A Valentine

Fused glass made at Pittsburgh Glass Center

Fused glass made at Pittsburgh Glass Center

 

For Valentine’s Day this year I went with my son to Pittsburgh’s Glass Center. We both made fused-glass Valentines. It was wonderful to do something new and creative with my son. We adore being able to participate in the urbane joys of city living. This is also a reminder to moms, use social media and talk to friends. There are so many ways to feel connected to each other. A happy mom makes a happy holiday!

Mothers Celebrated in Art

Valentine’s Day is almost here and I’d like to celebrate it by celebrating moms. It is a joy for me to be working with Mother’s, Babies, N’at and also with Shining Light Prenatal Education. Around the world and through the artistic ages, mothers have been celebrated in art. I’d like to share a few of them here. Sometimes, especially at a 3:00 AM feeding, mothering can be very lonely. And then too it seems like mothering is a skill and a craft our culture takes for granted and doesn’t value highly. Remember, mothers, you are valued! I hope this art will serve as a Valentine to remind you just how important you are, to your children and to us all.

This is a close-up of a Nereid from the fountain of Neptune in Bologna.

This is a close-up of a Nereid from the fountain of Neptune in Bologna.

 

"A Mother's Duty" by Pieter de Hooch (1629–after 1684) -  Show's a mother delousing her daughter's hair.

“A Mother’s Duty” by Pieter de Hooch (1629–after 1684) – Show’s a mother delousing her daughter’s hair.

 

Fritz Zuber-Buhler's Maternity.

Fritz Zuber-Buhler’s Maternity.

Renoir's "Mother and Child" 1882.

Renoir’s “Mother and Child” 1882.

Fountain of the Mothers in Macedonia.

Fountain of the Mothers in Macedonia.

Happy Groundhog Day!

Groundhog day

Those of us living in Pittsburgh take Groundhog Day seriously. Well, somewhat seriously, I mean, Punxutawney is close to Pittsburgh, so we’ve got to care. So Punxutawney Phil has seen his shadow and predicted that we will have six more weeks of winter. That puts the beginning of spring at March 20th or thereabouts, which is also known at the Vernal Equinox. This March 20th, we will have a special event, a total eclipse of the sun (not visible in Pittsburgh). What does all this mean for pregnant and breastfeeding moms? Remember to look  and see the natural beauty around you. Make the season part of your precious memories. To see an eclipse this year in Pittsburgh, go here.