My brother Jim and I spent many wonderful summers working on dairy farms in Wisconsin owned by Mom's cousins and as members of our local Boy Scout troop.
I can't remember a time when my mom didn't work. She has forever been on the move: a go-getter. When my brother Adel and I had a paper route as kids my mom would get up before us at the crack of dawn to drop off the Washington Post at different corners.
Growing up with three older brothers and being the youngest and the only girl my mom always made me tough. She's taught me over the years how to be a strong independent woman how to carry yourself in a positive way and anything that my brothers can do I can do.
The most important thing in my father's life? World peace. Me and my brother. My mom.
My mom is many times responsible for getting us all together but we trade off at each other's houses. My brother and I are actors and are traveling a lot of our job.
I would go visit my mom on Sundays and my brother was working on stuff. I'd go in there and sing a little melody then we started working with words and the next thing you know it was just born organically without really trying.
My brother Trevor is theatrically trained. I used to watch him when I was younger and I was in love with it. It just seemed really fun to be someone else. So I begged my mom she was hesitant but she eventually allowed me. And it turned out well I guess.
I was raised in Boston by three older brothers and a very strong and empowering single mom.
Miami Beach - that's where I grew up in a middle-class Jewish family led by my maternal grandfather. Me my great-grandmother - a Holocaust survivor who was my roommate - my grandparents my mom and her brother all shared a four-bedroom house.
My parents are wonderful and I'm really lucky - but my mom has always been almost exclusively a right-brained person. She goes completely on her feelings of things on her intuition and so she instilled that in my brothers and I.
Mom spent the time that she was supposed to be a kid actully raising children her younger brother and younger sister. She was tough as nails and did not suffer fools at all. And the truth was she could not afford to. She spoke the truth bluntly directly and without much varnish. I am her son.
One can be a brother only in something. Where there is no tie that binds men men are not united but merely lined up.
We do not want the men of another color for our brothers-in-law but we do want them for our brothers.
The men who learn endurance are they who call the whole world brother.
Civil war? What does that mean? Is there any foreign war? Isn't every war fought between men between brothers?
All wars are civil wars because all men are brothers.
I believe in the brotherhood of all men but I don't believe in wasting brotherhood on anyone who doesn't want to practice it with me. Brotherhood is a two-way street.
Either men will learn to live like brothers or they will die like beasts.
Marriage is all about knowing the ins and outs and the intimate details and your wife is supposed to be the person you know best. But my brother and I think alike know everything about one another and when we get together we block everything else out. Nothing exists in our world except for us.
I took the fear of marriage from my parents' relationship because I didn't want to end up in a relationship like that whereas my brothers and sisters learnt a lesson from it and made sure they didn't carry it on into their own marriages.
My parents' marriage was very rocky. They were always arguing. When they split up when I was in my 20s my brother and I were both delighted because we knew they weren't good for each other.
My older sister was at the cusp of new wave and I had older brothers from my father's first marriage who were rock 'n' roll guys so I was exposed to a lot of popular culture.
If you want to know how your girl will treat you after marriage just listen to her talking to her little brother.
A father may turn his back on his child brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies husbands may desert their wives wives their husbands. But a mother's love endures through all.