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Happy Mother's Day

Published by Wednesday Martin
photo courtesy of Katharine Moser
photo courtesy of Katharine Moser

Happy Mother's Day! This is a photo from the Church Rock archeological site in Shasta County, California, a site where the native Wintu people lived and performed various religious and cultural ceremonies. The vulva sculpture was part of a birth altar. Thanks to my  stepdaughter Katharine Moser, an archeologist in training, for this image.


What We're Doing — the Ring in New York

Published by Wednesday Martin
If you steal my cab and make me late for pilates I will kill you
If you steal my cab and make me late for pilates I will kill you

Have you ever done The Ring? Or considered it? You should. And not just because the Metropolitan Opera needs you. The Ring is mythic and epic, yes. But it's also about couples and families, parents and children, love and ambition and betrayal.


Dad's getting wed? How to cope as an adult stepchild

Published by Wednesday Martin
When Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles married eight years ago, these royals did something utterly common: they formed a uniquely modern stepfamily.
When Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles married eight years ago, these royals did something utterly common: they formed a uniquely modern stepfamily.

When Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles married eight years ago, these royals did something utterly common. They formed a stepfamily of a particular sort - one uniquely modern, every day more widespread yet significantly “under the radar.” Each had adult offspring - the now-Duchess’s son was 31 and her daughter 27, while Princes William and Harry were 22 and 20, respectively. 


Interview on Stepfamily Central

Published by Wednesday Martin
Talking through stepfamily dynamics with Rachelle Katz...
Talking through stepfamily dynamics with Rachelle Katz...

Dr. Rachelle Katz has a new radio show on Stepfamily Central and I was lucky to be her first guest. We talked about the word "blended" and the need for public support for and a public education campaign about what stepfamilies are really like. Hope you will have a listen...


Happily Ever After...

Published by Wednesday Martin
Today and everyday. Especially if there are step/kids!
Today and everyday. Especially if there are step/kids!

Maybe. On Valentine's Day, remember one key to a successful repartnership with children: prioritizing and nurturing the couple bond. Remarriages or reparnterships with children are remarkably fragile and rates of divorce and dissolution are high. Child-centric parenting and step parenting doesn't help. Too often, couples with the best intentions focus on the happiness of the step/kids of any age to such an extent, they forget to pay attention to their own. Turn that dynamic around today and every day.