dancing with the midwives

My dear friend Ann Faison {who I have mentioned before here} recently released her book Dancing with the Midwives. I have known Ann for almost ten years now, and the first time I met her I knew she was someone truly powerful and important in this world. I was totally drawn to her magnetic energy. 
She is an amazing artist and writer, a gifted healer, an inspiring mother, and a wonderful friend. I feel so grateful for her in my life and on this earth, she inspires me in so many ways. She is one of the wisest people I know. 

Dancing with the Midwives: A Memoir of Art and Grief  is truly a work of art. The book is a collection of beautiful writings and drawings she did after the still birth of her daughter. Her expression of this experience is both profound and elegant. She is someone who is not afraid to go deep into her soul, and wade around in the darkness of grief to face not only immense sadness and loss, but to find healing and beauty as well.
I love the combination of writing and drawings, proposing that they way to work through grief is to be creative. The book has a wonderful rhythm, the placement of every word and every drawing is perfect. I found myself drifting back to the past, thinking about how I knew her then and also thinking about the loss of my mother, and at the same time looking forward to my future, as a mother myself one day. It is as if the world doesn't just need this book, but deserves it.

The photos above are of a drawing of Ann's I bought at the release party for the book. I remember her saying that she didn't know if she would ever be able to make drawings like these again {I can relate to that}. When I turned the page in her book and saw the drawing above, it took my breath away, something opened up for me in my heart. So I feel especially lucky to have this in my home. I just have to figure out where to hang it now!

Ann is having a book reading tomorrow night, Wednesday the 7th at Stories Books in Echo Park at 7:00pm. There will be wine and her husband Dave will be bringing his trumpet!

If you are interested in buying her book, it is sold at Skylight books in Los Feliz, Vroman's in Pasadena, Book Soup in Hollywood, and the Bodhi Tree in West Hollywood. Or buy it online here

To read more about Ann and all the magic she creates visit
The official Dancing with the Midwives site here
The main website for all she does, including info on her breath work, here
Her wonderful website on art and grief here
Her blog where she periodically posts drawings and writings here
The great blog she hosts where people contribute writings about their mothers or about being a mother, here

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