Uber CEO’s mother dies in boating accident, father hospitalized

A picture of Travis, Donald and Bonnie Kalanick

Bonnie Kalanick, the mother of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, died Friday evening in a boating accident outside Fresno, Calif. Donald Kalanick, Travis’s father, suffered “moderate injuries” as a result of the accident, and is currently hospitalized in Fresno, according to a report by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office received a report of the accident slightly before 5 p.m. Friday. Deputies with the office’s boating enforcement unit already patrolling the lake went to investigate, along with deputies aboard the department’s helicopter. They later found Donald and Bonnie on shore.

A preliminary report indicated that the boat the couple was in struck a rock and sank, though the exact cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Travis was close to his parents, who he moved back in with while working on…

Deployed Husband Gets To Be Part Of Wife’s Maternity Photo Shoot

Veronica Phillips wanted to incorporate her deployed husband, Brandon, into her maternity photo shoot.

A military couple separated by deployment got the chance to reunite through photography.

Veronica and Brandon Phillips are a married couple expecting their first child together. Though Veronica is home in Florida, Brandon serves in the Air Force and is currently stationed overseas.

So when it came time to do a maternity shoot, Veronica asked photographer Jennifer McMahon of Jennifer Ariel Photography to incorporate her husband into one of the pictures. The result is stunning.

McMahon believes her photo evokes emotion and tells a beautiful story.

McMahon used Photoshop to put two solo shots of Veronica and Brandon together into one sweet image.

“I had seen many photos where people were Photoshopped in, and I have Photoshopped siblings together before to look like one seamless photo,” McMahon told HuffPost. “After playing around with several edits for a few days and many…

Woman Carries Twins For Sister Who Had 9 Miscarriages

Melissa Kayser wanted to be a mom more than anything.

But after nine miscarriages, failed fertility treatments and in vitro fertilization, the 33-year-old Omaha, Nebraska, resident didn’t think motherhood was in the cards.

“I was devastated because you think as women we are literally born to do one thing and that’s to reproduce and when you can’t do that one thing you feel like a failure,” Kayser told

Doctors suggested a surrogate might be the best option, but Kayser said she didn’t know if she “could emotionally handle another woman being able to carry my child.”

But her feelings changed when that other woman turned out to be her older sister, Lisa Auten, 35.

Auten offered to be the surrogate in a semi-serious way.

“It actually started as a joke. And it just kind of snowballed from there,” Auten told Omaha station KETV.

Kayser elaborated with a laugh: “She tries to…

Cat Mom Who Lost Her Kittens Right Before Mother’s Day Saves A Little Orphan Furball

Meet Flame, the sick kitten who was taken to the Atlanta Humane Society (AHS) and needed a miracle to survive – and that miracle came in the form of Ember, a very special mamma cat. Just a week before Mother’s Day, the older feline experienced a tragedy when all her newborn kitties died. “She had lost all of her babies,” Christina Hill, director of marketing and communications for AHS, told The Dodo, ”but not her motherly instinct.” So, when the time came for Ember to meet Flame, the sick kitten, it’s no surprise that she started showering the tiny thing with love.

“The two had an immediate bond,” Hill said. “The grieving mom immediately took to the tiny kitten, grooming him, cuddling him and letting him nurse.”

Both the mother and…

Stars post sweet messages to their moms for Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day, and some of our favorite celebrities are honoring the women who brought them into the world.

From John Legend sending a sweet message to his wife, who is mother of their daughter, Luna, to Viola Davis honoring her mother, Mary Alice Davis — the stars are getting into the holiday spirit.

Here’s who we spotted celebrating Mother’s Day this year:

John Legend
The singer sent a sweet message to his wife, Chrissy Teigen, on Instagram.

Next to a photo of her and their 1-year-old daughter, the R&B singer wrote, “Happy Mother’s Day to my wonderful wife. Luna is so fortunate to have a mom that loves her so deeply and brings her so much joy.”

Russell Wilson
The Seattle Seahawks quarterback sent a message to his wife, Ciara, who became the mother of the couple’s first child together, Sienna, last month.

He wrote on Instagram, “Nothing better than spending time with you. You are an amazing mom & I’m so grateful I get to spend the rest of my life with you & raising our kids. I love you! #HappyMothersDay Weekend my love.”

The two are also parents to Ciara’s 2-year-old son, Future, from her previous relationship.

Madonna honored her late mother, Madonna Louise Ciccone, by posting a throwback photo of her on Instagram.

In a caption, the singer wrote: “The Greatest Accomplishment of my life is to be the Mother I never knew! Happy Mother’s Day to my…

The woman who invented Mother’s Day would absolutely hate what it is today

Anna Jarvis came up with the idea of celebrating mothers every second Sunday of May. (Katharine Antolini)

While dining at a Philadelphia tearoom owned by her friend John Wanamaker, Anna Jarvis ordered a salad — then dumped it on the floor.

Jarvis hated that the food was called “Mother’s Day Salad,” named after a celebration of mothers that she had pioneered years earlier.

The strong-willed woman saw it not as an honor, but as an affront to a tradition she held so dear. To her, it was a cheap marketing gimmick to profit off an idea that she considered to be hers, and hers alone.

The incident was recounted in a newspaper article published sometime in the early 1900s, years after Jarvis organized the first Mother’s Day service in the country, said Katharine Antolini, a historian who has studied Jarvis and how Mother’s Day became a national holiday.

Jarvis spent decades fighting an uphill battle to keep Mother’s Day from becoming the commercialized holiday that it is today. To her, it was simply a day to honor mothers, and she started it to commemorate her own. So when people co-opted her idea for other purposes, Jarvis was incensed.

She started fights, threatened lawsuits, wrote letters to politicians, issued bitter news releases, organized protests, fought with Eleanor Roosevelt, demanded an audience with sitting presidents, among other actions.

She even claimed legal copyright to the holiday, Antolini said. Her letters were signed, “Anna Jarvis, Founder of Mother’s Day.”

“It became a part of her identity,” the historian said. “It was completely tied up in her ego.”

The fight that consumed Jarvis was waged in vain, and her campaign drained the modest fortune she’d inherited from her family. She died in a sanitarium at age 84 — alone, blind and penniless.

If she were alive today, Antolini said, Jarvis would’ve been thrilled that Mother’s Day remains popular.

“But she’d be upset that people don’t remember her,” the historian said.

She would probably be equally angered to know that the holiday is celebrated in part through Mother’s Day specials and sales, Hallmark cards and floral arrangements.

Antolini, chair of the history department at West Virginia Wesleyan College, said she began studying Jarvis and the history of Mother’s Day in the 1990s, when she visited the International Mother’s Day Shrine, in Grafton, W.Va. It’s a museum of the original church where the first Mother’s Day service was held.

In the church’s kitchen area, Antolini said, she found several boxes of documents that belonged to Jarvis. She volunteered to archive them and spent months poring over the records.

She learned about the childless woman who dedicated her life to an obsessive pursuit to create a holiday for mothers.

“The surface image of her is that she was this crazy spinster who dedicated her life to this movement and fought everybody who tried to take her day away from her,” Antolini said. “It was her life to create this holiday, to perpetuate it and have it spread nationally.”

Dear Nurse…

Roberto Ganoza Photography, Alvin, TX

In recognition of National Nurses Week

I remember that day so well. I turned the corner on the way to labor and delivery and caught your eye. You flashed a big smile and said, “Go to room 13. I’m your nurse.” But your smile quickly faded when you saw my face. You knew I was worried. You knew something was wrong.

You quickly got me dressed and placed on the monitors. I was contracting. I was hurting. We both knew it was too early. I was trying not to cry, but I was scared. I could tell you were scared, too.

I was only 22 weeks pregnant with my twin babies.

You knew me as the strong, tough Dr. Clark. I was the doctor who worked alongside you on labor and delivery. The doctor who had delivered babies with you for the past thirteen years. The doctor who at age 42 desperately wanted to become a mother herself. The doctor who was finally pregnant after two years of infertility.

And now I was your patient. The patient who was vulnerable and afraid. The patient who was looking to you to make things better. The patient who for a moment forgot she was a doctor. The patient who didn’t want to lose her babies at 22 weeks.

I remember finally waking up from the medications that made me sleep. The contractions had stopped, and I was still pregnant. I had made it another day. From that moment on all I could do was hope for one more day. One more day to let my babies grow. One more day to increase their chance of survival.

Just one more day.

You will never know just how much you did for me that day or how much seeing your face gave me the strength to get through the most difficult time in my life. You will never know just how much you being there as my nurse meant to me. But it was you―my colleague, my nurse, my friend—who got me through the next 55 days in the hospital.

So thank you.

Thank you for coming into my room each day with a smile on your face even when I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. When I wanted to do anything but smile. When I felt fear and worry creeping in. You made each day a little bit better. You kept me going.

After days of being on medications and being in bed, my…

4 Stocks to Buy If You Love Moms

Make no mistake about it: Moms are the best. They’re our biggest supporters, our number one fans, and they are always there for us. So this Mother’s Day, why not invest in companies that are helping both the mothers (and fathers) they employ, as well as the mothers who make up their customer base?

Here are four stocks that anyone who loves moms should buy.

1. Campbell’s Soup Company [NYSE: CPB]

The connection between moms and chicken soup alone might be enough for you to want to buy this stock. But Campbell’s Soup has made this list because of one specific subset of its food empire: Plum Organics.

Founded as a startup in 2007, Plum Organics is a mission-driven baby and toddler food company committed to offering the best sustainable nutrition to all children. In 2013, Campbell’s acquired Plum Organics, and in an impressive display of integrity, Plum’s president and co-founder Neil Grimmer requested that the smaller company pursue certification as a benefit corporation after the sale. For-profit benefit corporations not only create value for their shareholders, but they also have legal requirements for accountability, transparency, and purpose.

Since then, Plum Organics has continued to try to make the world a better place for parents and children. In particular, their The Full Effect program has donated over 8.6 million organic meals and snacks to children in need. The company also works hard to reduce its environmental footprint by both reducing packaging and creating recycling programs for its packaging.

Though Plum Organics is only a small part of the Campbell’s Soup Company, the fact that Campbell’s continues to encourage its child-friendly, mom-friendly, and environment-friendly mission makes it worthy of this list.

The Campbell’s Soup Company is also working to improve the lives of the mothers and fathers it employs. The company recently revamped its parental leave policy, offering 10 weeks of paid leave for a primary caregiver and two weeks of paid leave for a secondary caregiver. The fact that such a huge company is working to make life easier for new parents is definitely a great step.

2. Etsy [NASDAQ: ETSY]

You may know Etsy as the place to get creative handmade gifts, but it is also a publicly-traded company that does a great deal to support moms.

To start, Etsy decided in 2016 to offer all employees 26 weeks…

In Just 2 Photos, Mom Highlights Unspoken Reality Of Postpartum Depression

An Ohio mom’s viral Facebook post is shedding light on the reality of postpartum depression.

On May 1, Kathy DiVincenzo shared two photos taken by her friend, photographer Danielle Fantis. While one picture shows the mom dressed up and smiling with her children in their clean house, the other shows DiVincenzo looking tired and unhappy with a classic messy bun and cluttered home.

DiVincenzo explained in the caption that May is National Maternal Depression Awareness Month. Because she has struggled with postpartum depression, anxiety and OCD, she decided to speak out and show people what the experience can look like ― and “not just the side of me that’s ‘Facebook worthy.’”

The two pictures DiVincenzo posted represent her life, “depending on the day,” she wrote.

“I would only ever comfortably share one of these realities though and that’s the problem. The only thing more exhausting than having these conditions is pretending daily that I don’t,” she explained, adding that she works hard to hide the harsh reality from the social media world because she’s worried it would make people feel uncomfortable.

“I’m afraid you’ll think I’m weak, crazy, a terrible mother, or the other million things my mind convinces me of, and I know I’m not alone in those thoughts,” she wrote. “We need to stop assuming that the postpartum period is always euphoric, because for 1 in 7 it’s not. We need to start asking new parents how they’re doing in a deeper way than the normal, “so how are you doing?” that triggers the knee jerk, “everything’s great!” response. We need to learn the…

What’s Cooking? What Are Your Mother’s Day Meal Plans?

Photo by Jon Mountjoy.

Hello, and welcome back to to What’s Cooking?, the weekly open thread where you get to share all of your brilliant thoughts, advice, recipes, and opinions on all things edible. Mother’s Day is fast approaching, so we should probably talk about that.

“To brunch or not to brunch?” is always the big question. Literally everyone and their mother will be out trying to snag a table for fancy French toast and mimosas (momosas?) and it can get a little less than relaxing. Whenever I’ve lived in the same town as my mother or mother-in-law, I always opted for staying in and cooking, as I’d rather flip pancakes than fight crowds.

So now I’d like to know what you have planned to celebrate the maternal figures in your life, and I’d also like to talk about any and all recipes, tips, and kitchen wisdom the loving ladies in your life have bestowed upon you. As always, I have questions:

  • BIG QUESTION: Will you be going…