September 2011

What Pregnancy Taught Me About My Body or Shhh, Your Body Is Talking…

I’ve been pregnant six times and have four children. My last pregnancy (with our fourth child) ended 6 years, 51 weeks and 5 days after the first pregnancy (with our first child) began. That’s a heck of a lot of intense physicality to put your body through in a short time. But there you have it. Call […]

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Mothering Me In My Mothering

“There is nothing like walking into a room of women where you feel completely safe and loved.” After a day of being bombarded by global problems and being inspired by some of the solutions at last week’s Social Good Summit for United Nations Week, I popped by my old church congregation to a lovely gathering […]

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When Mandela Asks…

  Have you ever been with Mandela and he asked you to do something?” Archbishop Desmond Tutu on forming The Elders council. Mandela asked me to do something once too, along with 1,000 others crammed into St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney, Australia where he was honored at an ecumenical service. He called us to action, […]

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Ch-ch-ch-changes

  Work life reform and social good are two parts of the same whole.” As I have dived deeper and deeper into the work life balance conversation, particularly in an American context, I have not been able to hide my shock and anger at the language I find surrounding mothers in the formal workplace. Denigrating, […]

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The Moment of Connection, The Moment When You Care

For Christy Turlington Burns, it was hemorrhaging after delivering a child and realizing that without stellar medical care, she would have died. For Heather Armstrong, it was researching natural childbirth as she prepared to deliver her second child, and being horrified at what some elements of Western medicine had done to it. It prompted her […]

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Be A Planet-Changing Force For Social Goodness

Join When You Wake Up A Mother in New York this week from the UN Foundation Mashable 92 St Y Social Good Summit to learn about the interplay of technology and social media in solving the world’s biggest problems. Gathering for United Nations Week are not only the world’s leaders, but the world’s most passionate […]

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On That Day

My daughter was born on the first anniversary of 9/11, right as the hospital had a moment’s silence for the first tower falling. What was more unusual, especially for a first child, is that her due date was 9/11. In 2002, living in New York, that was a shocking answer to the excited question “when […]

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