Sunday, August 02, 2015
  Pregnancy and Childbirth  
Waiting for Baby
Have you ever stopped and thought about the parallels between birth and death?

These were my thoughts of late, as I approached the birth of my second child. If you haven't found yourself pondering this lately it's probably because you're a normal non-pregnant person. For me, nothing puts thoughts like birth and death into clearer focus than the prospect of labor and delivery. ()
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Interview with Julie Geller: Mom, Singer, and Songwriter
Editor’s Note: Altcatholicah is committed to interfaith dialogue and fostering fruitful conversation about faith and gender. Here, Melissa Langsam Braunstein interviews a Jewish singer and songwriter about the challenges of balancing career and motherhood as well as about the role her faith plays in influencing her music.

Julie Geller is living her musical dream. The Denver-based mother of three children aged three to eleven, writes and performs her own music. Her melodies are catchy and her lyrics, whether Jewish or secular, are inspiring. She recently spoke with me about parenting, performing, and Passover. ()

  Lent in the East, Part II  
Sing “Alleluia”! Byzantine Lent & the Bright Sadness
Byzantine Lent is different.

For one thing, in the Eastern churches, you will hear “Alleluia” over and over again on Sunday and during the weekday services. The goal of Lent is to bring us closer to Him who is worthy of all praise, so why should we stop praising Him during the time of Bright Sadness? ()

Uncoupling with Gwyneth
I’ve been digesting the Gwenyth Paltrow/Chris Martin split over the last week. Also chicken, because almost immediately after receiving the news of the break-up in my inbox, GP sent me some very helpful advice on getting three whole meals out of one bird (yes, I am a total, loud and proud, unapologetic GOOP fan). Like many women my age, I have had a love/hate thing going on with Gwyneth Paltrow since the late 90s. Actually, for me it’s less black and white than love/hate—it's more along the lines of mixed emotions, a fantastic blend of utter fascination and smug disgust. ()

  Baby Health  
Breastfeeding Bullies
At a past prenatal visit, I saw a new midwife. Her exam room had all the usual distracting mobiles and soothing photos of crocuses and placid water birds. It also had, right on eye level as I leaned back on the paper-covered table, this photo (Warning: not for sensitive viewers). I was stunned—first, from the incredible insensitivity of displaying the image. At 38.5 weeks, I am barely keeping my head above the flood of a thousand anxieties about my baby, myself, my family. Maybe I’m a pampered American brat, but when I recline to hear my baby’s heartbeat, I don’t expect to be confronted with horrors. ()

The Bright Sadness Has Begun
The ancient church has wisdom different from what most American Catholics know.

The West views Lent as a time of penance, but in the East, it has always been the “Bright Sadness."


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