January 26th, 2013



Advice? I don't have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you're writing, you're a writer. Write like you're a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there's no chance for a pardon. Write like you're clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you've got just one last thing to say, like you're a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God's sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we're not alone. Write like you have a message from the king. Or don't. Who knows, maybe you're one of the lucky ones who doesn't have to."

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

Men Go Through Simulated Labor


My thoughts as I watched this:

Only 2 hours? My hard labor was seven hours.

I couldn't scream like that because tensing up made the pain SO much worse. I had to just breathe through it. Having my midwife tell me how much longer it was going to be helped.

They are only getting abdominal pain; I had back labor and felt like my back was breaking in addition to the pain from the abdomen.

Glad they got some appreciation of what women go through--one man said he didn't want to ask his wife to go through this again.