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The Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap Book Sale

I went to the GLA annual book sale yesterday.  Even dragging my tired tot along, I found some great books! 

For the gentle parenting lending library, I picked up Positive Discipline, Positive Discipline A-Z, and Punished by Rewards.  I squealed triumphantly when I found the Alfie Kohn book.  I startled the pregnant mom beside me.

For the UCEDS library, I grabbed The Premature Baby Book, A Child is Born, Mamatoto:  A Celebration of Birth, and The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

For my husband, I snagged A Naturalist’s Guide to the Southern Blue Ridge Front, South Pole 900 Miles on Foot, Alaska Wilderness:  Exploring the Central Brooks Range, and Still Waters, White Waters.  He asked me if I was intentially trying to drive him away.

For CareyFootprints by Denise Levertov.  I finally found a bosom friend, kindred spirit who quotes poetry to me by email; not nearly as romantic as hand-written perfumed letters but who keeps stamps these days?     

For Norah:  only a tiny goblin book she sneaked into our bag.  I’m a children’s book snob and the pickings were slim. 

For me, I didn’t have much time.  I mentioned the tired tot, right?  I tangled with a football-playeresque guy over The Unicorn & Other Poems.  Go figure.  And, walking to the check-out, I reached back and grabbed Midwives

Final bill:  25.00  Not bad.  Until they announced that the “fill-a-bag-for-10.00” sale was starting in 15 minutes as I’m handed my receipt.

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Blessingways and Broken Mornings

I’m re-reading Spiritual Midwifery and getting lost in the hippie love of the Farm midwives.  Why is it that in almost every Farm birth story, the couple makes out during labor?  I didn’t even think of that during my labor.  I was very close to Scott physically and emotionally during the process and he was very hands on but we weren’t making out.  No.  I asked him if he’d be willing to give it a go next time around.  Of course, he suggested we start practicing right away. 

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Because I’m dreamily lost in the Farm love, my background music carries the smell of patchouli.  Yesterday, Norah and I were riding in the car.  I was listening to a Cat Stevens song.  Norah asked, “What’s dat song called?”  I said, “It’s called ‘Morning has Broken.'”  Norah:  “It needs batteries, Mommy?”

This Saturday is our monthly Blessingway at UCEDS.  The Blessingways are free and open to anyone.  It is our way of surrounding new and expectant families with positive support and mindful information.  Caryn will be sharing her birth story and then we’ll have an informational session on Cloth Diapering 101.  We need experienced women with encouraging wisdom to bless these new families.  We meet from 2-4 at UCEDS the 4th Saturday of each month.  Children are welcome.