Happy Easter and Welcome Spring!

hairy bitter cress Easter

This Hairy bitter cress was blooming at Easter.

coltsfoot on Easter

This golden coltsfoot was blooming on Easter

Easterglass

My son and I made fused glass eggs at the Pittsburgh Glass Center.

Today we had our Easter fun in Pittsburgh. We had an egg hunt and a family dinner. We noted the tiny flowers that were blooming outside and welcomed spring.

Another spring opening is happening, too. Deena Blumenfeld is working with me to start a new and exciting doula group, Shining Light Doulas. I’m going to be the doula coordinator. We’re both very excited to start this new endeavor!

 

 

 

 

 

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.