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Speaking Between The Lines

February 9, 2012

That whole thing that I was talking about the other day, about not having any words, or not enough words, or not enough breath or breathing space for words, or something to that effect? That doesn’t apply to video of me using my words, and especially not to video of me using my words last summer (when the interview with me was shot) and this past December (when the images – of our loft, of us in our loft, of Jasper climbing a bookshelf to get a woodsaw – don’t ask – in our loft – were shot). Which is to say, it doesn’t apply to this:

 

The background story on the video, you can find over at Bad Mother Confidential. The foreground story is, I still believe in blogging – and mom blogging – in exactly the ways that I describe in this video. And I am sometimes so moved by this whole – what’s the word? – sisterhood of motherhood / community / empowerment / connection / change the world thing that it makes me cry, as I do in this video.

It’s just that right now I’m so tired, so overwhelmed, so busy, so distracted, so in need of breathing space that I’m not walking that talk very well. But I will, again.

Soon.

 

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Hope, Which Has No Opposite In Fear

December 2, 2010

In September, while I was in Lesotho, I received this email: Catherine, I’m a frequent peruser of your blog but haven’t had much time for blog reading lately. My husband and I have been working our asses off to get the paperwork together to adopt two little boys from Lesotho. I was amazed when I [...]

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More Reasons Why You Should Care That It’s World Aids Day

December 1, 2010

Because these are the faces of HIV and AIDS. Because they are not just faces: they are real people – mothers, fathers, grandparents, children, friends – with real hearts that beat and love and hurt just like yours do. Because I met them, which shouldn’t make a difference, but it does, to me, because I [...]

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Why You Should Care That It’s World Aids Day

December 1, 2010

Because this girl deserves a future filled with hope. So does this girl, and these boys. Because we all deserve a world filled with hope. Because we all – we all – deserve a world in which hope is more equitably distributed. Because there is hope, and lots of it: we just have to seize [...]

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The Mellow Autumn Came

October 1, 2010

Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower. – Albert Camus (Photographosopy, Fall Is Not Necessarily A Metaphor For Age Edition) (Other reading for this fine fall day: tetchiness about the buzz around the Fisher Price recall, bitchiness about public health PSA’s in Australia – really, what are they putting in the [...]

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From A Distance

September 30, 2010

I’ve been home, now, for a few of days, and I think – I think – that I’ve recovered from travel fatigue – 28 hours it took me to get home from Lesotho – and jet-lag and the brain fog that comes from traveling halfway around the world and back in less than a week. [...]

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Subjective Idealism, For The Win

September 24, 2010

Some may think that to affirm dialogue—the encounter of women and men in the world in order to transform the world—is naively and subjectively idealistic. There is nothing, however, more real or concrete than people in the world and with the world, than humans with other humans. — Paulo Freire, (Pedagogy Of The Oppressed) (Photographosophy, [...]

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Blog The Change You Wish To See In The World

September 23, 2010

I’m writing this post from a hotel room in Maseru, Lesotho. Lesotho, in case you didn’t know, is deep in the southern-most part of Africa, land-locked by South Africa. It is, you might think, an unlikely place for a blogger to be. After all, what do bloggers have to do with aid in Africa? But [...]

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Freedom’s Just Another Word For So Much From Which To Choose

September 23, 2010

We debate parenting styles and child-rearing philosophies and the politics of parenthood.  We argue about whether it’s better to hover or to stand back, to ‘helicopter’ parent or to ‘free range’ parent, to attach or to Ferber, to Montessori or home school or ‘unschool,’ to work or to stay home. We dither over whether to co-sleep [...]

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That Dream Within A Dream

September 22, 2010

Happy anniversary to my beloved dork. I miss you. ***** Today, more hospitals, more moms, more children, and, I’m sure, more lessons like this. A little less terror-driving would be nice, though. Fearlessness has its limits. ***** Last night at the United Nations, Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, pledged Canada’s full support to the UN’s [...]

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