Monthly Archives: January 2012

Our Mothers, Ourselves

This essay originally appeared on BlogHer.

Isolette, preemies

Our Babies, Ourselves

Eighteen years ago this month, my first child arrived six weeks ahead of schedule. While he was hooked up to tubes and toasting away in the ICU’s isolette, I spent those first days as a mother praying for him and reading Annie Lamott’s memoir, Operating Instructions. Between the laughter and the tears, I was hoping to find that elusive “how-to” manual for mothering.

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Shouldn’t Our Children Have the Right To Clean Air?

This essay originally appeared on BlogHer.

Did you know we take between 18,000 and 28,000 breaths a day? That’s a lot of in/out/in/out. And yet it’s something we rarely think about. It’s so natural, so essential, it doesn’t require us to think — until we have to. Continue reading

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Breathe Me by Sia

For the Love of Books