On My Mind: 09.26.11

by Rachael on September 26, 2011

Mondays at The Variegated Life: links to some stuff I’ve liked …

I am in the midst of the hell known as Too Many Deadlines. Which is admittedly better than the hell of No Deadlines at All. But still — where is the bliss of Just the Right Amount? Bah.

Nevertheless, I bring you links.

From an old friend who lives too, too far away, an old post at The Unstuck Diaries on abandoning hope and making art. You see? My admonition to give up hope is a good thing!

Seth sez, keep on writing. Don’t I believe it. I’ve been doing morning pages for a month now (and will be writing about it later this week). If you’ve been thinking about doing them yourself, I say do it! Do it! Do it!

Also later this week, I’ll be posting a review of Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta, by Ina May Gaskin. In response to this book, I’ve been thinking (i.e., spinning my mental wheels) way way way too much about questions about why birth matters, female experience, and essentialist approaches to feminism. I particularly like Kristen’s review of the book at Birthing Beautiful Ideas; not only does she have a firm grounding in the “nuances of the history of feminism,” but she asked her readers to comment on why birth matters to them, eliciting a lovely variety of responses.

And, thank heavens for Dionna of Code Name: Mama, who has done her research and is writing a series on preparing young children for childbirth. Now if only someone would tell me where we should have this child I am purportedly carrying … (Still in disbelief? You bet.)

And now, I have *got* to read everyone’s posts from last week’s Mindful Mama Blog Carnival

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Dionna @ Code Name: Mama September 26, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Thank you for the mention, and thank you so much for clearing up the confusion on “A Child Is Born” – I appreciate it!

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Melissa Fu September 27, 2011 at 2:42 AM

Hi Rae – Couldn’t agree with you more about the morning pages! I find them surprising and addictive. It’s like brushing my teeth – if I don’t do them, I’m just so unsettled. Looking forward to your posts about them and other topics this week.

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Zoie @ TouchstoneZ October 2, 2011 at 2:09 AM

Thank you for including the carnival on your list. There are some great reads. I took this week off to start finding balance in my on and offline writing. I’m working toward finding morning pages in my routine, too. Eventually, I’d like it to be just like my morning meditation and yoga.
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