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Happy Mother’s Day to Single Mom with Daughter: Coralie and Coral Torres

Sunday, May 13th, 2018

Note: When I separated from my husband of 3o years in 1990, my older two children were already living on their own with their partners, but I still had a third child at home (I was 41 when she was born.) So I became a single mom at age 51. Being a single mom was the most difficult job I ever took on, shouldering most of the child care, job search, moving, etc. When I met Coralie (a single mom) and her daughter Coral, I wanted to feature them for Mother’s Day, since they seem to be having the time of their lives as a mother/daughter family! Yay!  ellensue


Coralie (Cora for short) with daughter Coral

I met Cora and Coral at the fitness center where I swim indoors in the winter. Both women were in the same lane, with Cora teaching her daughter Coral swimming techniques. (Cora gave me a good tip, as well.) I learned that both were in training for events. Coral was working on a swimming meet and Cora was in training for a triathlon. Cora moved here from Puerto Rico and is a single mom with a passion for swimming.

I asked Cora to send me an update of the events she and her daughter are involved in. Here is what she sent:

This year I am training for two half-Ironman (70.3 miles): 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run. 
– World Championship  South Africa in September 1st of 2018 in  Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. This is the first time an IRONMAN World Championship event will be held on the African continent. 
– Atlantic City Ironman in September 23rd of 2018 (I will try to qualify for World Championship 2019 in Nice France)
I will be doing a few shorter distance triathlons  (Sprint and Olympic).
My daughter is doing (for the 1st time) a sprint distance women triathlon in Philly.  Women are taking over the City of Brotherly Love. The Inaugural Hand and Stone Women’s Philadelphia Triathlon is an all women’s sprint triathlon will feature a 400 meter swim in the Kelly Outdoor Pool, 9 mile bike on closed roads, and a scenic 5K (3.1 Mile run) through Fairmount Park. I am so excited and pumped up for her!!!   
I was selected in the promo picture for the Women’s Philly Tri. (See the great photo below. es)

Their enthusiasm was contagious. The link between them was palpable, so I asked Coral to send me information on her upcoming triathlon and some photos (See above and below). The photos are so good that I decided the pictures were even more descriptive of the mother/daughter relationship than the events. So here are more photos that show you how close these two women are as a family.

I celebrate them and all moms for Mother’s Day, especially single moms!



P.S. My younger daughter and daughter-in-law moved back to the East Coast from Calif. only a few days ago. My older daughter is in Calif. and my son is in Nevada. This will be the first Mother’s Day in six years that I can spend with one of my children. I am ecstatic!

Happy Mother’s Day!

International Women’s Day as Part of Women’s History Month: Focus on Ruth Gruber, International Photo-Journalist

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

From Wikipedia: Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, corresponding with International Women’s Day on March 8, and during October in Canada, corresponding with the celebration of Persons Day on October 18.[1]


To celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day this year I decided to feature a woman who was an international  journalist at a very young age. I have been so impressed by her life that she has become my role model for living a long and fruitful life, pushing back marriage and children at a time when not being married was considered a flaw and pursuing a journalistic journey. But I am getting ahead of myself…..

Last month I saw a PBS special called Ahead of Time, which is actually the name of Ruth Gruber’s autobiography. She was born in 1911, and lived 105 years, until November 17th, 2016, so I cannot understand why I did not read or hear about her before. She was a feminist before the word was coined; she was the youngest PhD at the time, having obtained it at the age of 20, and she was the first woman to report about Russia’s exploration in the Arctic. Her life was amazing! This picture is from Wikipedia and shows Ruth in 2007 at 96 years of age, still looking bright and energetic.

 I honor Ruth Gruber on International Women’s Day, 2018.


Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia about Ruth Gruber:

During World War II, Secretary of the Interior Harold L. Ickes appointed Gruber as his Special Assistant. In this role, she carried out a study on the prospects of Alaska for homesteading G.I.s after the war.[6] In 1944, she was assigned a secret mission to Europe to bring one thousand Jewish refugees and wounded American soldiers from Italy to the US.[7] Ickes made her “a simulated general” so in case the military aircraft she flew in was shot down and she was caught by the Nazis, she would be kept alive according to the Geneva Convention.[8] Throughout the voyage, the Army troop transport Henry Gibbins was hunted by Nazi seaplanes and U-boats. Gruber’s book Haven: The Dramatic Story of 1000 World War II Refugees and How They Came to America was based on case histories she recorded as she interviewed the refugees.

And this is just an excerpt of her early career. Wikipedia has her biography broken down into Early Life; her role as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior, Exodus 1947 about her voyage to meet the refugees in Cyprus and accompanying them on their journey which, unfortunately, returned them to Germany; After 1951 when she was married and had two children in her 40s and continued to write. Here is a list of her books. I have already read five of them and have ordered more from the library and two from Amazon: Raquel: A Woman of Israel and Ahead of Time, her autobiography. Below the list is my mini-review of Raquel.

Books by Ruth Gruber    (from Wikipedia article)

  • Witness: One of the Great Correspondents of the Twentieth Century Tells Her Story
    Schocken (2007) ISBN 0-8052-4243-0
  • Virginia Woolf: The Will To Create As A Woman, 2005
  • Inside of Time: My Journey from Alaska to Israel, 2002, 2004
  • Exodus 1947: The Ship That Launched the Nation, 1999 (ISBN 0-8129-3154-8), 2007
  • Ahead of Time: My Early Years As a Foreign Correspondent, 1991, 2001
  • Rescue: The Exodus of the Ethiopian Jews, 1987
  • Haven: The Dramatic Story of 1000 World War II Refugees and How They Came to America, 1983, 2000
  • Raquela: A Woman of Israel, 1978, 1985, 1993, 2000* (See cover & note below)
  • They Came to Stay (coauthor: Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky), 1976
  • Die Bauern-Passion Von Waal (coauthors: Ursula Zeidler, Gerhard Eberts), 1976
  • Felisa Rincon De Gautier: The Mayor of San Juan, 1972
  • Puerto Rico: island of promise
  • Israel on the seventh day, 1968
  • Israel today: Land of many nations, 1958
  • Israel without tears, 1950
  • Destination Palestine: The story of the Haganah ship Exodus 1947, 1948
  • I Went To The Soviet Union, 1944
  • I Went to the Soviet Arctic, 1939, 199
    (As I celebrate my 12 anniversary of blogging Menupause, I wish I could have interviewed Ruth in person for Menupause while she was still alive.I started this in 2006, and she did not die until 2016, so such an interview could have happened.  My loss!)

    *I plan to review this terrific book later in the month


  • P.S. Three Tidbits to share:#1) On International Women’s Day 2017, Iceland became the first country in the world to make equal pay compulsory by law. Two days later, India passed a bill giving every working woman in the country 26 weeks of compulsory maternity leave. Economic Times, From Future Crunch,

    #2) Below is a photo of a tea that purchased at our local cheese shop with many unusual items. This hand-made paper covered box and its delicious roibos tea is created by women in Africa and the proceeds go to educating their children. the tea costs about $10.00 so it is pricey, but consider it a delicious donation!


#3)  In the Saturday edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer is a touching cartoon called Six Chix. In the first frame, a little girl hands her teacher a card and says, “Happy Women’s History Month, Ms. Smith. I got you a card! The second frame says: Because when I grow up I’ll always remember how you made my class so fun and interesting…so you’ll always be part of MY history.”  In the corner of the second frame in small print is: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY  MARCH 8, 2018.
Thanx, Six Chix!

Celebrate International Women’s Day/Women’s History Month
in whatever way
supports women all over the world.