Newsletter: October 1999
Life is Good!
Catherine Young, founder of The Compleat Mother, had a mastectomy recently. She wrote me that her doctor is “drop dead gorgeous”. Catherine is doing just fine but she will be recuperating for a few more weeks before she is back to full speed, I suspect. You can reach Catherine in email at [email protected] if you like. I am sure she would be more than happy to hear from you. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Here is a piece by Catherine Young from the Spring, 1996 Compleat Mother magazine which I think you will enjoy. from "Mother to Mother" An extended family of Mennonites walked my land in October and declared it spoke to their hearts as home. Over squash and Swiss chard from the garden they made an offer and finalized the deal while we all sipped raspberry leaf tea. So we’re moving. Our new farm is 157 acres, one quarter of which is a maple, ash and tamarack forest. There’s a big frame four bedroom house with two staircases and a walk-up attic to house various publishing projects and drying raspberry leaves. It is an hour south of here, closer to the big cities, but more important, nearby a man who walked into my heart last winter, and declared it spoke to his, loud and clear. I met a woman in my new community, pregnant with her first child, whose sister, two aunts, mother and grandmother had all suffered from breast cancer. None had told her, between pap smears or breast examinations that breastfeeding would offer her protection from the disease that visits one in nine Canadian women. no doctor advised her to nurse her child one year so she would be 40% less likely to have a tumor, breast removed or early death. No nurse explained that if she nursed one or two children a total of two years, she would be 66% less likely to have yellow daffodils by her coffin and requests for donations to the Cancer Society in her memory. I do believe in miracles, now. One midnight when I was freshly single with a three-year-old that had just weaned, we were frightened by a pair of flying bats. We all screamed and called the fire department who said they would come over as soon as our house was in flames. I called a carpenter who said he would be there, for $25 an hour, first think in the morning. Enraged, I heaved one bat out the door on the bristles of a broom. The second uninvited radar-possessing mammal was pushed into a plastic bag, which was tied three time, tight. Another bag covered the first with three more hard knots and a third bag completed the incarceration, with three more knots. The package was deposited on the front door step until morning. A dozen kids gathered with my children, anxious to see the creature that had terrorized us earlier with its membranous wings and upside down posture from the curtain rod. I opened the first round of knots and removed the second bag. Three difficult knots later and we were at the first bag. These were terribly tight, one came loose, another eased open, and the third allowed a good look at ____ nothing. The bat was gone. It had disappeared. Life seems fair today. There is a man who makes me smile through blizzards. Breastfeeding is the answer to many of our culture’s ills, and from time to time, evil disappears before our eyes. This morning, the Canadian Cancer Society announced they will advise breastfeeding protects us from breast cancer. <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> PLEASE VISIT OUR SPONSORS' SITES SHOWN HERE. They help keep our website alive and well: **************** Holiday Shopping at it's Best! Don't miss the 1999 online Holiday Trade Show! 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