Photos from Canberra, Aus. via Vancouver BC, Canada

More than 2000 women, men and children gathered in the rain on the steps of Parliament in Canberra, Australia to protest government threats to homebirth

  Lisa Barrett (l) and Sally Amazon (r)

Blokes help the cause and bring a little humour.

Great quote from a friend of Lisa Barrett’s on FB:  “A woman’s place is in the struggle.”

Unique Family Portrait

shoesbigfamily by you.

One of my friends just had her 8th baby.  She sent me this photo which I think is such a touching way to depict a family.  You can see that they make more boys than girls in this family.  Jess waited so patiently as the boys kept coming until she finally had a baby sister, Beth.  Three of the boys are now as big as or bigger than Dad.  Dad has a masonry business and all the boys help out so you can see the male shoes are more work weary than the female ones.  One of the parents is a native of Australia so that explains the preference for Australian pull on boots.  They get their money’s worth from that footwear!

All the children were born at home except for the eldest boy.  All the babies have been born vaginally.  Two of the babies were born unassisted.  In this day and age of smaller families, it’s nice to celebrate a big clan of beautiful children with parents that love each other deeply.  Congratulations on the birth of Baby Trev.




Thanx to Shirley for being the model for this interactive statue.

On the left – Mother breast feeding her baby.
On the right- Expectant mother in discussion.
Out of view: – Children playing in the sand.

*Donated by the artist to the Hospital for Sick Children in memory of her son Morris, July 7th, 1977 to October 18th, 1979 in appreciation for the excellent care received by him and countless others from the hospital staff.
May our children play in peace.

  • Engraved on the bench are 476 messages of love, hope, and inspiration contributed to the artist by members of the cultural, scientific, political, and other walks of life from all over the world.
  • Location: Toronto Hospital for Sick Children
  • Sponsor: Donated by the artist
  • Material: Bronze
  • Year: 1984
  • *Text from “Outdoor Art in Toronto”