Yet she possesses a unique wisdom seated in simple truths.
Take, for instance, her guiding philosophy when it comes to nutrition: strive for as many colors on your plate as you can. This advice originated with 1940s-era nuns, and served my mother well as she raised a family of five during the chemical, convenience-food onslaught of the 1950s and '60s.
Too old to be swept up in the post-Earth Day organic wave, my parents nevertheless served vegetables we grew ourselves, fruit we picked and preserved each summer, and meat from pigs and cows that I helped raise.
Mom didn't know differently. She just wanted to provide healthful, affordable meals.
But now we know that certain colors indicate high levels of certain nutrients. So the greater variety on your plate, the wider the range of nutrients you're ingesting.
Out of the mouths of nuns. Who knew?