A midwife's labor of love

Ruth Lubic is a woman on a mission. At an age when most people would have already retired, she embarked on a new project - starting a midwife-operated birthing center in one of the poorest areas of Washington D.C. The infant mortality rate in D.C. ...more

Ruth Lubic is a heroine. Birth is a natural process, not an illness needing hospitalization. ...more

My Biggest Blog Secret Ever is Yours for $10

I'm not a tell-all blogger, I don't share the deepest, most personal struggles in my marriage or the most embarrassing thing my 11-year-old did at school or how my relatives make me crazy. My in-person relationships are more important than my blog and I've got to save something for my tell-all book, right? But this all changes today. I'm willing to give up my Biggest Blog Secret Ever to you for just $10. DON'T READ THE REST OF THIS POST IF YOU DON'T HAVE $10 TO GIVE ME. If you are ready, only if you are fully committed, here it is... ...more

Sing it with me: R-E-S-P-E-C-T

My friend Laurie Ruettimann of Punk Rock HR tipped me off to the Family Violence Prevention Fund's (FVPF) latest initiative called RESPECT!. If you haven't heard of the FVPF before, I encourage you to read about them at their site as well as Charity Navigator, where they have received a four-star rating (meaning they exceed industry standards and outperform most charities in the same "cause" category). ...more

The value of family dinners and giving our children presence

What if there was one thing you could do to lessen the likelihood that your child would get involved with smoking, drinking or doing drugs; lessen his/her chance of developing obesity; and help him/her do better in school? What if that thing was as simple as having regular family dinners together? ...more

I have fond memories of my 2 brothers and I sitting around the table as close to nightly as ...more

Changing The World, One Blog At A Time

We tend to be pretty quiet up here in Canada. You'd hardly know that we have an election coming up, for example. Nor is it obvious that we spend a lot of time worrying about things like the environment and our children and when the hell the Stanley Cup is going to take its rightful place in Toronto. (I kid! It would also look very nice in Vancouver!) You'd hardly know that we can get pretty gung ho about causes. Which is why it's time to remind you all about BlogHers Act Canada. ...more

I was scrolling down and happened to notice something about the cup in Toronto, and as a ...more

Pay Inequity and Other Animals

Study: First-time moms want more information about life with new baby

A new study including 151 mothers in Brisbane, Australia has found that first-time moms want more information about what life with a newborn will be like and says they often don't feel prepared for the recovery period after giving birth and emotional toll of caring for a new baby. ...more

I think I was in a semi-permanent state-of-shock after my son was born.  Besides having a ...more

Send a Cow

There is an uplifting story in the UK newspaper The Times about the 20th anniversary of "Send a Cow".  The program sent live, pregnant cows to Africa as a way to alleviate hunger and poverty and foster independence. The author, an inaugural contributor 20 years ago, went to see if allegations that the program was keeping Africa poor, were true or not. ...more

My Thoughts... America??? Please read

There Is But One Man      8/31/08  by April Claxton Pieces broken fill the floor while shattered years pile more. ...more

Women's issues, rights and equality

With the Democratic National Convention in full swing and Women's Equality Day, marking the 88th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote, celebrated on Aug. 26, women's issues have been a hot topic lately. ...more

I totally agree. This is the first election where I've felt like I really care about the ...more