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Birth Art and Birth Jewelry

Posted by Donna Dolezal Zelzer on April 10th, 2011

I thought it would be fun to show you some of the birth art and jewelry available from Midwifery Today.

If you want to buy any of these, please click on the name of the item or on the picture to go to the Midwifery Today store!

Mexican Art Prints (Set of 4)

Womb with a View Pendant

Birthing Goddess Clay Sculpture

Womb with a View Pendant

Womb with a View Pendant

Womb with a View Pendant

Crowning Earrings
Crowning Earrings

Baby’s Joy Earrings
Baby's Joy Earrings

Disclosure : I work for Midwifery Today.

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Midwifery Today Magazine is Packed with Good Birth Information

Posted by Donna Dolezal Zelzer on October 19th, 2010

Over the years, Midwifery Today covers have featured some stunning birth art. It occurred to me today that it might be fun to put some of them together on one page, as kind of a graphic quilt celebrating birth and midwives.

So here is my page celebrating Midwifery Today!

Enjoy the art, then click on each cover to go to the Table of Contents and learn more about that issue!

Midwifery Today Issue 80

Full disclosure: I’m the Marketing Director for Midwifery Today.

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Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back and Attack of the Clones Parallels

Posted by Donna Dolezal Zelzer on August 22nd, 2008

I don’t know if Lucas did it intentionally or if it’s just my strange brain, but I’ve noticed a number of parallels between the two middle episodes of both Star Trek Trilogies.

Over-all Structure
In the first section of Empire Strikes Back all of the main characters are on Hoth. They separate in the middle section, with Luke and R2D2 heading for Dagobah while Han, Leia, Chewbacca, and C-3PO try to escape in the Falcon. In the final section, everyone is back together in the vicinity of Cloud City.
Attack of the Clones follows the same structure. The main characters are (mostly) together in the opening section in Coruscant. In the middle section, they split up. Obi-Wan and the droid R-4 go to Kamino while Anakin, Padme and R2D2 go to Naboo. In the final third of the movie, the main characters are reunited in the battle on Geonosis.

Both movies feature a romance, although the romantic element is stronger in Clones, since that’s a major and necessary part of the plot. (Indeed, without this romance, there would be no Luke and Leia for the second trilogy.) In both movies, the romance follows a three-act sequence:

  • In the first part of the movie, Anakin and Han are attracted to Padme and Leia, but the women are cool or actively discouraging.
  • In the middle sections, the couples spend some time alone (or nearly alone) and we see Padme and Leia start to show interest.
  • In the final sections, the women finally admit their feelings, but only when things are looking pretty bleak. Leia tells Han “I love you”, just before he’s put into carbon freezing. Padme tells Anakin the same thing as they’re both taken to face death in the area.

Saving the Senator/Princess
In Empire, Han takes Leia on the Falcon to help her escape from Imperial forces.
In Clones, Anakin goes with Padme to Naboo to keep her safe from assassins.

Going to the Rescue
In Empire, Luke leaves Dagobah to rescue Han and Leia, despite warnings from both Obi Wan and Yoda that he should remain with Yoda to complete his training.
In Clones, Anakin, despite instructions from Obi Wan that he should stay in Naboo, first goes to Tatooine to rescue his mother and then to Geonosis the rescue Obi-Wan (Granted, Padme was aiding and abetting him, especially when they went to rescue Obi-Wan.)

Loosing a Hand
In Empire, Luke looses his hand in the light saber duel with Darth Vader (the former Anakin).
In Clones, Anakin (the future Darth Vader) looses his hand in the light saber duel with Count Dooku.

In Empire, Han pilots through an asteroid field in an attempt to escape the Empire.
In Clones, Obi-Wan pilots through an asteroid field as he follows Jango and Boba Fett.

3PO Looses his Head
In Empire, he’s shot by the stormtrooper and disassembled
In Clones, he’s taken apart in the droid factory and his head is put on the wrong body.

Shooting at Fleeing Ship
In Empire, Leia shoots at Boba Fett’s ship as he leaves Cloud City with Han in carbonite.
In Clones, Padme shoots at Dooku’s ship as he escapes Geonosis.

Final Scene
In Empire, the movie ends with Luke and Leia standing together, looking out at the stars. R2D2 and C-3PO are behind them and to the right of the screen.
In Clones, the movie ends with Anakin and Padme standing together, kissing. R2D2 and C-3PO are behind them and to the right of the screen.

Can you think of any others?

Star Wars Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980 & 2004 Versions, 2-Disc Widescreen Edition)

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“I’m a doctor…” from Mystery to Star Trek?

Posted by Donna Dolezal Zelzer on August 17th, 2008

The Kennel Murder Case is a 1933 movie starring William Powell as Detective Philo Vance. About 27 minutes into the movie, a doctor arrives to examine the body of the murder victim. (At this point, most of the officials think it’s suicide, but Vance is sure it’s murder.)

Anyway, as the doctor is walking to the building where the body is, the reporters hanging around outside pester him for a statement (which obviously he can’t give because he doesn’t know anything yet). He shrugs them off and says, “I’m a doctor, not a magician.” (I think it’s “magician”, the sound wasn’t really clear.)

A bit later, just before he examines the body, he says “I’m a doctor, not a detective.”

Could this be the origin of this famous line (in all it’s variations) for Bones McCoy?

Oh, and it was a fun mystery, too.

The Kennel Murder Case (1933)

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Voyager, on Leaving the Solar System

Posted by Donna Dolezal Zelzer on August 16th, 2008

Dream on, humans, dream your hopeless dreams
Of distant space while I wander dreamless
Among those very stars. On your command,
I’ve radioed back amazing wonders.
But other visions I’ve kept and
Clutched to my metallic breast.
And now it’s time to leave.
Dream on, frail humans, dream and cling,
Afraid, to your distant ball of clay;
While I, the offspring of those dreams, glide on and out,

~Donna Dolezal Zelzer

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Posted by Donna Dolezal Zelzer on August 16th, 2008

I quickly deduce
The complex origins
Of your syntax, but
The meanings of
Your metaphors
Elude me, and
The shape of your logic
Distorts my mind.

~Donna Dolezal Zelzer

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Star Wars: Attack of the Clones - The Missing Planet, Expectations, the Dark Side and Balance

Posted by Donna Dolezal Zelzer on August 16th, 2008

Why the big deal about the children being the ones who realized that the missing planet, Kamino, was only missing because someone erased it from the archives? That seemed pretty obvious to me. Why was it such a problem?

Of course, maybe that’s the point. Like the children, I wasn’t aware that it’s supposedly impossible to delete anything from the archives, so it never occurred to me not to think of that possibility. Obi-Wan and the Librarian, however, took the library’s inviability for granted, so the missing planet posed a real mystery, as least to Obi-Wan.

We see what we expect to see. If we have no expectations, our minds are open and we can often see more clearly. (Indeed, Yoda tells Obi-Wan just that when Obi reports in after viewing the clones on Kamino.)

In some ways, this little incident is symbolic of the entire movie. The Jedi don’t expect certain things to happen (a planet being erased from the archives, the former Jedi Count Dooku turning bad) and so don’t look for them. Until it’s too late.

Yoda says the Dark Side conceals things, but in some ways the real culprit is the inability or unwillingness of people - even Jedi - to look beyond their expectations and preconceptions. (Or maybe you could say that’s part of our personal Dark Sides.)

It’s even possible - and I’m really stretching here - that the whole “bring balance to the Force” thing that Anakin is supposed to do has something to do with this blindness. Most of the Jedi have become too complacent, too sure of themselves, too sure the Dark Side is not a threat. When Anakin becomes Darth Vader he forces the Jedi to face the darkness rather than ignore it.

In the short run, this causes hatred and fear of the Dark Side in general and Vader in particular. (Not to mention lots of pain, suffering and death.)

In the long run, Luke goes beyond this as he faces and acknowledges both the darkness and his father. Even though Obi-Wan tells him that he must kill Vader, Luke refuses. His faith in the essential goodness of Anakin not only redeems this man, but shows us that the only way to truly conquer the darkness is to look it in the face and embrace it as part of ourselves. Only then can we mingle the Dark with the Light and be truly balanced.

Note: I wrote this before Episode III came out.

Star Wars - Episode II, Attack of the Clones (Widescreen Edition)

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Antipodean Lovers

Posted by Donna Dolezal Zelzer on August 16th, 2008

Come, my love!
Come, fly into the sensory net
With me!
Let me touch your synapses
With my neurosensors.
Let me caress your innermost thoughts
With mine, for
We know that the ultimate embrace
Is not of bodies
(However much we may dream of it),
But of minds.
And with our minds linked together
We will experience passion,
Mad longings and,
As we learn to traverse this made world of ours,
A slow, but certain growth of joy
As we build, day by day,
A touch between us that depends,
Not on our mere earthbound senses,
But on the transcendent fusion
Of our very souls.

~Donna Dolezal Zelzer

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Presentation and Book Signing for Survivor Moms

Posted by Donna Dolezal Zelzer on August 13th, 2008

When: October 21, 2008. 7:30 pm
Where: Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. Ann Arbor, Michigan
For more information: 734-665-2757 or

Come to this book signing to meet Mickey Sperlich MA, CPM and Julia Seng PhD CNM, authors of Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering, and Healing after Sexual Abuse.

Survivor Moms is a must-have book for anyone works with pregnant women. It includes excerpts from the heart-breaking stories of 81 women who have suffered and survived childhood sexual abuse. It also includes information from a wide range of professional sources that will help you learn to recognize and help women who have this problem.

Survivor Moms was published by Motherbaby Press, a division of Midwifery Today.

Full disclosure: I’m the Marketing Director at Midwifery Today.

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Star Trek (TOS) - Shore Leave (Stardate: 3025.3)

Posted by Donna Dolezal Zelzer on August 12th, 2008

In this first-season episode, Kirk and a few advance scouts are looking over a beautiful planet prior to releasing the crew on shore leave. But soon strange things begin to appear: The White Rabbit, Alice in Wonderland, Don Juan, a Samurai warrior and others. At first it seems fun, but then McCoy is apparently killed by a black knight!

(Read a full plot summary of Shore Leave here, part of Eric’s Excruciatingly Detailed Star Trek (TOS) Plot Summaries)

Brief comments (links lead to plot summaries):

*Kirk’s shirt is partially torn off during the fight with the planet-generated image of his Star Fleet Academy nemesis, Finnegan. According to my personal Star Trek database, Kirk manages to loose, damage or do without his shirt in at least 18 episodes. In addition to Shore Leave, here are three other episodes where Kirk has bared his chest:
1. In Amok Time, Spock slices the middle front of Kirk’s shirt during their fight, (Incidently, both Shore Leave and Amok Time were written by Theodore Sturgeon.)
2. At the beginning of The Corbomite Maneuver, Kirk has taken his shirt off for a medical exam.
3. He removes his shirt again to spar with Charlie in Charlie X

*McCoy gets the girl!! Well, Kirk does, too, but she’s only a construct of a former lover, McCoy’s girl is a flesh and blood Enterprise crew member.

*This isn’t the only episode where a major crew member apparently dies. Scotty is killed by Nomad in The Changeling

Star Trek The Original Series - The Complete First Season

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Experimenting with Crochet Threads: Black Motif Necklace

Posted by Donna Dolezal Zelzer on August 10th, 2008

This project is my first experiment using some of the novelty threads I got from a friend on Friday. My idea is to crochet the burgundy/wine thread into a chain, then add crocheted motifs. I made two motifs using multi-colored thread, but I think the black/silver motifs will look the best.

I crocheted a variety of different motifs last night while watching Red Dwarf. Next step is to place them on the chain, decide how to arrange them and if I need more.

The burgundy thread Cain with two motifs black flower

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Crochet, Ravelry and Me

Posted by Donna Dolezal Zelzer on August 9th, 2008

I recently joined Ravelry, a social site for people who crochet and knit.

I love this site! I used to crochet (and do other crafts) a lot, but what with one thing or another I drifted away. I’ve been wanting to start crocheting again and seeing all the wonderful projects on Ravelry is truly inspiring in an I-want-to-make-something-like-that! way.

What’s so great about Ravelry? Well, it has all the usual social networking things: your profile page, friends, on-site messages, forums and groups. You don’t have a blog, but you can pull your own blog into your profile (and also hook blog posts to individual projects). This is actually a plus for me, as I can write about crocheting here and not have to start yet another blog.

But what sets this site aside and makes it truly unique and wonderful is your notebook. This is where you share your projects (both in-progess and completed), your upcoming projects, your yarn stash, your books, needles and hooks. You can include photos with your projects and share a project to any of your groups. People can comment on each other’s projects and you have a favorites section where you can add projects and other things you find especially interesting.

If you crochet or knit and you’re not on Ravelry, you should be. Right now it’s in beta and you’ll have to apply for an invite. You’ll find the form right on the front page. It takes 2-3 days, so the sooner you apply, the sooner you’ll be in.

See you there! (And be sure to friend me. I’m Lilacmoon.)

Moon Flower NecklaceMoon Flower Necklace

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Book Reading: Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering, and Healing after Sexual Abuse

Posted by Donna Dolezal Zelzer on August 6th, 2008

When: October 7, 2008, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Where: 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1290

Do you work with pregnant women? Do you know a woman who has been sexually abused? Then you need to attend this event to hear Mickey Sperlich and Julia Seng read from their recently published book, Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering, and Healing after Sexual Abuse.

Survivor Moms features excerpts from the stories of 81 women who have suffered and survived childhood sexual abuse, along with information from a wide range of professional sources about how adult women are affected by childhood maltreatment and sexual trauma. It was published by Motherbaby Press, a division of Midwifery Today.

This talk is part of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender’s Perspectives on Healing Series. and is co-sponsored by School of Social Work. For more information: (734)764-9537, or

Full disclosure: I’m the Marketing Director at Midwifery Today.

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Recall Roundup - Two Fall Hazards and Two Choking Hazards

Posted by Donna Dolezal Zelzer on August 5th, 2008

Here are some recent recalls issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). For details, including information on what you should do and picture of the recalled items, please use the links provided.

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboards Cribs: Recalled due to fall hazard. The cribs fail to meet the federal safety standards. The distance between the mattress support bracket in the lowest position and the top of the side rail in the highest position is less than the required 26 inches, posing a fall hazard to children who climb over the railing.
Mother Hubbard’s Cupboards Cribs Recall Information

Baby Appleseed Cribs: Recalled due to fall hazard. The cribs fail to meet the federal safety standards for cribs. The cribs have a two mattress support system. The secondary mattress support, used for the lowest position, does not meet the full 26 inch minimum height in its lowest position, allowing children inside to crawl over the railing, posing a fall hazard.
Baby Appleseed Cribs Recall Information

Wooden Toys by Earthentree: Recalled due to choking and strangulation hazards. The recalled toys contain small parts or can break into small parts, posing a choking hazard. The recalled rattles violate the federal rattle standard. Some of the toys also have a string longer than 12 inches, which can pose a strangulation hazard to young children.
Earthentree Wooden Toys Recall Information

Kids II Infant Rattles: Recalled due to choking hazard. The tip of the rattle’s antenna, which is attached to a bee figure, can detach and pose a choking hazard to small children.
Kids II Infant Rattle Recall Information

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Working with Survivor Moms Workshop in Ann Arbor Michigan

Posted by Donna Dolezal Zelzer on July 29th, 2008

When: August 14th, 2008
Where: Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Presenters: Mickey Sperlich MA, CPM and Julia Seng PhD CNM

Attend this workshop for an overview of post traumatic stress, trauma and the evidence-based studies of the effects of sexual abuse on childbearing. You’ll learn about confidentiality and the importance of boundaries. You’ll also learn how maternity and mental health professionals can collaborate to facilitate healing and post-traumatic growth.

Onsite sales of the presenters new book, Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering, and Healing after Sexual Abuse will benefit the Doulas Care Program.

This workshop is part of a quarterly educational series “With Women.” It is approved for 1.5 nursing and doula CEUs. Fee $10; 1.5 Nursing and Doula CEUs approved; add $20 to fee for CEU processing; free to Doulas Care Volunteers. To register, call 734-332-8070 or

Survivor Moms is published by Motherbaby Press a division of Midwifery Today

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