Tuesday, June 24, 2008

MotherVerse Workshops To Run Again In August

MotherVerse Magazine is offering their Writing Motherhood and Publishing A Blog workshops again this August through September. Spots still available, but fill up fast on a first come, first serve basis.

I've been asked to mentor the workshops again, so I'll see you there!

For more information, visit the site.

Friday, June 20, 2008

US Working To Cut Premature Births

One in eight babies -- well over half a million a year -- are born prematurely, a toll that's risen steadily for two decades with no sign of stopping.

The government this week begins an unprecedented push to figure out why, with special aim at preterm births that may be lowered: so-called late preemies, those born weeks, not months, early.

The U.S. has the highest C-Section rate at 31% in 2006. How about working to cut the rate of C-Sections, especially those that are medically unnecessary. I would not be surprised to see a drop in premature births if the C-Section rate were to go down.

Full article here.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Two Books From DaCapo Press

More info at the DaCapo site
I'll try at least 2 recipes from this book before reviewing.

Stay tuned for review/commentary on these books in the future.

*(update July 19, 2008: Review posted at Green Mom Finds here)

Friday, June 13, 2008

Stilettos For Babies-WHY???

From the CCFC:

Stilettos for Babies.


I could go into full rant right here, but that's the only word/rant I can muster.

Just why??? It's fun? What's the point?

Green Mom Finds: Forum Has Moved!

Green Mom Finds Forum has moved! Check it out!
Tell your friends to stop by too.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Mother Talk: The Maternal Is Political

The Maternal Is Political: Women Writers at the Intersection of Motherhood & Social Change
Edited by Shari MacDonald Strong
Seal Press
352 pgs, $15.95
ISBN: 1-58005-243-6

Something definitely changes when you become MOTHER. Besides all the physical,emotional and mental aspects; the sleepless nights, cranky babies, the thought of being able to fit into your pre-baby jeans. You become more aware of the world and your place in it, of what is happening around you. You see things with a mother's eye. One of the essays, In Albania, by Mona Gable, captures this new view absolutely. Here she recounts her time in Albania as a reporter during the Kosovo conflict-Balkan wars with the new eyes of a mother: "The lens of motherhood would filter everything I was to witness.....".

There were a few other essays that affected me personally. Ona Gritz's Because I'm Not Dead, recalling her own experiences with disability while caring for her child; Amy Jenkins' One Hundred and Twenty-Five Miles, Helaine Olen's The Mean Moms where she tackles the old mama clique subject; and Mona Gable's essay mentioned above, all resonated with me on different levels.

Among the contributors, I was happy to see I recognized all the names, having read their work someplace else or read about them in the newspapers (most likely CNN or elsewhere across the Internet); as well as having worked with a few.

Overall, it is a very necessary book- very emotional, very raw- necessary reading for every mother.

Shari MacDonald's Website
The Maternal Is Political at Amazon
More Reviews at MotherTalk

Monday, June 09, 2008

Reading Persian Girls, Nahid Rachlin

Persian Girls
Nahid Rachlin

Hardcover, $23.95/$30.00 CANADA
ISBN: 1-58542-520-6

I had been wanting to read this for a long time. It did not disappoint. In fact, I came away from the book wanting to know more about Iran, its culture and the role of women in the culture.

Persian Girls is a very necessary book. We know so little of the people of Iran, their real ways of life, particularly of women in that culture. Here in the USA, we hear what is filtered through our various media: names of cities, leaders, terrorism hot spots.

The story itself recalls Rachlin's memories of growing up in Iran during the 50's and 60's, the dynamics of family life-hers in particular- in that country, her experiences of culture shock, success in coming to America and the strange (though not uncommon) fate of her sister Pari.

Admittedly, most memoirs (to me) are hard to get into; they sound forced in the effort to forge a coherent story. Persian Girls certainly did not fall into that category to me. It is a beautifully written story; a raw, emotional one, that offers a glimpse into a culture that is often misconstrued.

Nahid Rachlin's website
Hear Nahid Rachlin read from Persian Girls via FORA.tv
Persian Girls featured on MotherTalk back in January

Two New Books In The Mail Today From Da Capo Press

More info at the Da Capo site
Soon to be out in paperback

Very much looking forward to both of these books, particularly the Arab Conquest one.
Stay tuned for commentary/review on both books in the future.

Moms Speak Up featured at Today's Mama!

Just got news that Moms Speak Up, one of the blogs I contribute to, is featured at Today's Mama.
Check it out here.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

RE: $117,000

So, I got a little bit of a response in posting this by having it picked up at CNN under their 'From The Blogs' feature-an interesting one, I might add. Here is the article in question.

Here are the comments:

This is a ludicrous article. Payment is done for work in exchange for something that benefits the payee. Is the implication that children should pay the mother? Or perhaps the mother should pay herself since she is also a beneficiary of her work. Or maybe taxpayers dollars should be spent to compensate nonworking mothers?

-getting the facts right

As a Dad who does appreciate what Mom does, I can't help but wonder the value of all the work that Dad puts in outside his job: all home maintenance, car upkeep, financial (paying bills, making investments), educating sons and daughters, etc. We (Mom and Dad) were both busy all the time--Dad's extra work is "worth" something too.

It's a partnership.

-Cliff from Alabama

First of all, they need to quit doing these 'studies'. It's unfair and condescending. Insulting. TO THE MOTHERS. And, probably, to some of the Dads, as Cliff from Alabama stated: "Dad's extra work is 'worth' something too." It sure is, and I applaud all the Dads out there that are doing their job(s) inside and outside the home. There are far too many who don't.

Apparently, others feel the same way about this....study.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

So...Where's My $117,000 A Year?

According to this CNN article, stay-at-home moms make an average of $117,000 a year for all their work in the home.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Must Read: Seashells at Mothering Magazine

This article from Mothering Magazine is excellent. Go over there and read it. Now.

It's something many Americans would never consider. I mean, seashells on your breasts? Why the hell would you do that?

Patella vulgata shells have been worn by Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish mothers for thousands of years.

The shells are an ancient remedy for nipple sores, ranging from splits and cracks, to bleeding and blisters. According to a Swedish online site that sells the shells, they create a soothing microclimate so that nipples soften and are moisturized by breastmilk—which contains lactoferrin—known for its antiviral and antibacterial healing properties.

Just...wow. I am truly amazed. You learn something new every day.

Two New Books From University of Michigan Press

Imagining America in 2033: How the Country Put Itself Together After Bush
(Fall 08)

American Audacity: Literary Essays North and South
Christopher Benfey
(Sept 08)

Look for commentary on these forthcoming books in the future here at WITM.

Sunday, June 01, 2008