This week's Five Star roundup is brought to you by the mind and the body, one of the reasons why feminism matters, a child with Down Syndrome, a brilliant way of prioritizing based on your natural interests and values, a home birth, and Jeff VanderMeer:
There is something foolish and western about referring to the body, mind and heart as different things. As though there’s an "it" and an "I." I know they are inseparable , and yet "I" am often aware of them, separately.
Because saying NO to others is not enough sometimes. We need comrades and partners, sisters and brothers, friends and family to help us raise the volume, build our muscles, dance our dance...
Life has a funny way of getting in its own way: we get so busy, sometimes we forget to look up.
That's why every now and then it's important to take a step back and check in: How are we doing? Where are we going? What’s important now that perhaps wasn't before?
Down syndrome for us will always float somewhere between "It is what it is" and "It is what you make it." Like any parent of any child, we love our child just the way she is...and we'd love for her to reach her full potential which takes some pushing for all of us.
She calmed me. Her head, smelling like water and raw steak, and wrinkled body, pressed to my chest, brought me back, out of the panic.
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