Postcard from Up North, circa 1976

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The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. — Joseph Campbell

(A mother and her five children, at the marina in Harbor Springs. She has given each one of us the privilege of a lifetime: being who we are, and being hers.)

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  1. Greg says:

    When I read about your cooking and the recognition you give to your mom, it brings back all my childhood with my grandmother. Every word you write matches what my life was like. She was from Lebanan and had to move to the US (the whole Armenian thing and much to long to go into here)…. Would make a great movie.
    Food was the most important part of the visit. It took a crew to make the meals. The quote from John Campbell, ….everything seems like a similiar existance to myself. My grandmother passed away many years ago. She never left my mind or heard. Every time we eat lebenese we have come close to her cooking, but never, never any better.

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      Beautiful Greg! Thank you so much! Your grandmother and your family sound wonderful.

  2. Andrea says:

    Hey there Maureen! I was sent here by our mutual Aunt Pat Abood. 🙂 What an awesome photo!! I look forward to reading more on your blog. I’m Pat and Dewey Asher’s daughter. (My dad is Aunt Pat’s brother.) It’s nice to go online and see family! What are we…second cousins? Nice to see you!


    1. Maureen Abood says:

      Hello there Andrea! What a great connection–thanks so much for taking time to comment and I look forward to staying in touch here. Love Aunt Pat’s family…you’re all special!

  3. silvia windisch says:

    I love your pie recipe and it was perfect mothers day present.
    i follow quite new your blog and i just love it, as it makes me even more traveling .
    happy mothers day

  4. Betsy says:

    Happy Mother’s Day Mrs. Abood! Thanks for taking me in as part of your family on so many occasions! Love, Betsy
    (Maureen, you are ever the fashionista in the wide collar and crochet purse!)

  5. Rob says:

    What a sweet picture…I love it. Happy Mother’s Day Mrs. Abood! I count it a blessing to have known your children.

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      Thank you RTR, and thank you all. Happy Mother’s Day!

  6. tammy says:

    your mom is so beautiful! happy mom’s day to all mama’s!!!

  7. Maria Bill says:

    Thank you for sharing the strawberry rhubarb pie recipe. I’ll be making it this week for my son’s 21st birthday as he asks for a pie every year instead of cake. What a precious photograph that must be filled with memories for you and a heartfelt thought to accompany it.

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      I love that your son wants a pie, Maria! Yours will of course be perfect.

  8. Bill B. says:

    Great memories.

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  10. Tootsie says:

    How blessed we have been in our lives with our Mothers. My Mom died on Mother’s Day so it is a mixed feeling day for me. Wishing Everyone a Perfect Mom’s Day.

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      That’s special and sorrowful too, Tootsie. Happy Mother’s Day to you and your family.