Issue #29 Articles

All According to Plan: A Breech Homebirth Story

Our birth plan with Chase was rigid: Rose knew exactly how it would happen and exactly what she wanted. But life taught her that things do not always go according to plan. Little did we know that this lesson was going to be delivered in...

Onward and Upward: Living a Life Uncommon

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?” —Robert BrowningWouldn’t it be nice to be perfect? To have a perfect mind, a perfect body, a perfect life? To enjoy perfect health, perfect relationships, a perfect...

Playground Pioneers

Kids will destroy your life, reports Jeremy Adam Smith. But don’t worry, parents: You’ll get a new one.In the fall of 2005, I worked part-time and took care of my infant son for most of the day while my wife, Olli Doo, was at her job. We did...

The Sacred Genius of Generosity

The Sun, each second, transforms four million tons of itself into light, giving itself over to become energy that we, with every meal, partake of. For four million years, humans have been feasting on the Sun’s energy stored in the form of plants a...

Gratitude: Upgrade Your Life

We are always self-creating. When we focus our consciousness toward gratitude, beauty and communion, we weave peace into our very cells. This isn’t just flowery sentiment; this comes from leading-edge research in the fields of positive psychology a...

What a Body Knows: Does “Healthcare” Have Anything to do with Health?

The other day, an article on breastfeeding caught my eye. Apparently, some celebrities have recently boasted about breastfeeding’s bulge-burning benefits. The article offered a response, amassing anecdotes from women, asking: Is it true? On t...

Beyond the Fields we Know: The Risks of Genetically Modified Foods

Voices of the Non-GMO Movement A number of years ago I was giving a presentation at a Cambridge bookstore, and a young woman came up to me shortly beforehand. “I heard you on Coast to Coast radio last year,” she said. “Yo...

GMO Mythbusting

With the cost of food recently skyrocketing— hitting not just shoppers but the poor and hungry in the developing world—genetically modified foods are once again being promoted as the way to feed the world. But this is little short of a confidence...

A Message from our Editor, Issue #29 - A Woman's Intuition

A Woman's IntuitionFor centuries, a woman’s intuition was respected as a vital contribution to the health and well-being of her family. Our personal experiences through pregnancy and birth led us to trust in the natural processes of t...

Understanding and Applying the Intelligence of Play

Nurture the soil, and the seed grows fully with little attention. Neglect the soil, and the seed’s development is compromised at every step. Children are seeds. We are the soil, but we are often blind to our own lack of mentored development. I...

Underneath the Noise

The whisper that reassures us everything is okay delivers its message with quiet confidence. Once we hear it, we know it speaks the truth.You may have noticed that if you want to...

The Bread Trap

Bread is a vehicle. In a sandwich, it drives other food neatly and with little spillage into a bag or wrapper, into a lunchbox, and then into the mouth. A popular meal while driving, the sandwich can be sort of neatly eaten with one hand while the...

Teen Parenting: An Alternative Perspective

I was a teen parent in the late 1950s, when getting married was virtually the only way to go. I am so grateful now that abortion was not a viable option. My beautiful daughter turned fifty last year. She is a ceramic artist and mother to a young...

Pit of Despair

Pitocin has been described as a very useful drug that improved obstetrics and gave us options to induce labor and help women in ways we weren’t able to before. Pitocin has also been described as a seductive drug that changed obstetrics, increasing...

Head Over Heels for Barefooting

With all the great advancements in health and wellness our society has made, it is ironic that NS3 signs (“No shirt, no shoes, no service”) still exist. Some establishments, regardless of whether they’ve posted a sign or not, will even eject a good,...

Nighttime Breastfeeding: How Does it Affect Maternal Mental Health?

There is a movement afoot in childbirth education and perinatal health, urging mothers to avoid nighttime breastfeeding to decrease their risk for postpartum depression. We know that if mothers follow this advice, it will have a negative impact on...

Creating an Empowering Wellness Community

How can Gathering Groups peacefully and effectively discuss controversial issues?As Pathways Connect Gathering Groups are becoming established around the country, facilitators have begun to contribute their insights and ideas for the...

Cultivating Social Consciousness

What does it mean to be part of a greater whole? How does our worldview, or model of reality, impact what we understand about who we are and how we relate to others? And how can we become more aware of all the ways we are part of an interrelated,...

Building a Backyard Food Factory

Our backyard food factory.” That’s how our family refers to our small backyard vegetable garden. From just 500 square feet (a 20- by 25-foot patch), we enjoy a wealth of fresh vegetables for up to eight months of the year. Working in the garden is...