Creature of New Habits

Once upon a time, 2 months ago, I would make a grocery list and shop once a week. Now I am shopping minimally, maybe once a month. My new normal will be mindful shopping with less frequency. Read more

Thinking Outside the Gift Box

Happy Mother’s Day! I associate this weekend with flowers and planting. Maybe not this year with the chilly weather, but it is usually safe to plant flowers on Mother’s Day weekend. Gift me a live plant to put outside or a hanging basket and I’m a happy woman. Flowers just seem to brighten any day.

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Mom’s got talent

If you need a reminder, Mother’s Day is next Sunday, May 10th. Moms tend to focus on their family and others, sometimes putting themselves on the bottom of a very long list. One cannot associate motherhood without thinking of ‘home’. There is a quote, “Home is where your mom is”.


Norma Panelli Halahan is an avid artist and an author of two books. She has three children, Mark Halahan, Maureen Halahan Pooley and Jean Halahan and is an inspiration to her entire family.

Her daughter Jean says, “My mother has been painting for about seventeen years. She started with a local art class and really took off with it.”

Norma wrote two books; Jagged Destinies and If This House Could Talk- The Victorian, which was published in 2014. She also had several short stories published in publications such as: Mature Years, The New York Chronicle, USTA Tennis Magazine.

“Mom is 84 years old and still drives. She walks daily and paint and writes. Painting and writing are her passion. Our house is filled with her beautiful artwork. She is vivacious and very family oriented. I have watched her work take on form over the years. We are a family that supports each other and when we have company her artwork and her writing is a source of lengthy conversation. She is still involved in charity work with the local church, Our Lady of the Assumption. My mother sets an example of all those around her. She is positive and always looks to improve herself”, says Jean.

Over the years, we accumulate items that are passed through the family from generation to generation. There is something very special about art, which emerges from the deepest part of the artist’s soul. Surrounding yourself with items that you love is what makes a house a home, especially when created by a loved one.

As a parent, we can’t help but be proud of our children and their accomplishments. It is very special when our children realize how accomplished their parents are. I can’t think of a better way to pass on the legacy of motherhood than being an inspiration to your children, at any age. Remember, it is never too late to find your passion.

To all the moms out there, I wish you a Happy Mother’s Day.

Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. ~Author Unknown