Martha Stewart Writes About Caring for Others--Maybe

Martha Stewart Writes About Caring for Others--Maybe

How soft is Martha Stewart’s post-prison heart? Could she really be caring for others instead of creating things for others?

Recently the 71-year-old diva wrote a new book. Ho hum. But it is not a new book about antique china and complicated appetizers. Hmmmm.

Martha wants to help those in their 40s on up to live well. And to give caregivers hope. Two very good things that I want to do. She cared for her elderly mom until her mom died in 2007 at age 93. I care for my mom and dad in their late 80s. See the connection? My heart is warming up to her already. (And, hey, she did take a $200,000 pay cut earlier this month.)


I gagged when I heard that a beautiful mango and tomato appetizer at a friend’s house was a Martha Stewart recipe. I mean I admire Martha’s domestic and media empire building skills, yet dislike the cold-hearted perfectionistic persona I imagine she has.

I can’t recreate her flawless gardening and cooking and that makes me feel bad. Funny thing is that I keep trying. It all started in 1997 when Martha became an icon and I became a perfectionistic homeowner and mother of 2.

I did subscribe to Martha Stewart Living magazine. (Sorry, about your lack of profitability Martha. I used airline miles to order, and before that I’d skim through it in the check-out line. I admired the glossy photos and dreamed someday…I could achieve…)

I might read Living the Long Good Life: A Practical Guide to Caring for Yourself and Others. I hope that it will bring healthy transformational change for older people without perfectionism. After all, as part of the Clinton Global Initiative, Martha did found the impressive Martha Stewart Center for Living, within the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. It “serves to promote and facilitate access to health care resources for older adults and to enhance the public perception of aging.” I like that. So she does have a heart. But it could grow bigger.

Only the last chapter out of 9 in the book is about caregiving, so I not so sure I’ll read it that soon. Caregiving is on my mind, because that is what I do for my elderly parents 3 times a week. I also employ aides and a home caregiver for my mom.

I admire these special people, professionally trained or not, who sacrifice time, energy and resources to bring their clients dignity, friendship, hope, love, and well-being. America needs these big-hearted nurturers more than ever as boomers age.

Finding out that Martha’s interests extend beyond roses and chow chows is satisfying. There is no doubt that aging boomers are huge business–but I’ll take her seemingly tenderhearted approach to spreading good will.

Despite your financial woes, carry on with even more of your heart, Martha. What a lasting legacy that would leave.

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