Pamela writes: Whenever I think about my four granddaughters, all born between Michaelmas and Easter, I smile with deep joy and pleasure. Who would have thought that I would have the priceless opportunity to relive the wonders of birth and babyhood, to share in those seemingly moment-to-moment miraculous transformations as each of them has developed into healthy young girls - now 8, 6, 6, and 6. I have also rediscovered my own childhood from a new perspective as a grandmother, reminding me of my very first Anthroposopohical read back in 1972: A.C. Harwood’s The Recovery of Man in Childhood. Although it is a close call, in some ways, love is really lovelier the second (generation) time around...if nothing else, there is a bit more breather space for observation and a few less sleepless nights!
By Jaimmie Stugard
I believe in fairy godmothers because I have had the good fortune to meet one. He wasn't a sparkling lady with a giant grin and a magic wand. He was exactly the opposite.
I will be leaving my children with their daddy for the first time ever for a personal weekend trip away. In fact, I will be leaving my youngest on her 2nd birthday and will miss spending that special day with her. Why? I am heading to the first ever LifeWays Conference, Creating a Joyful Life with Children, May 18th in San Rafael, California! Though I’m a bit sad to miss Adella’s big day, I am so overjoyed to be a part of this celebration of an organization and community I passionately support.
Cynthia writes: It's happening! The conference we have been thinking about and hoping for over the past few years is coming to California this spring, co-sponsored by Marin Waldorf School!
Jane writes: Back when my now 17-year-old Gustav was a baby, I started going to a moms’ group at our church. We moms spanned a wide range of backgrounds: educational, economic, even religious. Our director picked a mothering book to read and we took turns presenting a chapter each week. We discussed the ideas presented and then gently widened the discussion. It was a wonderful circle of women and, though I loved them all dearly, I enjoyed leaving them all to that distinct group. They did not become my dear friends or movie companions. They were my moms’ group.
Part of that experience was a yearly retreat. One of the women offered her lovely house on Pewaukee Lake for a whole Saturday sometime during the Easter season. It was always a huge pain in the backside to arrange a whole day away from my kids and family, but as you would expect, I was always so glad I did it. It was a wonderful experience to spend one day reflecting on the question, “Why am I doing this?!”
Cynthia writes: There is a “My Favorite Birds Convention” going on in my backyard today. My “Christmas blend” birdseed is gifting them and me by bringing them so near on this cold winter afternoon. My soul is soothed by their vibrant color, nurtured by their shapes and sizes, and delighted by their movements. A self-invited squirrel has been welcomed in without restraint. Even the blue jays did not attempt to peck him away. Perhaps he is actually the convention’s entertainment act as he is ice skating across the birdbath. Or perhaps it is just what we do, we creatures of nature, in dire circumstances such as extreme cold: we share more readily, we open up (even momentarily) to each other’s need.
I am not a philosopher. I struggle my way through any philosophical writing, rereading paragraphs and chapters, mostly due to my obsessive nature and need to know, understand, and remember every morsel of what I read. I feel I need to be an expert after reading something, or I should just give up. That said, reading Rudolf Steiner’s work is a huge challenge for me, and I confess I haven’t read too much of his plethora of work.
The following is a response by Ana Bravo to the question: How have you used the LifeWays training and how well did it prepare you for your work or help your family life?
[NOTE: This insight from Faith seemed so timely, that I asked her if we could post it here. The letter originally went out to the members of Joyful Toddlers, as part of the ongoing support they receive from Faith. To learn more about the next Joyful Toddlers' Teleclass, starting Jan. 27, and membership opportunities, see www.joyfultoddlers.com.]
by Faith Collins:
Most of the people I know are not very interested in New Year's Resolutions; they either laugh a bit cynically, or they're against them altogether.
by Pamela Perkins
What value beyond personal enjoyment might there be for someone in her mid-sixties enrolling in a LifeWays training, especially someone who has ‘already been there’ with much of the content? Interestingly, the answers to this question arose only in retrospect, after I had finished my yearly round of the four sessions. When the initial opportunity to participate presented itself, my immediate and instinctive response was simply, spontaneously, “So how soon can I begin?” Through attending the four sessions on the mainland, I was looking forward to re-experiencing the seasons in the fullness of their contrast after so many years of the subtle transitions I had grown accustomed to in Hawaii. (At that time, the Hawaii training did not exist yet.)
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