Discovering the Fountain of Youth (through Mothering!)

Advertisers have tapped into a universal craving to stop the relentless ravages of time in the human body by pushing countless gimmicks to keep us youthful. These products may sometimes keep us healthy, but the secret fountain of youth is not a thing to buy but rather an attitude, an inner way of living in… Continue reading Discovering the Fountain of Youth (through Mothering!)

Living the Life of a Worker Ant

I have often thought that much our life resembles the life of an ant. Consider the life of an ant. Not a queen ant, a worker ant. Ants scurry about, eyes trained on the ground in front of them, hauling loads of food that are bigger than they are. They are completely oblivious to the… Continue reading Living the Life of a Worker Ant

Dreams and Hope

“Hold fast to dreams,  For if dreams die,  Life is a broken-winged bird,  That cannot fly.” Langston Hughes   “Hope is the physician of each misery.”  ~Irish Proverb   “Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul  And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all.”  Emily Dickinson  … Continue reading Dreams and Hope

Polka-Dots Tops with Checked Pants?

  I was often embarrassed by polka-dotted tops and checked pants as my kids ran for the school bus and was tempted to phone the kindergarten teacher , declaring that my children's independence was more important to me than dressing a fashion plate. Basically I wanted to yell, " I did not pick out her clothes… Continue reading Polka-Dots Tops with Checked Pants?

Canada Day , July 1st: Time to Toot Our Horn Again

As Canada Day celebrates its 147th birthday, I celebrate Canada's triumphs. Next to the United States we might seem insignificant but remember,  looks are deceiving. Last year, Maclean's Magazine published a Canada vs. America issue proclaiming "99 Reasons Why it's Better to Be Canadian:We're happier, fitter and richer and our kids are smarter too." You can read… Continue reading Canada Day , July 1st: Time to Toot Our Horn Again

Extra, Extra, Read All About It

A sampling of this weeks articles, one from each source, from BlogHer, Mother of Nine9, Joy of Nine9,  BrooWaHa, ReadWave,  Association of Catholic Women Bloggers, Catholic Lane, Catholic Stand , Catholic Attachment Parenting Corner., Catholic Spirituality Blog. Simply click on the image  or this link to read the joy of nine weekly paper

“Don’t Worry Sir; My Boyfriend is Like my Trampoline.”

One of the disadvantages of a large family is that the younger children are exposed to pop culture via  their older siblings. A prime demonstration of this phenomena was during ’circle time’ in kindergarten. Sometimes the teacher encouraged the children to sing a song, expecting to hear something like “Twinkle, twinkle little star”. She did not get that… Continue reading “Don’t Worry Sir; My Boyfriend is Like my Trampoline.”

Circular Thinking : A Feminine Experience

Most men think in straight logical lines, at least the men in my life do.  They shake their heads at my thought process which I call circular thinking. However I believe that some of the best thinking is circular. . In fact, I love  sending  other people ideas or a stream of consciousness about the feminine… Continue reading Circular Thinking : A Feminine Experience

Fathering in the 21st Century

I love how each generation of fathers are becoming more involved with childcare. My husband was much more involved with our children than his father ever was and my sons are even more comfortable changing diapers and bathing infants. .  The newest father in our family has a 2 month old son with one 2-month-oldhters.… Continue reading Fathering in the 21st Century

Choosing to Laugh Instead of Cry

Every single time Michael, my husband, attended a conference or left for a long weekend, something went wrong on our hobby farm.    Just last year, my husband was gone for two weeks and a total of ten accidents and catastrophes occurred. All my kids are well aware of this pattern of disasters. As I… Continue reading Choosing to Laugh Instead of Cry

Just Turn the Key and Open the Door

Change. I am slowly, changing.. We all want to change. However if we want to change simply to please someone else or to fit in to society out of our own vanity, that is a false wish for a change.  I am not talking about the kind of exterior adaptation  which involves switching masks or,… Continue reading Just Turn the Key and Open the Door

THE BEST ART COMES THROUGH PLAY

  Writing . Writing can seem like a big deal, publishing even more so. However, if I do not take my self too seriously but simply relax and enjoy the process of writing, then words flow through my fingers and my imagination. It is a joyful experience. MY FAMILY'S LOVE AFFAIR WITH BOOKS IS A… Continue reading THE BEST ART COMES THROUGH PLAY

There’s a Hole in My Bucket, Dear Liza, Dear Liza

understanding mental illness If you ever went to camp as a child, singing delightfully annoying songs around a campfire, perhaps you can remember an especially irritating song with the ever repeating phrase "there's a whole in my bucket dear Liza, dear Liza, dear Liza, a hole". Of course, the even more annoying answer follows unerringly,"well… Continue reading There’s a Hole in My Bucket, Dear Liza, Dear Liza