Don’t Call It a Comeback, Been Here a Year

MMM Showcase Tuesday, April 12, 2011

For the last few weeks, I’ve hinted about the “new” that we were brewing. Now, after many, many hours of building, tweaking, re-tooling, and resetting, it’s time to share it all with you.

Welcome to the sparkling fresh take on Ms. Mary Mack (Beta*)!
*We’re still adding some more flavors to this concoction.

Big thanks go out to Todd Wilson, who has a black belt in design and a gold medal in creativity. Down to the precise shade of orange, this man was focused. (And he’s always good for an involved chat about fonts, iPads, and college hoops.)

OK. A tour …

In addition to the insanely fresh coat of paint, there are also some new pieces added to the MMM mix. You’ll see them in full as we go about ripping off the plastic wrap around here. But let’s give you a taste of what to look for this month:

  • The Confab: It’s a gallery of experts sharing essential advice for an upgraded life. As much as we have been about celebrating motherhood and sharing parental intel, I wanted to add something more, a service, to this community we’re developing. In this new section, we’ll talk to experts about a range of topics—those things that are issues or challenges for mothers/parents. And we’ll go about putting together some solutions. The Confab debuts Wednesday (tomorrow!), so be sure to check back. Plus, there’s a little treat tucked into tomorrow’s post. Hint: It’s free!
  • Global Mamas: This is the “Whoa, Mama! Worldwide” project continued, but with a shorter, snappier name. And, friends, there’s this double-scoop-of-cool map that we’ve added to the project. Nothing short of fantastic! Again, raising a glass to Todd on this. Next country: Trinidad.
  • Third Thursdays: Yes, alliteration is always special, but you’ll want to drop by for this. The ever-fabulous (and fun) One Hungry Mama will be our resident Mother on a Mission, aiming to get us eating and serving good, healthy, colorful, fresh food at home. Yes, the same home with picky eaters, young palates, and often short-on-time parent-cooks. As OHM puts it, “Kids change the way we cook, but they don’t have to change how well we eat.” Aaah. So every Third Thursday, it will be OHM + MMM chopping it up in an e-mail exchange about good food and even better family. First one up: Next Thursday, April 21. Join us.

We’re very excited and proud about our new, snazzy wardrobe, but know that beneath it all, we’re the same ol’ gal, walking along with you as we make our way down this parenthood path.

Looking forward,


Oh, Haaaappeee Anniversary!

MMM Showcase Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Well, friends, we made it. Today marks ONE YEAR of Ms. Mary Mack.

(Wait, where’s the confetti? I thought I ordered the Blogger Confetti Deluxe package. Hmmph ...)

It’s been an utter delight hanging out with you, talking as we walk along this parenthood path. If I had to boil it all down to one thing that I’ve learned, the one thing I now know for sure, well, I would lose that game. I couldn’t name just one. Each post, each photo, each link, each story … all important, all part of an education. One that I hope we shared in, leaning on each other for answers.

This year of blogging also meant another year watching this magnificent boy—my son—grow, learn, laugh, live. And that experience leaves me clutching my full, warm heart every single day.

I love this kid. I love being his mother. He makes me laugh—that honest, middle of your spirit laugh. He brings me joy, a rich and sweet brand of happiness that you wish you could bottle and stash away for those grayer days.

QB has shown me that patience truly is an extension of kindness. And living this particular life has taught me that sometimes the most loving thing you can do is listen.

Ms. Mary Mack is all about celebrating motherhood. I’ve said it here before: Being a parent is a tough job, but you got this. You’re doing it right, friend. Believe that.

So I’m sharing this blogiversary with you folks. Thank you for reading, commenting and encouraging me to keep this thing in drive.

This is me, sprinkling a bit of confetti in your direction because, let’s be honest, don’t we all kind of deserve it?

Take us home, Fred …

So, What’s Your Story?

MMM Showcase, Whoa, Mama! Monday, January 31, 2011

I’ve always been interested in hearing other people’s stories. Learning about how someone developed their sensibilities, their beliefs, their perspective—all of it, fascinating. This blog is about that, sharing stories and by extension, trading lessons lived and learned.

Ms. Mary Mack tries to take an anthropological approach to motherhood/parenting, with the hope of gaining more insight, more information, more wisdom, more compassion … and passing all of this intel along to others.

It may sound syrupy, but it’s true: we need each other, especially as we negotiate this parenthood pathway.

All of this to say, I’m on the hunt for more stories. I want to hear from more mothers (and fathers!) who are doing this thing with style, their own style. I’d love to hear from people like:

  • the single mother/single father
  • the adoptive mother
  • the stay-at-home or work-from-home dad
  • more global mamas
  • the co-parenting mom/dad
  • the gay dad
  • the lesbian mom
  • the parent recovering
  • the mom who never wanted to have children, but changed her mind just as the shot clock ran out of time

Basically, I just want to hear about you, and all the twists your story takes.

So, I’ve got my notebook opened to a fresh page and I’m listening. Tell me your story (or nominate someone else to be featured here). Start by dropping me a line at get[dot]msmack [at] gmail [dot] com.

Thanks, friends.

A Day to Reflect and Pay Respect

MMM Showcase Monday, January 17, 2011

Today we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. His actual birthday was last Saturday, January 15. Had he lived—not cut down in the prime of his mission—this man, a leader and hero, would have turned 82 this year.

So on this holiday, I’m pausing to remember and pay respect to our freedom rider, Dr. King.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr., “I Have a Dream”

You can watch all of King’s historic, moving “I Have A Dream” speech, delivered on August 28, 1963 during the March on Washington, here.

Have a good day, friends.

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