Published on Thursday, May 16 2013 13:50
by Mary Chase
In light of Mothers’ Day I chose to reflect on what it is and why it is so important to be a fit mother. Since my children were born, I have struggled with the guilt of leaving my children to be physically fit. As a personal trainer and fitness instructor, I have seen mothers struggle with those same issues. My standard response in both cases is the same, “I am a better wife and mother because I exercise.” How do I draw that conclusion? Well I am about to tell you.
First of all, as I sat in the sun with my children on Mothers’ Day enjoying the time and our families’ happiness one thought came to mind. I will not always be with my children
Published on Thursday, May 16 2013 13:43
Another week gone by. It was 80 degrees today! Too hot for May! Only one more week of school. How time flies. Be sure to attend all the last of school events. Over sixty students will be graduating from Lyons High, most receiving scholarships and awards. We are proud of our students, and our school, being one of only two schools of the St. Vrain District making it to the top 5% in US World Report. Congratulations.
Published on Thursday, May 09 2013 13:56
Gary Wayne Walker
August 19, 1951 – April 25, 2013
Former Lyons resident Gary Wayne Walker passed away in Hay Springs, Nebraska on April 25, after a three-month battle with cancer. He was sixty-one years old.
Gary was born August 19, 1951, and raised in Springfield, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents Virginia Lee and Norman A Walker Jr., and his ex wife Lissa Walker. He is
Published on Thursday, May 09 2013 15:40
Anyone who has ever written a poem is eligible to enter the free poetry contest sponsored by Poetryfest, a nonprofit organization devoted to discovering new poets and helping them to achieve a wider audience for their poetry. There are one hundred prizes to go around, and the last poet standing will receive a one thousand dollar cash prize.
Published on Thursday, May 02 2013 14:07
Born in the French Mediterranean city of Nice, neo-impressionist painter Tisha Wood received her formal art education at the Beaux Arts School, and studied for several years with renowned Colorado artist ,Lillian Kennedy. Ms. Wood has shown her work in many private exhibitions, Colorado community exhibitions such as The St. Stephens Art Show (first place winner), and an international acclaimed solo exhibition at The Villa Gaspari
Published on Thursday, May 09 2013 15:37
Following her birth, a mother has accomplished an amazing physical feat, experienced an emotional revolution, and is bathing in the hormones designed to help her transition from pregnant woman to mother. It is no wonder that this, combined with joy, sleep deprivation, and new breastfeeding that she may feel overwhelmed. The psychoanalyst Donald Winicott noted that in the perinatal period there is a special mental state of the mother in which she has a greatly increased sensitivity to, and focus upon the needs of her baby. Such a state begins toward the end of the pregnancy and continues for a few weeks after the birth of the child. Mothers need support, nurturing, and a protected environment to develop and maintain this state. “Only if a mother is sensitized in the way I am describing,” wrote Winicott, “can she feel herself into her infant’s place, and so meet the infant’s needs.” Communities that support women and babies during this precious time see less postpartum depression, healthier babies, higher rates of long-term breastfeeding success, and more confident mothers.
The provision of food, water, warmth, and a private time for the mother and infant to get to know each other is the rule in most cultures. In most non-industrialized societies the mother and baby are placed together, with support, protection, and isolation from other demands and people often for the first number of weeks following the birth.
In many industrialized societies in Europe (and Canada), parental leave is provided, ranging from a minimum of three months to a year or more, with partial to full pay compensation. Here in the U.S., though generally some weeks of maternity leave are provided, our culture of “Mothering the Mother” has dwindled. Often the media and our culture drives a “back to
Published on Thursday, May 02 2013 13:45
A Wall Street Journal article on Friday, April 19, 2013 discussed the rising prices of women’s art. When thinking of women artists, most people remember Georgia O’Keeffe’s (1887-1996) paintings of landscapes, desert, and especially close-up flowers. Few people realize women