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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Mother's Day Tidbits

With Mother's Day coming up this Sunday, I started thinking about my own mother, whom I still miss so much. Because of this, I did a bit of research online about mothers and came up with the following bits of interesting material:

Katherine Hepburn's father was a surgeon and her mother was a dedicated suffragette and early crusader for birth control.

Kim Basinger's mother had been a champion swimmer who performed water ballets in several Esther Williams movies in the 1940s.

Laura Dern earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her illuminating performance as the title character in Rambling Rose, an underrated picture in 1991 that also won a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her mother, Diane Ladd. This was the first time a mother-daughter team had been so honored; they became the first mother and daughter ever nominated for Academy Awards for the same movie.

Elvis Presley, was a mama's boy. He slept in the same bed with his mother, Gladys, until he reached puberty. Up until Elvis entered high school, she walked him back and forth to school every day and made him take along his own silverware so that he wouldn't catch germs from the other kids. Gladys forbade young Elvis from going swimming or doing anything that might put him in danger. The two of them also conversed in a strange baby talk that only they could understand.

Many of the sweaters worn by Mr. Rogers on the popular television show, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, were actually knitted by his real mother.

Eric Clapton was born to an unwed mother and to shield him from the shame, Eric grew up believing that his grandparents were his parents and his mother was his sister.

Actress Jane Seymour's mother, Mieke Frankenberg, was born in Holland and lived in Indonesia during World War II, where she spent more than three years in a Japanese concentration camp.

Jack Nicholson, born on April 22, 1937, had been the illegitimate child of 17-year-old June Nicholson. Nicholson had spent his life up to age 37 assuming that his biological mother, June, was his sister, and that his maternal grandmother, Ethel May, was his mother. Even on their deathbeds, neither June nor Ethel May had offered up the truth.

And here's a Mother's Day Quiz for you all. First person to get all answers correct wins .......... ta da ...........
















a sense of honour in doing well.

Okay, here are the questions, but be careful because there might be a "tricky" one in the bunch.

1. Who was the mother of Cain and Abel?
2. Who is the mother of Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah?
3. Another name for terra firma?
4. Her nursery rhymes are part of childhood.
5. She was married to Abraham, the father of the Jewish nation.
6. Liza Minnelli’s mother starred in "The Wizard of Oz."
7. Who is the mother of Lourdes and Rocco?
8. She was famous for her good deeds in Calcutta.
9. She was not a nice mother in the movie "Mommie Dearest."
10. Who is Pebbles’ mother?
11. Who is Bart, Lisa and Maggie’s mother?
12. Who is considered the founder of Mother’s Day in America?
13. Who was John the Baptist’s mother?
14. Solomon was the wisest mortal who ever lived. What was his mother’s name?
15. Who is the best mother of all time?

I'll post the answers on Sunday, but in the meantime,

Happy Mother's Day to all of you wonderful mothers!


12 comments:

Momma said...

Elvis? Was a wacko...

Here is my response to the quiz! :-)
1. Who was the mother of Cain and Abel? Eve
2. Who is the mother of Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah? Demi Moore
3. Another name for terra firma? Solid ground
4. Her nursery rhymes are part of childhood. Mother Goose
5. She was married to Abraham, the father of the Jewish nation. Sarah
6. Liza Minnelli’s mother starred in "The Wizard of Oz." Judy Garland
7. Who is the mother of Lourdes and Rocco? Madonna
8. She was famous for her good deeds in Calcutta. Mother Teresa
9. She was not a nice mother in the movie "Mommie Dearest." Joan Crawford
10. Who is Pebbles’ mother? Wilma Flintstone
11. Who is Bart, Lisa and Maggie’s mother? Marge Simpson
12. Who is considered the founder of Mother’s Day in America? Anna Jarvis
13. Who was John the Baptist’s mother? Elizabeth (Mary's cousin)
14. Solomon was the wisest mortal who ever lived. What was his mother’s name? Bathsheba?
15. Who is the best mother of all time? Oh, me, of course! ;-)

Peace - D

Daryl said...

I was sure I replied yesterday .. apparently I didnt or Blogger ate my answers!

1. Eve
2. Demi Moore
3. Earth
4. Mother Goose
5. Sarah
6. Yes she did
7. Madonna
8. Mother Teresa
9. Joan Crawford
10. Wilma Flintstone
11. Marge Simpson
12. Got me
13. Sorry no idea
14. Clearly the Jewish kid isnt doing well on the bible stuff
15. Ah .. well .. that would be each respondent's mom!

:-Daryl

leslie said...

Momma - 2 wrong

Daryl - 5 wrong

Thanks for giving it a try.

So, everyone else, take hints from these attempts. Come on, you are allowed to look up the answers, you know! :D

Josie said...

Who was the mother of Cain and Abel? Eve
2. Who is the mother of Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah? Demi Moore
3. Another name for terra firma? Mother Earth
4. Her nursery rhymes are part of childhood. Mother Goose
5. She was married to Abraham, the father of the Jewish nation. Sarah, but she wasn't Abraham's mother, if I remember correctly.
6. Liza Minnelli’s mother starred in "The Wizard of Oz." Judy Garland
7. Who is the mother of Lourdes and Rocco? Madonna
8. She was famous for her good deeds in Calcutta. Mother Teresa
9. She was not a nice mother in the movie "Mommie Dearest." Joan Crawford.
10. Who is Pebbles’ mother? Wilma Flintstone
11. Who is Bart, Lisa and Maggie’s mother? Marge Simpson
12. Who is considered the founder of Mother’s Day in America? Julia Ward
13. Who was John the Baptist’s mother? Elizabeth
14. Solomon was the wisest mortal who ever lived. What was his mother’s name? Queen Bathsheba
15. Who is the best mother of all time? Mary, Mother of Jesus.

leslie said...

Josie - 1 wrong! hah!

Nancy said...

I don't have time for the quiz but so much enjoyed your movie star tidbits! I hope you have a very special day....

Happy Mother's Day!

meggie said...

I watch with interest. I thought all of Josie's answers were correct, so I am wrong once too.

Thankyou for all your kind words & thoughts recently Leslie.

Claudia said...

1. Eve
2. Demi Moore
3. Mother Earth
4. Mother Goose
5. Sarah
6. Judy Garland
7. Madonna
8. Mother Theresa
9. Joan Crawford
10. Wilma Flintstone
11. Marge Simpson
12. - 14. no answer
15. My mother

Leslie...Happy Mother's Day to you!

leslie said...

Oh dear Claudia! So close - you should have looked them up! lol

Book Owl said...

Happy Mother's Day, Lesley - we had ours in March!

leslie said...

Actually, Josie you got 2 wrong! Sorry.

And Momma, you got 1 wrong. Sorry.

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