Posts from 2014

Wonder Weeks – Kelly Riolo, Ph.D.

Parenting Science: The Wonder Weeks — This theory is based on the idea that development occurs in a series of predictable “leaps” in which an infant’s understanding of the world is changed. The leaps are described as fussy periods and the book provides an explanation of what your baby may be experiencing during each […]

How Bottles Saved Breasfeeding – Kelly Riolo, Ph.D.

When I was pregnant, I knew I wanted was going to breastfeed. It wasn’t even an option. It’s what’s recommended by the CDC, AAP, and WHO. It’s natural. It’s the best. It was going to be easy. Except it wasn’t. Breastfeeding a newborn has been the most draining and exhausting parenting task I’ve faced so […]

Baby Language – Kelly Riolo, Ph.D.

Parenting Science: Dunston’s Baby Language The premise behind this theory is that there are specific universal vocal reflexes that account for five different cries made by newborns. Dunstan describes these sounds as pre-cry language and claims she has a photographic memory which allowed her to identify and decode these sounds. According to Dunstan, the five […]

Mourning the Birth Plan – Kelly Riolo, Ph.D.

When I was pregnant, I did all the “right” things to prepare for delivery. I read the books, went to childbirth class held by the hospital, discussed my preferences with my doctor, I hired a doula to help make sure I could have the labor experience I had hoped and prepared for. My birth plan […]

Mary’s Sabbatical Blog Post #4

September 20, 2014 When last I wrote we were preparing to leave the beautiful island of Iona. The next day, (August 9) we took the Iona ferry over to the island of Mull to spend the night there in order to catch the early morning ferry to the mainland of Scotland to allow time for […]

Mary’s Blog Post #3

We bid farewell to Worcester and the Malvern Hills on Sunday and began the second half of our journey by heading northeast to Yorkshire, where we spent a delightful two days touring and rambling around the Yorkshire Dales, taking in the James Herriot museum in Thirsk. I was enchanted to discover that the museum is […]

Saturday, August 2nd

The Three Choirs Festival ended this evening, and it had been my hope to write a little bit each day about our experiences, but the vagaries of internet connection and the incredibly busy schedule of the week have prevented me from my original plan. However, what follows is a recap of the past 6 days […]

Greetings from Worcester, England!

  Greetings from Worcester, England! We arrived at Heathrow early Friday morning and rented a car, drove to Oxford and had lunch with Bill’s cousin Liz and her husband Bill, and then had a lovely late afternoon drive through the Cotswolds on the way the Worcester. We stopped in Bourton-on-the-Water and strolled along the river […]

Faith in the Public Arena: An Experiment in Healing Prayer on a Suburban Sidewalk

  For the last three years, members of Epiphany have gone to public spaces like light rail stations, coffee shops, parks, street corners and shopping districts to offer the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday (for more info see for video link and written reflection). When people have asked about the experience, each year we’ve said things like, […]