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But if she had, I know she would have felt right at home, because my mother embodied everything that Paris represents–grace, exquisite beauty, dignity and strength.


Photo by Yousuf Karsh circa 1945


If my mother had lived beyond her 76 years, she would have been 94 this month. It is hard to believe that she has been gone from my life for 18 years already because in addition to being a wonderful mother, she was my greatest advocate. And I relied on her guidance.



My mother was from a generation that did what was expected of them. She grew up in the Depression, watched young men go off to war and after the war, married a dashing Spitfire pilot who had returned, and started a family.  If my mother ever had dreams of doing something else, perhaps seeing the world or having a career, she kept them to herself.

Her life was about supporting my father’s ambitions and raising my brother and me. At that she excelled. It is often the little things that one remembers most – like the time Mom stuffed my birthday cake with so many coins that I got a mouth full of silver; or when she insisted on taking me skiing while waiting all day in a cold car; and who could forget the day she brought home a little kitten in her pocket?  “Meet Melvin,” she announced to our great delight.


Mom and me 1995


Whenever I had a goal or a dream, and Mom encouraged me to dream big, she would say “You can do it Diana, don’t let anything stop you!”

For all the choices and options that my generation has had, my mother seemed to be making up for the ones that she and many of her generation didn’t have.  And so I owe her so much.



Mom died on September 22nd 2001. Here is a short excerpt from the column I wrote in Canada’s national newspaper the Globe and Mail to honour her memory.



“As soon as I knew the worst, I wanted to spend every minute with my mother and to be the last face she saw when she died. Thankfully I was. It was strangely comforting to know that she had watched me take my first breath, and that now I was there when she took her last. And while my mother fretted sometimes that she felt that had accomplished so little with her life, she never fully understood that in fact she had accomplished so much.”

Thank you Mom. You continue to inspire me to live my dreams. I love you and miss you.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our mothers.




On behalf of Woman Of a Certain In Paris I am in the process of researching and testing a variety of skin care lines. I am looking for a line that specializes in anti-aging, provides sensible low maintenance products that really work, are economical and easy to travel with.

I believe that women of a certain age want to spend every waking moment doing what they love while also want to show their best face with as little fuss and muss as possible.  Ultimately my goal is to find a micro-brand that I believe in, can get behind and sell on my website.

Watch this spot every week where I will keep you informed about this journey and the products that I am trying.  Thanks, as always,  for your support.  Diana




  1. Kelly on May 12, 2019 at 7:36 am

    That was a lovely tribute to your Mother. My Mom will be 94 in July and I’m thankful to still have her with us.

    I’m very interested in your skincare investigation and look forward to your findings!

    • Shardie Stevenson on May 12, 2019 at 8:48 am

      As your BFF since Grade 12, I was lucky enough to know and love your Mom for many years.

      Since my Mother passed away at 54 , ” Cilla” or always, ” Mrs Bishop” to me, was kind of my second mother in many ways ……I was certainly at your house enough!

      She was a beautiful woman inside and out and your eloquent and heartfelt words have captured the depth of your relationship.

      When she passed on , you gave me one of her lovely handbags….she was always such a stylish lady …and I use it on a regular basis to this day and always think of her when I do .

      Love you Mrs B xoxo

      • Diana Bishop on May 12, 2019 at 10:17 am

        And my mother loved you like a second daughter Shardie. I was so lucky to have a mother like that. We never had a cross
        word or awkward moment between us. Always the best of friends. Love you too so much BF. Diana

      • Luci Rizzo on May 12, 2019 at 11:52 am

        Thanks Diana. My Mom passed 4 yrs ago. I miss her terribly and remember her daily.

        I use Rodan and Fields and like it. They have a couple of lines for mature women. If u wish to
        Hear more pls let me know.

        • Diana Bishop on May 13, 2019 at 10:04 am

          We will always miss our mothers.

          You are now the fourth person to alert me to Rodan an Fields. Luci, I will get back to on this brand. It is definitely one I think I should try. Thank you for the tip — as usual you are so helpful.

    • Diana Bishop on May 12, 2019 at 10:15 am

      How lucky you are! Thank you Kelly for this kind note. I really love hearing from my readers.

      Yes, I will keep you posted about the skin care lines. Lots of work ahead trying them all out.

      But so fun! Diana

  2. lagatta à Montréal on May 12, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Ovarian cancer is among those “deep inside” cancers that are often detected too late. So sorry. My mum lived to 98 (she was a late mum; 42 when she had me) but my dad, a chain-smoker, died at about the age I am now (early 60s). I watched the CBC series X Company, which reminds me of your mum, and mine, who was a war worker in Ottawa.

    And like your mum, you have beautiful skin.

    • Diana Bishop on May 12, 2019 at 10:20 am

      98!! How lucky you were lagatta! They were of a very different era and shared so much in common in terms
      of how they were expected to lead their lives. I will investigate X Company. Thank you, and thank you for the
      compliment — my mother always told me to take of my skin, and so even at a certain age I am looking for the best
      products for us to enjoy beautiful skin! Always great to hear from you Iagatta.

  3. Anne Armstrong on May 12, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Beautifully written Diana. Your mom is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing ?

    • Diana Bishop on May 13, 2019 at 10:05 am

      Anne, Thank you for your comment. Our mothers are so special. Diana

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