Until this morning, when you looked out of my bedroom window, you couldn’t see any of those houses. Today all six oak trees in our backyard were cut down; two of them were over one hundred years old. All because they just built two Apodments adjacent to our building and there was concern that the roots would cause issues with the Apodment’s pipes. Apodments are hideous McDorm-style apartments that are going up throughout Seattle. Sometimes I feel like no one gives a shit about aesthetics anymore. Whether it’s what people wear, to how they carry themselves, right down to what we call modern architecture. And even fewer care that we’re destroying what little natural beauty still exists in an urban environment, beauty that we can’t afford to lose.
Childbirth preparation class with Penny Simkin is entertaining. “I’m in my seventies, so I need a hand climbing up onto this table to do my demonstration of pelvic outlet descent…” I’ve studied her work from afar as a doula and midwife assistant/apprentice for the past twelve years. To be one of her students is an experience I didn’t imagine I would ever get to have. (at Center For Birth)