The Congress Committee, headed by chairs Barbara Findeisen and Jeane Rhodes, has been busy planning an exciting time for you this fall in beautiful San Francisco. The theme of our 2011 Congress is "Echoes from the Womb: Applications for Lifelong Well-Being," with a central focus on those echoes—how they come to be, what their implications are, approaches to healing the echoes when they are detrimental or destructive, approaches to fostering echoes that resound with health and wholeness, and the keys they hold for the future of our field.
One of the particular blessings of spring is Mother's Day. Most countries including the U.S., Australia, Canada and India celebrate Mother's Day. In the U.S. this year, it falls on May 8, coincidentally the same day Mother's Day was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914. Since then people across the world have been celebrating Mother's Day with joy and devotion. More than half of APPPAH's members are mothers, not only of their own children, but also in blended families as stepmothers, foster mothers, adoptive mothers, or as single mothers. On behalf of APPPAH, I honor and thank mothers everywhere for the gift of life and nurture that they provide. Without them we would not exist, nor would we thrive!
[Ed note: Maureen Wolfe, APPPAH's extraordinary E.D., typically works tirelessly behind the scenes in countless capacities to keep the organization humming. With so much happening right now we are pleased to hear from her directly in this issue.]
Dear APPPAH Community,
We have a whirlwind of change taking place within APPPAH and I want to share some of the exciting developments, as well as one sad loss.