Gate A-4

This… timely and beautiful.

Live & Learn


Gate A-4 By Naomi Shihab Nye:

Wandering around the Albuquerque Airport Terminal, after learning my flight had been delayed four hours, I heard an announcement: “If anyone in the vicinity of Gate A-4 understands any Arabic, please come to the gate immediately.” Well— one pauses these days. Gate A-4 was my own gate. I went there.

An older woman in full traditional Palestinian embroidered dress, just like my grandma wore, was crumpled to the floor, wailing. “Help,” said the flight agent. “Talk to her . What is her problem? We told her the flight was going to be late and she did this.”

I stooped to put my arm around the woman and spoke haltingly. “Shu-dow-a, shu-bid-uck, habibti? Stani schway, min fadlick, shu-bit-se-wee?” The minute she heard any words she knew, however poorly used, she stopped crying. She thought the flight had been cancelled entirely. She needed to be…

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Christians and Coffee Cups

Food… errrr, coffee for thought!

Emily C. Heath

It’s early November and already this year’s installment of the so-called “War on Christmas” has begun. All over social media I’m seeing rants from angry Christians who are trying to “Keep Christ in Christmas”. And the first volley of shots has already been launched against an unlikely target: Starbucks.

Apparently people are mad that the seasonal cups at Starbucks this year are just plain red. No mention of Christmas or Jesus at all. And, clearly that means that Christians are being persecuted. I mean, my faith is just destroyed if I don’t get my venti blonde roast with room for milk in a cup that features the name of my Lord and Savior.

So, obviously I think this is a little ridiculous. Because, Christians, I promise you that Starbucks red cups are not going to destroy the Christian faith. Seriously, the Roman Empire couldn’t do it, and they could kill…

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Day 5 – Epic Summer Roadtrip with Momma – Guest post

Today’s guest post is by another 11 year old granddaughter, Faelynn. 

June 29, 2015 Sunday

Today we ate Fruity Pebbles for breakfast. Then we went to Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden and then we went on a carousel. 

Now we’re in a museum called The National Museum of American History. We ate lunch at the cafeteria part of the museum. Then we went on a 3-D simulator in the museum which was fun cause it felt like we were on a roller coaster. Now we’re walking around the museum…

Now we’re at a museum called The National Museum of Natural History. It’s soo cool! Tonight we’re go to Boltz Burgers again. Yummy!




















Sadie sketching next to another sketcher. 

 This last photo is of me and Pam. Pam is my friend Natalie’s friend and we were both on The Mall at the same time. We had never met. So we both stopped what we were doing, met at the Carousel, Sadie snapped the pic and we were all on our way, in under 3 minutes! We have a lot in common and I look forward to spending more than 3 minutes with her in the near future!

Day 4 – Epic Summer Roadtrip with Momma – Guest post

Today’s post is a guest post by my 11 year old grandgirlie, Sadie Rose!

June 27th, 2015

Today I woke up Soooooo tired!!! but I think I’m up now because we’re eating breakfast!! XD! But I’m SO hungry, so I’m having waffles, bacon and orange juice. So Yum! 

We just finished looking at the Woman’s art Museum and now we’re watching something at the Indian Museum. We’re waiting for something to happen. The show is going to be about the Indians, there is three girls and two boys. They’re doing the introduction and singing. 

We went into a gaming center type of thing for Indian culture. So here’s a drawing of a tipi:

The SPace Museum was so cool!!! Did you know The Night at the Museum sequel was partly filmed in the Space Museum?

I had chicken tenders for dinner with a side of fries, you probably know what I had for a drink… LoL! 

I can’t wait to see you guys again, I love you guys to the moon and back!

I had dessert tonight and it was a vanilla ice cream cone with chocolate drizzled on top with peanut bits. It was A – to the M – to the Azing! Yummy!!! Right now we’re watching Dispicable Me.  



The End… Sadie Rose

Day 2 – Epic Summer Roadtrip with Momma

Up early and Teri and I made a yummy breakfast of eggs, bacon, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple and cherries. 

Bags packed, hugs and thanks given and back on the road! We stopped at the borders of FL/GA and GA/SC. And a long stop at South of the Border!

I have so many fond memories of SOB. I’ve stayed at the carport motel several times (the last time with my friend Julie and her kids Jonah and Avery and our “niece” Aja Raine in 2003 on a very similar road trip). 

While there we visited the Reptile Museum that had lots of gators, crocs, snakes and other critters. We had a great time feeding the little gators. 

We then stayed the night in the grubbiest Days Inn EVER, in Raleigh, NC. They aren’t going to be happy with my review. We all woke up with smokers cough this morning! LOL

Pizza Hut for dinner for the kids. Asleep by 10!


Day 1 – Epic Summer Roadtrip with Momma

And we’re off! I’ve loaded up my brand new 2015 Ford Escape for an epic 21 day East Coast Roadtrip with 3 of my grandgirlies. 

Day 1 took us from home in Stuart, FL to a fun 5 hours in St. Augustine. We parked in the garage at the Visitirs Center for $12 (car stayed cool!) and spent about 30 minutes viewing the exhibits in the center. 

We then started our 6 km walk, first stop the oldest wooden school house in America (can’t remember admission price), stopping at the fort ($10 for me, free for the kids), lunch at the White Lion and a long stroll down St. George St, stopping for ice cream. We stopped back at the car for some water and then the kids played on the “Swing” log playground for 30 minutes. 

We then headed 40 minutes north for an overnight stay at my friend Teri’s house. The girls swam with her daughter and then Mike treated us to a lovely Mexican dinner at La Nopalera. 

Fantastic day!!!


A Long Needed Catch Up!

it has been a long time since I’ve written a post. No excuse, really. Last year I worked 3 part-time jobs and managed to travel to 14 countries catching babies, visiting friends and speaking at conferences. I’m currently on a flight to Newark and then off to Paris to assist another family with their birth. But I could have eeked out a few posts a week, for goodness sake.

While doing all that traveling I also reduced the amount of exercise I was doing and the weight crept on. A bit depressing and a lot disappointed in myself I grabbed back ahold of the reins in January. There’s no excuse really for reducing the exercise needed to keep the weight off. I could have gone for a 30 minute walk each and every evening, and in fact, while in China last summer I ran nearly every day, but I stopped  making it a priority. Big mistake. In January and February I did the Whole30, the goal of which is not to lose weight, but get rid of some bad stuff out of your diet. I managed to shed 9 pounds. In the process I did not have Splenda, coffee or dairy in my diet for those 30 days. Actually no artificial sweeteners, including Stevia. Coffee was allowed, but because I couldn’t get use to coconut creamer in it, I switched to a Hi-Caf Toasted Coconut Tea by The Republic of Tea and I’ve pretty much stayed away from coffee. I’ve only had 4 cups of DD coffee since January! The hardest thing to stay away from, but I did, was dairy, because I love cheese and Greek yogurt. I’ve introduced it back in, albeit in small quantities. 

So where did I travel last year? I’m going to spilt the year into many posts. That’s how many where’s I was! 

January 2014 – The Redneck Ice Storm – TALLAHASSEE

Jackie and I traveled to Tallahassee in late January to attend a Medicaid workshop on improving midwife and birth center reimbursements with the DOH. At the time I was driving my 19 year old Nissan, which ran fine. But, all day I kept getting God nudges to rent a car, so I did. A 2013 Ford Fusion, and it saved mine and Jackie’s lives. As we got on I-10 to head west it had been getting colder and colder, and the roads slicker and slicker. We were a good distance behind a Sonny’s BBQ van when the smoker they were towing jack knifed on the icy over pass in front of us and it flipped the van over, right in front of us. Listening to the sage advise my daddy gave me many years before, I took my foot off the gas and ever so gently applied the brake, the car gripped the road and we narrowly avoided the accident… By INCHES! I pulled over at the bottom of the overpass and Jackie and I, freezing our butts off, ran back up to assist the 3 cooks out of the van and call  911. We were in the middle of nowhere on a closed down (because of the storm) highway. It took 30 mins for rescue and highway patrol to get critical injuries, but a couple serious ones. Needless to say, we drove like snails the rest of the way, literally sliding across the overpass at our exit, but the Fusion kept gripping the road and stopping the sliding. Long story short, I bought a Ford Fusion the following week. :D 



We took a Royal Caribbean cruise to Belize and Mexico. We have so much fun just being together that it really doesn’t matter where we go! We had a bump out, en suite deck room, mid-ship. It was heavenly. We watched sunrises and sunsets, sat quietly and read and enjoyed the door ajar while we slept. The best thing we did was zip-line in Belize. Physically challenging, but we did great! 



I also ran a couple 5Ks with friends…


Assisted my favorite birth team at a fabulous, it takes a village of midwives, birth…


And had fantastic family photos done by my friend Danny Pesto…




March was filled with movies and dinner dates with friends…

Of which I can’t find a single photo!!! 😁

April 2014 – Domenican Republic with the Student Midwives

So this trip started out with 3 different airplanes, including an emergency landing! It had its ups and downs, but the students got some experience which is awesome. 


And that’s it for this post. It’s good to have a catch up with y’all!