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What did you learn from your mom?

Or what did you learn from watching someone else be a mom?

The Chapel Hill News and The Durham News are seeking short reader essays about motherhood in time for Mother's Day. All the people who send us an essay will be entered in a random drawing for a free copy of Maya Angelou's new memoir "Mom & Me & Mom" or Richard Russo's "Elsewhere." (So you don't have to write the "best" essay, just send us one to be in the running.)

Try to keep your essay in the 200 to 400 word range. All entries must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, May 6, one week from today. Send them to editor@newsobserver.com with your photo and a photo of your mom if you like.

We'll pick two winners, and all the essays may get published in the newspaper.

Good luck, and Happy Mother's Day.

The unofficial Inaugural Poem by 'Maya Angelou'

Elizabeth Alexander delivered the official Inaugural Poem today, but with all due respect, this one is still our favorite (from Chocolate News). We've posted it before, but for the sake of comic relief, it's worth another look - here at Comedy Central. So, on this historic day... "Hosanna Obama!"

'Maya Angelou' on Obama

We love and respect Maya Angelou, and consider her a national treasure. That said ... On Comedy Central's latest news satire show, Chocolate News, David Alan Grier does a crazy impression of what a Maya Angelou inaugural poem for Barack Obama might sound like.

Warning - there is some mild language at the end, so if you're going to watch this at work, invest in some earphones.

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