Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Looking for an Unusual, Last-Minute Mother's Day Gift?

I'm a big fan of StoryCorps, "a national project to instruct and inspire people to record each others' stories in sound," and just received this from the organization:

Dear StoryCorps Listeners and Supporters:

This Mother's Day, honor you mother, grandmother, or someone else important to you by making a gift to StoryCorps in her name.

If you have already made this gift, we thank you and your loved one for your support. If not, we hope you will take this opportunity to give the gift of listening to someone special this Mother's Day.

Each week, StoryCorps records interviews between mothers and children, grandmothers and grandchildren, and stories remembering mothers and grandmothers no longer with their families. You can find several examples of these stories right now on our website at www.storycorps.net/listen.

These stories are treasures for each of these families and are at the core of the StoryCorps oral history archive we are creating at the Library of Congress. Without the wisdom of our mothers and grandmothers, the StoryCorps archive would be incomplete, as would many of our daily lives.

This Mother's Day, honor your mother or grandmother with a gift to StoryCorps and help us to capture more experiences and lessons from mothers and grandmothers across America. Please click www.storycorps.net/support/mothers_day to make your gift today.

Thank you for your support.

Dave Isay

President, StoryCorps

P.S. When you give, you will be able to print out a beautiful certificate from StoryCorps to give to your mother or grandmother this Mother's Day.----------

StoryCorps is created in partnership with NPR and the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress. Our 2005 MobileBooth Tour is made possible by major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Saturn - People First!

If you don't have something for Mom yet, why not consider this? Or how 'bout this for another idea? Get a recorder -- audio, video, whatever -- and ask your Mom some questions on Sunday. About her life. She'll enjoy it -- and one day, you'll thank your lucky stars that you did this.

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