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Creative Procrastination… thanks to YES! Magazine

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YES! Magazine – Journalism for People Building a Better World

Creative Procrastination

In the spirit of Austin Kleon, here I am, shamelessly plagiarizing pieces of the cover art from YES! Magazine, Spring 2020. I love making collages.

YES! Media is part of the Creative Commons movement, so I think borrowing this colorful art supports their work – as long as I give credit to their awesomeness…

Some days are tough to get through… some days I feel devoid of positive, creative ideas and momentum … I know it is out there … except it seems like the darkness hypnotizes me from seeking the light. Some days it is easier to give up and sink … and then I smack myself back into focus to welcome any steadying influences to steer my little boat through turbulent waters.

Seeking inspiration

So, here I am sitting at my keyboard, doing this Photoshop thing, this text-edit thing, this WordPress thing, trying to turn my focus back toward solutions, rather than fixating on the shit.


Right when I needed it, here in my snail mail came YES!

The cover alone buoys my spirits. I am delighted to play with this colorful art after several weeks of complicated drudgery and fielding ridiculously selfish client demands.

If you are looking for a bright spot, check out YES! Magazine

In this fractured reality, it is essential to support visionary sources that help us to understand new perspectives, to build bridges of healing and connection in our polarized society. YES! wants to know what inspires us, what makes us think, and how we are working to better our beautiful planet.

A sample of this issue includes topics such as “Future of Food: The Search for Planet-Friendly Protein”; “What Public Banks can do for Everyday People”; “5 Visions for a Just, Sustainable Compassionate Future”; “The Language of Antiracism, an Illustrated Glossary.”

I don’t work for YES! (I wish I did!). It’s just that today is a good day. So smile. Do something kind. Be generous. Do something just for fun. It’s good to laugh, to stretch, to breathe. And read something positive!

What Truly Matters

Montage – Inverness Dance Party

Montage – Racing and skipping on a stormy day!

In my personal life, what truly matters is quality time spent with my family. Happily, this is a priority that we all share.

This playful and joyous image evokes the natural energy of a cold, wind-whipped California coastline and the splendor of romping on Drake Beach on Inverness!  Powerful medicine!  Three generations of strong-willed women exploding with heartful joy!

 

 

Montage – Zoe and Lili Go Flying

Montage – Zoe and Lili Go Flying

In this image, my dear ones delight in play, as mother and babe roll on the floor and I crouched nearby with a camera.

Such sweet, small, daily moments take on special significance when embroidered with sincerity and thoughtfulness. This montage consists of five different images and hints of fantasy destinations of imagination. Oh, how far we can go in play!

 

“When we as a society begin to value mothers as the givers and supporters of life, then we will see social change in ways that matter.”

Wise words from Ina May Gaskin – midwife, author, women’s advocate, sage.

 


More on Ina May Gaskin:

Montage Spiritual MidwiferyI have always admired Ina May. Now 78 years old, she is an inspiration. Her life’s passion has been to support the experiences of pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding from a natural and spiritual perspective, rather than the standard clinical viewpoint.

In 1971, Ina May, with her husband Stephen Gaskin, founded a commune called The Farm located near Summertown, Tennessee.

In Tennessee, she and her fellow midwives established The Farm Midwifery Center where she served as its Director. It was one of the first out-of-hospital birthing centers in the USA. By 2011, the Farm Midwifery Center had handled approximately 3000 births, with remarkably good outcomes. Ms. Gaskin herself has attended more than 1200 births.

The work of Gaskin and the midwives might not have had such impact if it hadn’t been for the publication of her book, Spiritual Midwifery. I treasure my own worn copy.

Considered a seminal work, this book made Ina May a recognizable entity, revered widely as a respected teacher in homebirth and midwifery circles. Spiritual Midwifery is acknowledged as a “classical text on midwifery” with a “lasting impact”.

 

More publications by Ina May:

  • For twenty-two years she published Birth Gazette, a quarterly covering health care, childbirth, and midwifery issues
  • 2003 – Guide to Childbirth was released and has since been translated into Italian, Slovenian, German, and French
  • 2009 – Guide to Breastfeeding
  • 2011 – Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta

In 2011, Ina May won the Right Livelihood Award “for her whole life’s work teaching and advocating safe, woman-centered childbirth methods that best promote the physical and mental health of mother and child.”

Barbara Katz Rothman, Sociologist and Author declared,

“It’s not just the making of babies, but the making of mothers that midwives see as the miracle of birth.”

Time and Space

Photobombing – Photoshop Montage – Jesse & Jaime go flying!

With all of the great photos I have at hand, there are many opportunities to have fun … SO… pardon me.
It’s time for …

Photobombing!!

As you roam abroad, so far away, you are always in my heart.

Travel safely!  Spread goodwill and creativity – and return to me with fond tales to tell.

 

In the words of Mohammed,

…Don’t tell me how educated you are,
tell me how much you have travelled!

 

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