Monthly Archives: November 2014

Riding cranes, freshly oiled, awaiting casters

These Riding Cranes are destined to be under trimmed fir trees soon. They are complete except for their casters that allow mobility over rough “construction” sites.

 Riding Crane Group 1Riding Crane Group 2

They were friends, as only a craftsman can be, with timber and iron.

The grain of the wood told secrets to them.

George Sturt – The Wheelwright’s Shop

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Our ‘Mommy’ problem

One Mom I know says HEATHER HAVRILESKY has some interesting points in her recent Times piece. What do you think?

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WHEN I hear someone telling an expectant mother that having a baby will turn her into a new person, I can’t help but imagine a pathologically optimistic weather forecaster brightly warning that an oncoming tornado is about to give a town “an extreme makeover.” Becoming a mother doesn’t change you so much as violently refurbish you, even though you’re still the same underneath it all.

That can be hard to remember when teachers, coaches, pediatricians and strangers alike suddenly stop addressing you by your name, or even “ma’am” or “lady,” and start calling you “Mom.” You’ll feel like a new person, all right — a new person you don’t necessarily know or recognize.

Motherhood is no longer viewed as simply a relationship with your children, a role you play at home and at school, or even a hallowed institution. Motherhood has been elevated — or perhaps demoted — to the realm of lifestyle, an all-encompassing identity with demands and expectations that eclipse everything else in a woman’s life.

“Bunch of mommies cutting loose, huh?”

Some female friends and I were having a drink at a bar recently when a male stranger hailed us with this line… More

As it stands, motherhood is a sort of wilderness through which each woman hacks her way, part martyr, part pioneer; a turn of events from which some women derive feelings of heroism, while others experience a sense of exile from the world they knew.
Rachel Cusk

Motherhood has completely changed me. It’s just about like the most completely humbling experience that I’ve ever had. I think that it puts you in your place because it really forces you to address the issues that you claim to believe in and if you can’t stand up to those principles when you’re raising a child, forget it.
Diane Keaton

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