettes in hand. "I turn around, and either see stuff she gave me, or things that we used. I mean, she's everywhere." Hovey had hoped to repair a fractured relationship that plagued the pair for years. At the New Year, she'd written an email letter to …
Mother's Day is just around the corner. What are some of your favorite local spots?
Treating mom to brunch on her special day is a long-standing tradition. With Mother's Day coming up, our Readers' Choice poll this week is: Where's the best place to take your mom for that leisurely meal, if you can't cook it yourself? Here are the choices: Gary's Bistro Provino's O'Charley's Texas Roadhouse Please take a second and cast your vote in the poll below -- the winner gets a Readers' Choice certificate from Patch -- and tell us in the comments why it's your choice. Or click on the link to the business in the Snellville directory and write your own review. Voting ends at 9 a.m. Friday morning, May 4. We'll announce the winner at noon that day. See the pdf in the photos to read the rules of the contest. (Editor's Note: Because …
Monday, May 9, 2011
Sometimes the very best gifts are handmade.
Another Mother's Day has come and gone, and it’s hard to believe that five Mother's Days ago I was in labor, which gave me my very best Mother's Day gift of all. Our little Lilliana is growing up so fast. This year she was old enough to really make me her own gift. They made them in her preschool. She brought it home Friday tied up in a little bag. Her teacher told her not to tell us what it was and that we couldn’t open until Mothers’ Day. Can you imagine how hard that is for a 3-year-old? She didn’t tell me -- not a word. She did, however, ask me every morning and after every nap if it was Mother's Day yet. She asked a few random times during the day, too, just to be sure. She really couldn’t wait to give me her gift. On Sunday …
Friday, May 6, 2011
Mother's Day is this Sunday, but rather than dream of expensive gifts and flowers, I reminisce about the day I first became a mother.
Mother's Day, for me, isn't about the flowers, candy, gifts or cards, but it's about the day that I joined the ranks of every woman in time who plunged completely into a new calling in life--motherhood. Any mom will tell you that one of the silliest questions one can ask them is, "Do you remember the moment you became a mother for the first time?" I remember clearly. Vividly. It will remain etched in my heart and memory until the day my soul leaves this world. I don't remember the day I gave birth to my daughter only because of the pain of labor, although there was plenty of that, but also because it was a wondrous, spiritual experience. That day, almost five years ago, I participated in the miracle of bringing forth new life from my body …
Sunday, May 1, 2011
There's just one week left to decide what to get for Mother's Day.
Yikes. Mother's Day is around the corner, and if you're like a lot of other people then you haven't exactly figured out what to do. We've put together a Patch Picks selection of ideas for mom. None of these ideas will break your wallet. If you have a good idea, feel free to add it in the comments section. 1. Brunch: Sure, you can go to your moms's favorite restaurant, but you probably did that already for her birthday. Instead, think about cooking mom a brunch meal for her. This will not be expensive, and mom will thank you for repaying her for all the meals she's ever cooked for you. 2. Garden: If your mom has a garden, chances are she spends a lot of time out there. So, on Mother's Day, take a few hours and help her out by weeding, …