Mom at 95: Still Barbara After All These Years


About Susan Spangler

I'm a graphic designer and illustrator, observer and survivor. My website,, contains a wide portfolio of my projects and images – some for pay, most for love, many for both. These graphic essays are inspired by things that catch my eye, my ear, my heart. Funny, confounding, astounding and encouraging, all at once. You know. Life.
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24 Responses to Mom at 95: Still Barbara After All These Years

  1. Patty Dann says:

    oh, this is magnificent! A pleasure to read, and a pleasure to know your whole family!

  2. Thank you so much, Patty! Your responses mean more than I can say! Much love!

  3. Marianne says:

    Thank you, Susie! We are so lucky to have our moms with us, both at 95 and still very vibrant!

  4. Valerie Tate says:

    Wonderful guidance for us all. Thank you!

  5. Judy McV. says:

    It’s an honor to know this magnificent woman.

  6. sborko says:

    What a wonderful gift you’ve given us and your mom. Bravo to both of you.

  7. miriamseidel1 says:

    This is wonderful, Suse!! A real mitzvah! Lots of things here that I hadn’t heard Mom talking about before. xxxx Meem

    Miriam Seidel Writer & Editor p:610-626-1891 | m:610-247-9314 | w:


    • Thanks so much, dear Meem! As you know, it went through numerous iterations, additions, deletions, consolidations and considerations – including the helpful notes you forwarded me last weekend. It was great to see you then. Hope things have been going smoothly since. Lots of love –s.

  8. says:

    I loved this piece. I: 1) wished I was Jewish to have learned such wisdom 2) cried for my own mother who spent her last years feeling un-useful, angry, sad and lonely. 3) resolve to grow up to be more like your Mom and you.

    Love, KathyO

    Sent from my iPad


  9. Lisa Brock says:

    Oh my. This is beautiful. Her words, your art. Treasure to share!

  10. Anastasia says:

    I can hear her voice as I read it…What a wonderful person she is!!!

  11. Carolyn Randall says:

    Susie, how wonderful and true! My mother-in-law left us last year at 98, and everything you say was true for her. It’s a gift to have these spirits around us; thank you for articulating it so beautifully.

  12. Cricket Dudley Nelson says:

    This is so beautiful, Susie! WOW! You & your amazingly inspirational mom are quite a dynamic duo! Thank you so much to you both for sharing your gifts & insights. 1% 😳

    • Thanks so much, Cricket! The pleasure is all ours! I loved working with her on this – it has more meaning than I can express to have been able to put this together in collaboration with her. And I agree – she is inspiring! Lucky are we!

  13. Beth Kellar says:

    Love this post. My Dad lived til almost 95 and shared much of your philosophy, Barbara. I recall his excitement the spring of his last year when a mother robin graced his life by nesting near the window where he could watch the baby robins hatch, grow, and eventually fly away. As a nature lover he embraced all of those life gifts…as you do! Thanks for sharing.

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