This is a collage of items that might have been of interest in my mother's lifetime. My brother (pictured here with her) was born just 7 years after women earned the right to vote. She took that privilege seriously. She was a dedicated Democrat, and she and my father frequently cancelled each other's votes. Fiercely independent, she established her own egg business while my father farmed. She had her own bank account and kept her own records. My father fondly called her Maggie, and was proud of her sassy independence. Happy Mother's Day, Mom. You set the bar mighty high!