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Mother’s Day

On the eve of mother’s day 2015, I’m thinking with deep love and profound appreciation about my mother Maritza Morgan, an internationally known artist, who also had a 40-year career as a journalist, writer and translator.  I’ve written about her as a volunteer firefighter in my book Adventurous Women: Eight True Stories About Women Who Made a Difference.  In Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts: A History of Burial I wrote about the painting she created after the death of my father (at the age of 50).  Her painting, “Lazarus” is reproduced in the book. She died shortly before Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts was published, but not before I was able to show her the page proofs and read her what I had written. She could no longer talk, but her smile radiated from the tip of her toes to the top of her head. The image is her painting, “Song of the Turtle Dove” Carved on wood and painted with with acrylics; 49′ x 29 1/2″, 1981

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