Blog: Morning ThoughtsThere are always new stories and new ideas. The stories come from mothers, babies, and research. The ideas come from me, based on 46+ years of clinical practice, and observation. The ideas arrive mostly in the morning. Hence the category: Morning Thoughts.

If YOU have a story to share, contact me and I will put it up.

Sexiest woman in the world.

The magazine Maxim has just announced this year’s Sexiest Woman in the World. The true meaning of this title has finally hit me. I have struggled for most of my life to look attractive or good, almost always feeling wrong when I looked in a mirror. My own eyes were severe judges, always comparing and.. read more →

Good things from bad. Twice in one day.

A golden crown on a back molar fell off last week; today, I went to the dentist to have it fixed. There was decay under the crown that will require taking out the old cement, then drilling out the decay, filling the cavity, then putting on a temporary crown until the permanent one is ready… read more →

One person at a time.

I dream of doing something big to rid the world of racism, to rid my country of racism, to rid myself of racism. “A vision of us getting along” is the title of a presentation I have started to give to audiences, in order to live my dream. I feel called on to step up,.. read more →

Roots of bias about obesity.

My basic nursing education was in collegiate program from 1968 to 1972. I will always remember several patients assigned to me. One was Mrs. L, who was admitted in 1970 to the medical ICU for what was  then called Pickwickian Syndrome. Today it is called: obesity-hypoventilation syndrome, and consists of the triad of obesity, sleep.. read more →

May 14, 2022 March for Choice

Today was a sunny and warm May Saturday.  I dusted off the button I wore 50 years ago in my first protest marches, and put it on my hat. I had saved the button for half a century, thinking that my kids would be interested in a relic of the ancient, restrictive past. I never.. read more →

Breastfeeding in the 21st century.

How can breastfeeding work well when 23% of mothers are back to work within 2 weeks of giving birth, with the average length of time for maternity leave being 10 weeks? Here’s how:  breastfeed exclusively for as long as you can, sleep safely with your nursing baby, learn about your breast pump so that.. read more →