"Until you feel strong enough to deal with the pain in your life, you're not going to be able to feel the joy either"
"Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves."
"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have."
"As a new member of the maternity care team, the doula is able to mediate between science and humanity."
from Childbirth Education-Practice, Research and Theory
“It’s almost as if the devil sat down and listed all the criteria of a substance man could use to destroy himself. It would have to be pleasing to the eye and the taste. It would have to be pure white and easily available. It would have to appeal to all the people of this world. The destroying effects would have to be subtle and take such a long time that very few would realize what was happening until it was too late. The cruelest criteria of all is it would have to be supported and distributed by the kindest, most well-meaning people to the most innocent people. So far the devil is winning. Did you ever go to a church cake sale conducted in a grade school?"
Bruce Pacetti, DDS, from the PPNF Health Journal
“I am only one; but still I am one.
I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.
I will not refuse to do the something I can do.”
"Truth is treason in the empire of lies."
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
"A person's a person, no matter how small."
"Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body."
"Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD."
"If your everyday life seems poor to you, do not accuse it; accuse yourself, tell yourself you are not poet enough to summon up its riches; since for the creator there is no poverty and no poor or unimportant place."
Rainer Maria Rilke
Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.
C. S. Lewis
“Strange times are these in which we live when old and young are taught falsehoods in school. And the one man that dares to tell the truth is called at once a lunatic and fool.”
“Two roads diverged in a wood,
and I took the one less travelled by,
and that has made all the difference.”
"Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life."
"Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food"
"We can't see the forest for the trees."
"If you don't know your options, you don't have any."
"You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all the people all of the time."
“It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.”
“Human history is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.”
“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.”
“How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.”
“He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.”
“The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.”
“Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.”
J. Willard Marriott
"I am not young enough to know everything."
"The medical and health fields are absolutely riddled with dogmatic beliefs that defy both commonsense and scientific truth. And yet they prevail because they are supposedly backed by 'science.' But what if that science was not actually trustworthy, but rather a carefully orchestrated product... the result of massive conflict of interest, perpetuated by self-interested groups and industries that push unfavorable research findings under the proverbial rug, or even tweak their studies to have the 'right' results?"
Dr. Joseph Mercola
"The inability to listen and observe the truth has created a breed of medical practitioners who inflict illness rather than healing, who become accusers rather than helpers, and who are ultimately just covering up---whether consciously or unknowingly, but with frighteningly increasing frequency-for the disasters created by their useless and deadly concoctions and sanctimonious ministrations."
Viera Scheibner, Ph.D.
"The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world."
William Ross Wallace
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."
"Babies are born on their birthdays, not their due dates."
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect)."
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
Photographs by Cristina Howell