Forgiveness and mother.

Summer evenings are long and sweet, as the fireflies rise up from the lawns and the bats flicker through the darkening skies; a favorite time for long walks through my beautifully landscape neighborhood. These hikes have become walking meditation. Last night, I thought about my mother, who I have not seen in 17 years. As.. read more →

Why I breastfed as I did.

Reading this interesting blog post http://themilkmeg.com/breastfeeding-in-1980-my-mother-talks-breastfeeding-and-dishwashers/ , makes me think about my mother and grandmothers and their feeding choices. My dad’s mother, Millie, breastfed him in 1925, until he was about 9 months old because “that’s what you did.” She weaned when he became able to use a cup. My mother’s  mother, Margie, breastfed her in 1929.. read more →

The corn.

When my first daughter was in high school, she strongly encouraged me to buy a pair of newly popular  Doc Marten shoes. After trying a pair on, they felt comfortable enough that I did. After a few weeks of wearing them, I developed a corn between two toes, a thick, hard area of skin caused.. read more →

A new view of germs.

I grew up learning that germs were bad. Germs made one sick. This basic fear was reinforced in nursing college, where we students learned serious things about keeping our patients alive. This lead to class debates about the safest way to handle a pillow case to minimize the spread of germs. Did one hold the.. read more →

Society plays the most important role in its future

Dr. Robert Martin, author of How We Do It  and the Curator of Biological Anthropology at the Field Museum says in this 6-minute video, http://www.kindredcommunity.com/2014/05/cultural-obstacles-vs-biological-imperatives-breastfeeding-new-video/?fb_action_ids=10203348117801138&fb_action_types=og.likes     that society should offer respect and “provide optimal conditions for mothers” instead of giving them stress.  (Check out his blog at Psychology Today.)  Babies are the future. Our society should be investing.. read more →

People never talk about these things.

I never knew how many women in my social circle had miscarried, until I did. Then it seemed like every woman I knew had suffered at least one.  I don’t know how knowing about miscarriage would have helped me if I had known about it before I started aiming to become pregnant.  Finding out afterwards.. read more →