November 16, 2010
Remembering my Mother and the Importance of Giving
Today, November 16th, is the third anniversary of my mother, Big Martha’s, passing. You may have seen my television show last Friday, entitled Center for Living Show. Dr. Audrey Chun, Martha Stewart Center for Living medical director, shared eldercare tips. We were joined by two really inspirational guests - Roger Gentilhomme, a 101-year-old competitive tennis player and Esther Tuttle, a 99-year-old working actress. Spending time with such active and vital senior citizens, got me really missing and thinking about my mom.
In her latter years, my mother experienced considerable hearing loss for which she purchased hearing aids. Hearing aids, as you may know, are costly devises and I wondered what became hers. I was relieved to hear that my sister, Laura, donated them along with Mom’s eyeglasses. Those hearing aids and glasses were refurbished and given to benefit someone in need. My mother’s beautiful wardrobe was also donated to an eldercare facility. It makes me proud and happy knowing how many lives my mother touched in her lifetime and after.
1 My mother's college yearbook photo from the University of Buffalo
2 Graduation day
3 Swimming in Lake Erie
4 A great outfit
5 Mom and dad as young newlyweds
6 On a family outing
7 Mom and big brother Frank
8 Mom and baby Kathy
9 Mom and me
10 Mom and me and Frank
11 Another nice suit
12 Our family portrait
13 Brother George's wedding
14 Mom with grandson Morgan
15 Mom and me
16 Mom on her 80th birthday
17 A Mother's Day
18 Wearing similar outfits
19 Out at an event
20 On my porch at Turkey Hill
21 Mom and grandson Charlie
22 Hiking at Turkey Hill
23 At the opening of the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai with granddaughter Sophie
Co-incidentally, tomorrow is also the third annual Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Gala. This outpatient medical facility, located in Manhattan, specializes in eldercare and is dedicated to my beloved mother. Since establishing this center in November 2007, we have been mindful of the fact that the first of 78 million baby boomers will start turning 65 in 2011. At tomorrow night’s gala, our special guest is MTV star Andrew Jencks, who, at 19, wrote, directed, and starred in an HBO documentary about his five weeks living in an assisted living facility in Florida. We are hoping to raise a significant amount of money for the center so that it can continue to help the aging American population grow old gracefully, healthfully, and well. Even if you cannot attend, you can still bid online via Charitybuzz.com on some really great items, such as a paid internship at MSLO, an appearance on my television show, fabulous vacations, and so much more.
1 Roger Gentilhomme, at 101, plays tennis daily and lives life to the fullest. Esther Tuttle is an active grandmother who has had an amazing career as an actor, performing since the 1930's. Both shared their secrets to longevity.
2 Madhur Jaffrey joined me for a cooking segment, showcasing a lovely dish from her native India. At 77 Madhur is still writing and cooking.
3 Chatting with Andrew Jenks. Andrew is a charming young man, and I'm thrilled that he will be our special guest speaker at the Gala! Photo: David M. Russell/The Martha Stewart Show
4 My guests Roger Gentilhomme, Andrew Jenks and Esther Tuttle during the production of "The Martha Stewart Show" in New York on Wednesday, November 10, 2010. Photo: David M. Russell/The Martha Stewart Show
5 Sydney Eddison is a talented gardener, whose gardens have been featured in the pages of Martha Stewart Living.
6 Everyone in the crowd was so full of life, including 101 year old Emma Hendrickson, who still continues to bowl once a week!
7 Our studio audience included many individuals in their 80's, 90's, and even some over the age of 100!
8 From left to right: Emma Hendrickson, still bowling at 101; Tao Porchon-Lynch, a 92-year-old master yoga teacher and ballroom dancer; and Evelyn Kiss, 90 years old and still working full-time! Photo: David M. Russell/The Martha Stewart Show
10 Here I am with one of last year's auction winner's Kate Fraser, she came all the way from England to join me for a segment on the show!
11 Kate Fraser, with her lovely family who had the winning bid in last year's Center for Living Auction, on CharityBuzz.com