I am excited to become part of this Joyful Cacophony and eager that the spirit engendered by my fellow writers will keep me an active contributor of my thoughts, words and ideas!
On the dented rear bumper of my little blue car, there is a sticker that says, “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” This quote is attributed to a woman named Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, who wrote it in an obscure article as a graduate student in the 1970s. By chance, the quote became a slogan and caused Ulrich to author a book of woman’s history by the same title, sparking a renaissance in the study of history.
In a similar way, that bumper sticker quote has caused me to start my own renaissance – a renewal or rebirth of a culture and learning. Now more than ever, I seek to challenge the status quo and “the way things have always been done” (one of the signs of being raised by hippy parents). My hippy parents also homeschooled me and taught me to do things like grow food organically and sort recyclables before being green was even a thing. I lost sight of those values for a few years and tried conform to “society” and become as “normal” as possible. Now I am returning to the knowledge I have always had and discovering, through the people around me and role models who inspire me, that there are much simpler, often better, ways of doing things – ways that could make history and change the world. Pleasantly, by doing so, my friends & family have become my society and I no longer feel the need to conform – I am more ME than I have ever been.
With that, I plan to share my rediscoveries or my new discoveries and my thoughts, feelings and opinions about them on my little soapbox here. I’d welcome your comments and discussion too! I have degrees in nursing and anthropology and hope to become a homebirth nurse-midwife someday. I plan to post on topics such as health & wellness, nutrition, birth & babies (even though I have none!), being environmentally friendly and whatever else catches my eye and inspires me.