Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I just can't some days

So March was a bust. I really wanted to create something every day, but it seems like the only things created were messes. So here's to hoping I can turn April around.. But today is not starting off well. Too many images of ordinary citizens being arrested for protesting large corporations and the havoc they have let loose upon us. (Really, they are the ones who should be arrested? Surely not the companies and their off-shore tax schemes and unethical practices...) Or grandmothers being evicted because their husband did not have a will for the house. She was able to make the payments, but Fannie Mae got a court-ordered eviction notice and sent in the marshalls. (And her neighbor got taken away in her pajamas for watching the fracas. Hoo boy, that is some good police work there. Especially considering this was Rochester, NY and they might have some, oh, more important crimes to prevent?! But there might be some good news for Ms Lennon after all.) Or articles on the startling truth that African American mothers die disproportionately more from childbirth than other races. (And women of color in general having a higher rate of maternal mortality. I have heard comments from doctors about "just sectioning" a Spanish speaker because it would take to long to find a translator, ugh.) And then some idiot commenter trying to link higher abortion rates to this maternal mortality since "black[s] have more abortions". (Clever, I see what you are doing there. Trying to make people sympathetic to the anti-abortion movement by piggy backing on a more sympathetic topic. Bullshit, if you cared you would truly address the reasons there are more abortions, not the abortions themselves.) Well, all this is making me cynical and despondent on what is otherwise a beautiful day. It is overwhelming some days to see the strife and struggle that average people go through, myself included. And it is overwhelming to see a looming government shut down because some idiot fringe group can't understand that the Founding Fathers they espouse to emulate built this country on fraternity and compromise (well, at least they keep in line with keeping women and minorities out...). I don't have answers for any of this. At least nothing new to add that has not already been said. But I do not understand the concept that personal greed outweighs compassion. I just don't get it.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

March...ugh

I generally do not like March. The weather is unpredictable. It contains my least favorite "holiday". But this March I am going to try something new. I am going to try to create something each day. My own little homage to Spring coming soon.

So from here on out, each day I will blog about my creation, be it haiku, photograph, short story, etc. I will have to play with different mediums I suppose as I have a short attention span, sometimes.

Here is today's offering:

Morning Run

morning brisk wind blows
I hear my feet on the ground
I shut all else out

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

March at Integrative Health Massage Therapy

VBAC Primer
March 13, 2011 3:00pm-4:00pm
$35.00 per family

In this 60 minute class we will discuss ways to maximize your success for VBAC. Led by ICAN of DC leader (and VBAC mother herself) Janet Brown, we will discuss: finding a supportive provider, finding the right birth setting for you and pregnancy and labor.

Yoga and Acupressure for Labor
March 25, 2011 7:00pm-8:30pm
$75.00 per couple

Yoga and acupressure can help bring natural pain relief during labor and birth. In this class you will learn partners yoga poses for labor, acupressure points for pain management, aromatherapy, pain coping techniques and positioning for labor. You are asked to wear comfortable clothes you can move in as this is a hands-on class. Also please bring a yoga mat to class.

New Prenatal Yoga 4-week
March 27, 2011 9:00am-10:00am
$60.00 per person

Prenatal Yoga helps create body awareness and strength during pregnancy while preparing the body for labor and birth. Classes led by Janet Brown, LMT are fun, yet challenging. Each session runs for 4 weeks with each class being devoted to a topic related to pregnancy and birth.

New Prenatal Yoga 4-week
March 31, 2011 7:00pm-8:00pm
$60.00 per person

Prenatal Yoga helps create body awareness and strength during pregnancy while preparing the body for labor and birth. Classes led by Janet Brown, LMT are fun, yet challenging. Each session runs for 5 weeks with each class being devoted to a topic related to pregnancy and birth.

Go to http://integrativehealthmassagetherapy.net for more information or to register.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Day Twenty-eight: Glad to Be Done So I Can Start Something New

I have an exciting month coming up. I have a lot to do before April. So I hope I can maintain my motiviation.

My sister has also decided to make March a good starting point. She is going to finally finish her book. What, yeah everyone knows some one who is writing a book. But the difference is my sister's is actually good. And I am not just saying that because she is my sister.

My sister has an uncanny knack for coming up with genius ideas and watching other people succeed with them. Another thing many people claim. But she is not claiming obvious things. She has a brilliant mind, she just doesn't use it to her potential.

It seems to be a running trend in our family. And I am not, by the way, alluding to myself. My grandmother could have been someone special to the world and not just my family. But she had limited education opportunities after high school and 12 kids. That puts a limit on what you can do. I wonder how her life would have been different if she had been a contemporary rather than my grandmother.

So here is to starting something new and succeeding. Because the last time my sister wrote a book she approached the book department of the law firm that she works at and they blew her off. A few months later a blockbuster movie came out that was the same story line to her book. There is no way she could have copied the idea, that much is clear. So the lawyer came back and said, "so have you got anything else?". She sure does...

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Day Twenty-six: Almost There

If I have learned anything from this NaBloPoMo it is this: I don't have enough to say to blog every day.

When I was pregnant with my daughter I could spend a few hours on Google Reader looking for interesting topics to blog about. I could research more. But now, I am lucky to get 30 minutes to devote to blogging. As I write this my kids are trying to get into at least 2 types of mischief.

So I am glad this is almost done. And I am glad February is the shortest month. Although, I am not sure 2 days would make or break me...

Friday, February 25, 2011

Day Twenty-five: DC Desrves Better

Politics. Living in DC you learn that, even if you do not care to have it be so, politics dominates much of the conversation around you. Local, national, international, it is all here. And the more I learn about it, the less I like.

Especially in the case of DC politics. I will not even try to describe the workings of DC government and its long history of turmoil. But I will say, from my perspective it seems I have not seen, in my almost 10 years here, a single person who really seemed to care about the entire city come into office. It seems like rhetoric and cronyism have dominated each and every person, regardless of race or socio-economic status. The face of DC politics in the rest of the nation is usually "Mayor for Life" Marion Barry. Doesn't speak well for the rest of us, eh?

I really enjoy living here. I do not enjoy being the butt of jokes. I do not enjoy hearing we cannot have statehood because "you can't even take care of yourselves". I would love to see DC flourish. And I would think, as the nation's capital, it would be in everyone's interest that it does.

Because this is really a very beautiful city. I live in the quaint and quirky Capitol Hill area (although there are those who would debate that I am actually in Capitol Hill...). Each day I drive through Ledroit Park and see the old houses coming alive once more. I drive into Dupont and Logan Circles. The houses, grand and beautiful. Every now and again I venture into Georgetown and marvel at the old buildings, still as beautiful as ever. And the residents of DC, diverse and marvelous. The ENTIRE city deserves better.