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December 05, 2004


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I loved this post. I am trying so hard to start reading again, but it is proving difficult. Whenever a calm moment overtakes my boys and I try to sneak in a page or two, or God forbid get some knitting done (I have been working on the same gauge swatch for, oh, three weeks!) or even worse write an email, chaos ensues.

I just read most of Spiritual Midwifery, which was a trip and a half. I would love to read Guide to Childbirth, which I should remember to reserve online and the library.

I have read Travelling Mercies (welcome to borrow my copy if you like) and am interested to see your response. Anne Lamott has some great insights, but she still bugs me a lot from time to time. I haven't totally put my finger on it.
I still adore Kathleen Norris' Cloister Walk--it's getting about time to reread it methinks. I am also enjoying Madeline L'Engle's Glimpes of Grace.

Glad to hear that someone else enjoys a little DRAMA as much as I do. ;)

I loved reading Ina May's Guide to Childbirth. I thought it was inspirational. It made me feel good about my body and it's ability to birth my baby.

I'm reading Ina May's Guide as well! My friend just got pregnant and I'm going to recommend it to her.

I read Traveling Mercies, too. I liked it a lot and enjoy Anne Lamott's memior writing. One thing that has bothered me in her writing is her frequent use of cliche when describing matters of faith. But over all I find her to be a good writer.

I like Kathleen Norris as well. I've read The Cloister Walk, Dakota, and Amazing Grace. They have all been excellent.

Wow, you ladies sure read a lot!! Last book I read was a Tom Clancy book my husband brought home. Something about a tiger's teeth and rear end!

I didn't read any birthing books with this pregnancy, so I'm happy to see these references. I think I might be going into labor tonight and think it would be dandy to have an Immaculate Conception baby!

I've been leary of getting too smug/satisfied with my last really great birth...hoping all goes as well with this one and it's good to see your comments on women and natural childbirth.

Dads ought to be at births when they are a support, but I think the dads who are more scared/nervous/powerless might be better downstairs in the waiting/living room. In my perfect world, all the dads would be happy to be in the room, offering their love and support to their wives, knowing that that is the best way to "fix" her pain. Lucky for me, that's the kind of husband I have!!

Jamie, I'm sure glad that you have the self control of a gnat! (um, that was something that you said, right? And not me just insulting you?) I was not liking the scarcity of new blogs from your neck of the woods.


I'm in Ina May's guide - in the birth stories at the front. I am not there as a mom but as a supportive L&D nurse in a hospital birth - look for me!
I remember that when Ina May was thinking through the book she asked me if it was OK to include my name and I said absolutely. I love Ina May, she is so calm and balanced and yet gets appropriately outraged. I pray for her conversion.

When you finish Adam Bede, *please* post your thoughts; I have a strong affection for this book, and would like to read your take on it.

Will do, Denise.

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