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defining a movement

My friend Laura asked me to make a video for the Mom 2.0 Summit art show that’s coming up in February.

And here it is!

Many thanks to Shutter Sisters for allowing me to use photos from the site.  And many thanks to the amazing photographers:  Karen Walrond, Jenny Lawson, Tracey Clark, Sarah Ji, Kristin Zecchinelli, Irene Nam, and Meredith Winn.

And here is the essay that I wrote for the video:

WHAT I WOULD TELL HER:  (If I knew what to say.)

You are a miracle.

And I have to love you this fiercely:  So that you can feel it even after you leave for school, or even while you are asleep, or even after your childhood becomes a memory.

You’ll forget all this when you grow up.  But it’s okay.

Being a mother means having your heart broken.

And it means loving and losing and falling apart and coming back together.

And it’s the best there is.  And also, sometimes, the worst.

Sometimes you won’t have anyone to talk to.

Sometimes you’ll wonder if you’ve forgotten who you are.

But you must remember this:  What you’re doing matters.

And you have to be brave with your life so that others can be brave with theirs.

The truth is, being a woman is a gift.  Tenderness is a gift.  Intimacy is a gift.  And nurturing the good in this world is a nothing short of a privilege.

That’s why I have to love you this way.  So I can give what I have to you.  So that you can carry it in your body and pass it on.

I have watched you sleep.  I’ve kissed you a million times.  And I know something that you don’t, yet:

You are writing the story of your only life every single minute of every day.

And my greatest hope for you, sweet child, is that I can teach you how to write a good one.


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what does beautiful look like to you?

Over at the amazing photography site Shutter Sisters, there’s a project going on.  It’s called the One Word Project.  Every month, they choose a new word and then folks post photos of their interpretations of that word.

This month, to celebrate the release of Everyone Is Beautiful, the One Word is “Beautiful.”  And Ballantine Books is giving away four Diana cameras over the course of the month–every Sunday.

I want to say, “It’s going to be incredible.” But guess what?  It already is!

Tracey Clark, who put this whole thing together, posted about it on Sunday to the Shutter Sisters community.  She wrote, “The book is awesome; perfectly written, insightful, hilarious and cut-to-the-heart tender,” and then she encouraged everyone to “muse on beauty, grab your cameras and see what kind of beautiful you can find through your lens.”  Now, already, there are over 300 photos up in the Flickr pool.  

I went to choose five of the photos that are already up to celebrate here, but there were so many great photos, I had trouble choosing.  So I just upped it to 10.  Which still isn’t enough.  

But here’s a sampling of what those amazing photographers can do with that one beautiful word:












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