The First (and the only) Mindful Monday

I don’t ever do a mindful Monday, but a friend sent this quote to me the other day around blood, vibration and motherhood. She was at an event, and this passage was read, and it made her think of my novel, Claire Never Ending. (I’m quite honoured that she made such a wonderful connection). I read the passage and it made me think: DAMN THAT’S POWERFUL. Now it’s your turn to read it and feel your own response. I’ll link to the origin of the post below.

It is often said that the first sound we hear in the womb is our mother’s heartbeat. Actually, the first sound to vibrate our newly developed hearing apparatus is the pulse of our mother’s blood through her veins and arteries. We vibrate to that primordial rhythm even before we have ears to hear. Before we were conceived, we existed in part as an egg in our mother’s ovary. All the eggs a woman will ever carry form in her ovaries while she is a four-month-old fetus in the womb of her mother. This means our cellular life as an egg begins in the womb of our grandmother. Each of us spent five months in our grandmother’s womb and she in turn formed within the womb of her grandmother. We vibrate to the rhythms of our mother’s blood before she herself is born. And this pulse is the thread of blood that runs all the way back through the grandmothers to the first mother. We all share the blood of the first mother – we are truly children of one blood.

Layne Redmond

From When the Women were Drummers,
found on Gaiman Life

P.S. Did you ever consider how you originated in your grandmother? This is some literal linkage here! And the vibrating! I’ll say it’s the ripples of Claire, but you can call it whatever you like. :)


How to start a podcast

Here’s a touch of happy news. My article “8 Simple Tips for Starting a Podcast (from a total amateur)” was picked up as a featured post over on BlogHer. Love it! Please let me brag for just one moment with some pride, when I say this is my 3rd featured post! This makes me feel pretty darn good.

Read 8 Simple Tips for Starting a Podcast

Image: Patrick Breitenbach via Flickr


Other past featured posts include:

25 Reason Why I Love the Internet


10 Thinks To Do While Waiting For Test Results

(Apparently, lists are a good thing)

Easter and Expectations

Happy Easter ;) For awhile there I thought spring had finally arrived, but nope, not quite yet! The Easter bunny had to wear snow boots this morning.

So the apartment is crazy. Yeah, we are still here. At least, our stuff is still here. The official get-out-already date is April 12th. That’s when we have muscle lined up to come in and help carry boxes down the street to my friend’s basement. Muscle = my two brothers and my dad’s truck.

The funny thing about this move is that we don’t know what will happen next. Will we leave the country for vacation soon? Will we need to get an apartment before the fall? Will I be on a plane defying logic and jetlag as I fly back and forth between Montreal and Budapest (and can that be managed? Zsolt thinks it is crazy, I think it is brilliant. Except for the actual flying…flying is not fun.)

Many things are up in the air. We’ve both decide we will be hitting up Hungary this summer, it’s really the when and the ‘how long’ that are in question. My parents reckon we should simply take off and let lake Balaton feed my soul. I want to get onto this study Dr Canada had mentioned.

Speaking of which, I’ll need to call him this week to chase it up.

Day have been passing by. I breathe in and out and think ‘hey, no trouble there’ and try to image the cancer cells melting away into nothingness. It’s a blessing to be able to mostly ignore the situation…I mean, I don’t ignore it, but I try to ignore it as much as possible when I’m not doing something about it. I try to focus on other things.

Other things… yeah… my attention has been jumping between projects. One second I’m packing. Next I’m editing audio (my latest thing). Then I’m researching this article. Now I’m going out to meet a friend. Then, finally, I settle down and do actual work.

The other day I was listening to This American Life, and there was this episode about Batman. Except it was more bat man… and they guy wasn’t a bat at all. The show shared a story of a fellow who lost his sight as a young boy. But now, as a grown man… well, he says he can see. He says, he grew up seeing the world through clicks – like bats use sound to see. And he has done this for so long, that now he can actually see things, shapes of sorts, even thought he literally has no eyes. When in an MRI, he mind lights up just like yours or mine would when being told to watch a passing object.

INCREDIBLE. Listen here.

The point being: He has defied general expectation simply because he never agreed with it in the first place. He’s taught himself to see again. This to me is remarkable. His beliefs and consequent actions made something happen that was never thought possible.

No time to finish that thought! It’s off for a family meal in Kanata.

Happy Easter!!!