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.

Small acts make a difference.

The walk to the gym and to the local drugstore is short; I like being able to walk instead of using my car. Even when it is raining or snowing, I walk. Trash litters the roadside: candy wrappers, cigar and cigarette boxes, fast food bags, soda and water bottles. As I walk along, I pick.. read more →

We need a new health services delivery system. ASAP!!

Today, I listened to an episode of Kimberly Seals Allers’ podcast, Birthright. https://birthrightpodcast.com/podcast/season-2-episode-10-finding-joy-for-black-birth-workers-black-doulas-speak-out/ In it, Black doulas from across the country describe a situation that I experienced myself just this morning, in a TennCareConnect webinar about Tennessee medicaid’s new reimbursement process for lactation counselors and consultants. Both the podcast and the webinar reminded me of 1989,.. read more →

Family legacy

Today, my brain wandered while I vacuumed my house. As I chased away the dirt and dust of the past week, I started thinking about my mother’s parents and all the things they told me when I was very young. My Confederate grandparents were given an oral history about our family from their own grandparents,.. read more →

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 →