Blessings: The Interview
1. What was the motivation to create your
latest anthology, Baby Blessings?
As part of my desire to create books that honor and celebrate
all of life’s passages, I wanted to compile a book of poems and prayers that
would celebrate the joy of being a new parent. Initially, I conceived
Baby Blessings as a book for mothers, but after receiving excellent
submissions from fathers, I thought it was important to include the
perspective of both parents. However, the book will probably speak more
strongly to women. Baby Blessings offers words of comfort,
encouragement, and inspiration during the rewarding, exhilarating, and
sometimes scary time of being a new mother.
2. How do you think Baby Blessings addresses the
"woman of today"?
After reading Baby Blessings, a friend gave me her
perspective: "In these days of many women juggling career with motherhood,
sometimes a new mom may get discouraged trying to balance everything.
Baby Blessings will remind her of all the blessings babies bring to our
3. It seems like "Baby Blessings" also has a very
practical focus. Besides offering chapters on Pregnancy, Birth, and
Babyhood, I see you also have chapters devoted to Christenings and Baby
Yes, since parenthood is a whirlwind of new
responsibilities, parents don’t have the luxury of time to seek out "just
the right prayer" for a christening or baby naming ceremony. In Baby
Blessings, parents will find just what they need for their ceremonies
whether they are religious or informal.
4. Your children are in their 20s, did compiling this book
bring back a lot of fond memories?
Absolutely! When I was creating Baby Blessings,
many of the poems had a way of transporting me back to when I was a mom with
a cherished, beautiful baby. It felt wonderful reviving a lot of those old
memories. My next stage of life will hopefully be enjoying babies through
the eyes of a grandmother.
5. Do you have any favorite passages in Baby Blessings?
One is a humorous piece by Leslie George that reminded me
of the contrast between my former life in the business world and my new life
as a mother: "Insecure in my new role, I was at odds with—and battered by—an
ideal of the breezy, capable mother I assumed everyone else was. I could
handle myself at important meetings, meet tough deadlines, argue fluently in
French. Why couldn’t I keep Cheerios off the floor?"
Another favorite is a piece by Gandhi that has been an
excellent reminder for me: "Your life is your message to your children."
6. Tell me about some of the writers who have contributed
to Baby Blessings.
Baby Blessings includes pieces
by Dr. Spock, Rachel Carson, Kahlil Gibran, William Blake, Erica Jong and
selections from contemporary, award-winning poets such as Ellen Bass and
7. What do you hope readers will take away from this book?
In all my books, I seek selections that help us honor the
sacred in everyday life and offer subtle insight to help improve our
relationships with others. I believe Baby Blessings will help parents
appreciate the enormous impact they will have on their children’s lives.
8. Are you accepting submissions for future projects? What
do you have in the works?
Yes, information is available on my web site,
Short excerpts from BABY BLESSINGS: