Introducing My New Book

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Each of us carries a bit of our ancestry with us. It is what makes us look like we do and perhaps even act like we do. As a woman and daughter, I contend that every woman is touched by her mother – birth or otherwise. Women have an enormous influence upon a child that lasts for an entire lifetime. This book examines some of the extraordinary women I personally know and the mothers who raised them. Life’s lessons can come from anywhere; but our mothers provide some of the best.


She must be something special.

        She is. Celebrate her.  –Kobi Yamada

One morning, as you lazily enter the bathroom, you take a rare glance at yourself in the mirror. You halt abruptly. Adjust the glasses you can’t see without. Lean in closer to the mirror and inhale a deep breath. For just that single moment, you see it. Maybe it’s the intense softness of chocolate brown eyes shadowed by layers of thin fluffy skin, or the fine grooves etched like artist’s strokes across your forehead. The silver sprouts of hair rimming your face announce the lineage connection plus the years you’ve been on this earth. Even the determined jaw set to attack the day and whatever it brings heralds the fused parentage. It is her as surely as if she were standing there saying, “Here we go again!” It’s your mother!

This book has been a joyful journey entrusted to me by some amazing daughters and their remarkable mothers. I could not escape my destiny to bring it to life. Like musicians caught up in the tunes playing in their heads, this book has shouted “Let me out! Craft my thoughts on paper.” The voices and stories would not be ignored.

This is the book within me and the legacy honed by remarkable women.


This book chronicles the impact mothers had on me and 25 of my close associates. There are lessons to be learned that we hope our stories help pay forward to others. The single most important is LOVE – the one element we all have in common.

To mothers and daughters and that unique important bond we share,

The Daughters

Pamela Johnson Betts

Eve Clark

Patricia Rodriguez Christian

“Dear mom, I get it now. ”

 “The older I get, the more I see the power of that young woman, my mother.” – Sharon Olds

Viola Delgado

Marie Diaz

Giselle Fisher

“An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.”  ~Spanish Proverb

“Mother, the ribbons of your love are woven around my heart.”

Alma Garcia

Wanda Granier

Sylvia Dunnavant Hines

Melinda Marcus

Beatriz (Betty) Manetta

Carrie Martinez

Rohena Miller

Bonnie Nijist

“We don’t get a handbook on life; instead, God blesses us with insightful mothers.” –Marilyn Stewart Pinson

“Mirror, Mirror on the wall, I am my mother after all.”

Marilyn Stewart Pinson

Margo J. Posey

Terri L. Quinton

Royalyn Reid

Joyce Robinson

Linda Stone

Gail Warrior Suchy

“My mother had handed down respect for the possibilities…and the will to grasp them.” -Alice Walker

“If you have a mom, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been.” –Robert Brault

Vicky Teherani

Lorena Valencia

Gayle Waldron

Patti Winstanley

Avis Rivers Yates

What Readers Say…

  • I found this book riveting, sensitive, lovely and hard to put down!

    -- Sandra Clay
  • I read this to my mother while she was in the hospital and before she passed away. It made both of us cry. You have captured the words I could not come out and tell her about how she has touched my life. 

    -- Marilyn Pinson
  • I am amazed that you captured me and my Mom so well. Thank you. I am delighted to be a part of your book and congratulations!!! 

    Gayle Waldron
  • When you’re young you expect that your mother would sacrifice anything for you. But when you’re grown and a mother yourself, you begin to comprehend how much she did; how much she sacrificed, how much she loved to help make me who I am today. This book reminds me how much I miss her.

    -- MD

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Join the G.R.I.T.S. Daughters 

While finishing of this book, I found myself listening to women tell me stories about their mothers — in the airport, at a happy hour, at church, in a classroom, over the phone… There are thousands of stories about how mothers have influenced women to be successful. While these stories came too late to included in my book, I thought one way to share this phenomenon would be to post these stories online at

Now is your chance to join the daughters who started this movement! Submit a short paragraph on a lesson your mother taught you, so we can post it online to share with daughters everywhere (…and moms too)!

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