The Spirit of Mother’s Day

Forget tea and cookies. MotherHearts is throwing a different kind of Mother’s Day event, one that celebrates the original intent of the holiday. In 1870, with the memory of the bloody Civil War still fresh in the minds of Americans, Julia Ward Howe (author of “Battle Hymn of the Republic”) called for women to gather together and bring an end to war. This Sunday, MotherHearts will honor Howe’s intent with its Return to Mother’s Day event. The celebration will feature music, art, poetry, and speakers. Check it out Sunday, May 14, 1 p.m., at the Arlington West Memorial next to Stearns Wharf. Visit

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