“The imposition of physical reluctance upon the self”… gaman (我慢) is one of those Japanese words that doesn’t translate neatly into English. Deeply-ingrained in the Japanese culture from Zen-Buddhist virtues, gaman means “enduring the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity”…in silence. Keeping your private affairs, problems, and complaints silent demonstrates strength and politeness. The idea is you are are rising above poor behavior or difficult […]
Father’s Day tends to be a tough day in my heart. But, today feels different…thanks to my daughter and the man she calls “Dada”. Call it a gift of motherhood. A reliving of sorts. I’m able to access softness in a place that was previously hard, light where there was darkness, love where there was pain, and […]
My first memory of Dominick was watching him play Little League…he was 10 and I fell in love with him there. I never realized how scary baseball must be…that dual dynamic of both team and individual performance in one sport. I think I held my breath every time he went up to bat, but the […]
My top priority was not to get pregnant…it was to be healthy myself. I felt strongly against any chemical orchestrating or manipulation of my body for pregnancy. Literally, “Mommy first”!
Shift happens, but it is our ability to shift that breeds empowerment.
One year of huge change…in both of us. That’s why I feel this birthday is just as much my time to celebrate life as it hers. I’m the woman who didn’t believe I was destined for motherhood…who would have signed the petition for baby-free planes…who never experienced the baby bug or a desire to hold […]