A special “thank you” to my mom, pictured above. This photo is her senior portrait taken in 1958. My mom was just the kind of mom I needed throughout my childhood and is still the best mom for me during my adult years. My mother has shown me what being a good mom is. She listens, shares, cares and is always there when I call — I enjoy our many, many, lengthy chats by phone. And, since she lives in California and I am in Oregon, I really value the time we make for each other with visits back and forth. So, here’s to you, mom — thanks for being my mom, my mentor and my friend!