A Tail to Tell

A tale is born from an image, and the image extends and creates a network of meanings that are always equivocal. Italo Calvino

A Tail to Tell

Does Garlic Work On Energy Vampires?

Did the title make you doubt my sanity? Haha! It will all make sense as you read on. I have been listening to this fascinating podcast over the past …

Does Garlic Work On Energy Vampires?

of giants, glaciers, stone, and wolves.

Kummakivi Balancing Rock This rock stands in the middle of the forest balancing on another much smaller rock. There is a legend that the rock was …

of giants, glaciers, stone, and wolves.

Spotlight Poetry – Hear the Hurry of the Bells – A poem by Goff James

© Luka Kapanadze, The Bell, 2013 Hear the Hurry of the Bells by Goff James Robed in hymns and psalmsHear the hurry of the bellsHow the faithful …

Spotlight Poetry – Hear the Hurry of the Bells – A poem by Goff James

Auguries of True Autumn

Autumn scene of cattle drinking from the Saco River, Maine, painted by Albert Bierstadt, ca. 1858. Auguries of True Autumn If you listenfrom beneath …

Auguries of True Autumn

#ThorsDaySmile – #Humor – #AmLaughing

Thor told me he wanted animals today, but that he was getting a little bit bored with mere cats and dogs. Well, who am I to argue with the God of …

#ThorsDaySmile – #Humor – #AmLaughing

The “Real” Jesus

I left the following comment on Steve’s blog in response to one of his recent posts. As I was reading it back to myself, I thought it might be fun to…

The “Real” Jesus

The Damaging Effects of FAS and PPD in the Womb and What Society Needs to Do About It

The two conditions that I chose to elaborate on for Child Development in college were fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and postpartum depression (PPD). PPD occurs when a new mother experiences extreme sadness, feeling helpless, like they are not a good enough mother, everything regarding the care of a baby seems too much, feelings of guilt, and unworthiness are present 2 to 3 months after a woman has a baby. FAS is a bunch of birth defects that can be caused by a woman consuming alcohol while pregnant.

I chose these two because I feel as if people do not take these as seriously as they should especially with postpartum depression and FAS is often treated too late. It is our job as a society to make sure that these conditions are not only prevented but are properly diagnosed and the proper steps are taken to help the individual who is suffering. When PPD is present a lot of the time it’s difficult to be diagnosed because of baby blues, which is a very mild form of postpartum depression and usually goes away with time. This causes doctors to dismiss the symptoms of postpartum depression and the woman does not receive the proper treatment.

We need to start advocating for the actual seriousness of this problem. When birth hormones decrease, 8-15 percent of women experience the symptom of PPD. The new mother could even experience thoughts of suicide, drug abuse, harming her baby, or neglecting her baby. This could have a major impact on the development of a child. If postpartum depression goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed that child could end up harmed, neglected, emotionally scarred, or even worse.

FAS can cause horrible defects like abnormal facial characteristics, and stunted growth both physically and mentally. I think it’s extremely important to address this especially because we want to assume that this is a mother’s choice and won’t acknowledge that alcoholism is a disease whether the person is pregnant or not. We should be treating it as a disease. We need to be giving women better resources to find help and seek treatment and we need to have less bias in medicine, so that when these things are reported they get taken seriously and not when it’s too late

“One Last Look”, nothing is what it seems

A single event can have enormous consequences. A single event driven by fate, after Ben told his wife Charlotte he would be late home one night, he …

“One Last Look”, nothing is what it seems