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Birth to Grandmotherhood: Childrearing In Human Evolution

Reblog from UCTV University of California Television

They are the most precious product of humanity. Like all living things, they are why, at the most fundamental level, we exist — offspring. They are why a few thousand individuals spread out of Africa so many eons ago, and why we eventually populated every habitable environment on the planet.

So this time around, CARTA, The Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny asked, what role does childrearing have in making us human? Continue reading

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What We Learn Before We Are Born

An incredibly interesting TED talk on how learning, actually begins in the womb…
Annie Murphy Paul investigates how life in the womb shapes who we become.

Pop quiz: When does learning begin? Answer: Before we are born. Science writer Annie Murphy Paul talks through new research that shows how much we learn in the womb — from the list of our native language to our soon-to-be-favorite foods. Her book is entitled “Origins” Continue reading

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Still, The People’s Princess

I remember the day clearly. So many hearts around the world gasped; in different time zones but all at once and Time held its breath. The Princess’s life had come to an end. My mother was crying and I could not understand why because, my mother had never met her.

Upon becoming a mother she has come to mind often and I have developed a slow and steady fascination with Diana. I have begun to understand how powerful and intelligent Diana was. She was…is the role model that we can only hope will live on for generations to come, she is after all a timeless human being. Her elegance, her vulnerabilities, her philanthropic endeavors and the love for her sons and for people. Among our Instagram and Facebook worlds, much sifting is necessary to find those that emulate the caliber of person she was. Continue reading

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A Cesarean Scar, A Lifeline

LifeLine – This Scar Stays

It is the space of transition; from womb to the world. It is a door, an entrance through which a being enters the world, his path. His path has and shall further intertwine with countless paths of others, with places and spaces, experiences and memories. This line, this scar, this formation of fibrous connective tissue is the most meaningful space on my body, behind it a lifetime began. It is a lifeline. Continue reading

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Poem : A Giant at Two Feet

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Namaste,

…to carry another human being, that process of pregnancy  is such a multi-dimensional experience involving the environment, the body, the emotions of your mind, your intellect and in learning to love, a spiritual endeavour as well and Life. Writing became a grounding tool during pregnancy.Letters were written to Rocky as well as poems and perceptions of some experiences during pregnancy. I continue to write to this day and it proves still, to be a grounding tool. Maybe it can be that for you…

 

A Giant at Two Feet

You lift a finger.

You curl the ends of your lips.

Your knees grace the earth.

You gaze to find the moon.

You take a step

And

My

 Whole

World

Shakes.