Au where Patsy’s coming back (to the excitement of everyone at nonnatus), and Delia has missed her but become much closer with the other nurses, and understands that she hasn’t received letters as frequently as she’d like because mourning is hard and HK-London post is atrocious. Phyllis volunteers to drive Delia to the dock when Patsy’s boat is due in, and Delia waits excitedly for her to disembark.
Also they kiss at some point.
I'm Jewish, give off generally witchy vibes (candles, flowers, and essential oils EVERYWHERE), and I'm planning on becoming a nurse midwife. I sing by myself all the time, and I have a chronic illness that affects everything, especially my energy. I have a feeling the Fair Folk would get a kick out of me honestly, and that's probably not good.
Yeah my friend the only stories I can recall that mention midwives are ones where they’re kidnapped to attend to a ‘noble birth’ and then halfway through look through a stone with a hole in it and see they’re attending to the Fae instead, and although they generally keep their cool at the time, weeks down the line it comes out and one of the Fair Folk blinds them. So. Uh. Be wary, ya feel?
i really hope “wherever i go next, you’re coming with me” is in no way related to patsy and delia leaving the show but instead that next season after delia becomes a fully fledged midwife we get to see more of them working together, and in fact more of delia with the other midwives too - because i was so hopeful for her to become a more interesting and better developed character of her own, and still am, and now that she’ll be working as well as living at nonnatus finally (fingers crossed) we can see more of a day-to-day delia just doing her thing and kate’s brilliant acting talent being showcased
Canadian Irish dancing champ wins 7th world title in Dublin
Brampton, Ont., native Michaela Hinds is celebrating her seventh win at the World Irish Dancing Championship in Dublin, in what she says was her final competition.
In the world of Irish dancing, Hinds was already a standout. She entered the competition with six world titles under her sparkly belt, the most awarded North American in the history of the so-called Olympics of Irish dancing.
Ahead of travelling to Dublin, she admitted she was nervous.
“When you go back to defend a title, I find it a lot more stressful than winning the first time because everyone’s expecting so much from you already, and you have to give that much more than you have in the previous years to keep standing out from everyone else,” said Hinds, 21, said in a phone interview with CBC News.
After the competition, she feels it’s time to hang up her shoes, at least as a competitor.
“This was the last age group that I could probably dance in,” says Hinds. "Also, my body is falling apart after all these years of dancing.“
Dancing on a broken foot
Few things illustrate her dedication to Irish dancing more than the fact that last year she danced on a broken foot that was still healing from multiple fractures.
How did she do?
"I ended up winning it,” she says, matter-of-factly.
That Olympic-athlete-like dedication is evident in everything Hinds does. In the months before competitions, the Sheridan College kinesiology student is at the gym at 5:30 a.m. for a workout and again after her college classes three times a week.
On top of that, there’s dance classes three times a week, for hours, plus the workshops on the weekends.
Hinds says she never eats out with her friends, but makes her food at home, focusing on lean protein and vegetables to keep her hard-working muscles in top shape.
“Definitely she has talent but I’d say her biggest strength is that she has determination and [a] work ethic you just can’t deny,” says Kathy Irvine, one of her teachers at the Butler Fearon O'Connor School of Irish Dancing in Brampton.
Irvine has been working with Hinds for more than a decade and was a multiple Irish dancing champ herself. But she says she was happy to see her student top her record, and then some.
“She perfects every minute detail of her performance, including the way that her shoe is tied.”
A global dance phenomenon
Her dominance over a form long ruled by dancers from Ireland is indicative of the increasingly global popularity of Irish dance. A quick glimpse at the competitors at the World Championships reveals a diverse and multicultural group of performers.
Irvine says the success of Hinds, stretched over a decade, played no small part in making Irish dancing a global phenomenon.
“I think Michaela’s success has proven not just what Canadians can do, but what one human individual can do.”
Also surprising to an outsider’s eye is the pageantry involved: heavy, bejewelled costumes and spray tans are de rigeur, and girls and women compete in heavy wigs of Shirley Temple-like curls. Apparently it’s a historic nod to the roots of Irish dancing, where children would attend dance classes right after church, their hair curled and wearing their Sunday best.
Hinds says the outfits help get her “in the zone” before competing. "You’re an artwork and you’re making artwork.“
Life of a retired champion
All that will be difficult to leave behind, but Hinds plans to stay involved in the world of Irish dancing by receiving her certification to teach. Eventually, she would like to study to become a midwife.
She says she won’t miss those 5 a.m. workouts, but will probably always stay active.
"I feel like it will be very different, I don’t know what I’ll do with my time. My boyfriend will be happy.”
For all her athleticism, Hinds sees herself as an artist, too.
"When you walk on stage, you’re setting foot on a blank canvas and you’re about to paint a masterpiece, but through dancing.“
Masterpost of my commentaries™ during Call The Midwife: NEW! & Improved (for real)*
I think these are officially a thing™ by now, it’s like I live tweet but on tumblr. Anyways, I’ve gained so many followers in the past few months (after I started posting these) so I guess I’ll keep going until I’m tumblr famous- haha jk but enjoy or don’t enjoy, comments are always welcome though. Like I’ve said before these are my thoughts typed out verbatim, you don’t have to agree or come @ me for something. I just do this for fun and some of my followers are apparently entertained by what nonsense I have to say :) if anything, just blame it on the fact that I’m a New Yorker who likes to hear themselves all the time.
Reorganizing this post because it was terribly messy
I apologize in advance, you’ll be seeing this post a lot because it’s been suggested that I continue these trash commentaries™ with older episodes. So the goal is to post one for every episode ever before this year’s Christmas special (I’m sure I’m going to finish way before then, I’ll have to keep up random thoughts and rambles to get me through the rest of the hiatus) But my point was, I’m a mess and reblog so many things which is why I constantly update this masterpost and reblog it *If not I’d lose it all the time* haha
tragically nothing yet, but I’m working on it! *slowly but surely*
We see Lucy continuing to grapple with all of her deeply negative and traumatic experiences with sex this episode (she’s had only one positive experience with it and seems to have had a number of the worst sort of experiences early on - would she think she was “no good at this” if her entry into this world hadn’t been so rough? probably not, but she thinks her reaction is unnatural and her fault) - it makes her supremely uncomfortable to even hear all the groans and grunts of pleasure in the house of Wells. this of course all comes to a head when she stabs the horrid sir george in self-defense, and it’s far from an act of vengeance or something meant to signify her “descent into darkness” (she even goes back to apologize to him!) or whatever people are saying about the direction of her storyline. it’s a thing that happens that Margaret takes upon herself so that sweet Lucy won’t be damned, in one of the most powerful moments of the episode. more than ever, this episode shows us how even when Margaret does the wrong thing, it’s always out of love. that’s something of a theme in the parent/child relationships this episode including the abusive relationship of lydia/margaret (which I’ll discuss later) as Florence points out, and Florence’s own relationship with her daughter Amelia - and Fanny’s relationship with her unborn child is also explored as another example of the exigencies exacted by motherhood. Despite the hand her mother has had in her situation, Lucy continues to be loyal to her and lashes out at the other girls when she suspects them of speaking ill about her. All the scenes of her and Margaret holding each other - in the wake of Lucy finding out what her mother did for her - caught at my heart and made me cry.
Scenes like the one we got between Will and Harriet are so important. Seeing Harriet happy that she finally has some power over her life and the future of her children is a beautiful thing, and seeing Will reach out to her with kindness and empathy from a place of shared understanding was cathartic for her to be sure - and I’ve little doubt he has now somehow gone after her children and will bring them back to her. Then we see Will crack under Benjamin Lennox’s constant racist attacks on him, and Margaret’s interesting response - she is proud of Will for defending himself but as he says, still upset about the practical side of things. Margaret has a clear moral compass but business pretty much always comes first in matters of pride.
The irony of Emily’s situation and of Margaret saying to Nancy that “that girl’s not worthy of your care” is that she is a lot like Margaret was once in terms of her circumstances (and I suspect, her personality), as Nancy pointed out last episode and yet Margaret turned her away. She did not “sustain and defend” as Nancy said she ought. This is an indictment of Margaret’s occasional ruthless pragmatism (possibly even an unconscious occasional emulation of Lydia as I’ll discuss later) - it is not a reason to blame Emily for her own situation (and it’s not something the other girls have seen Margaret do before as they’re shocked and it leads Fanny to keep her pregnancy secret). She felt under-appreciated so she left for work elsewhere. She in no way brought her horrible situation upon herself.
oh my god the scene between Florence and Amelia had me in tears. And it really seems to have enabled Florence to look on others in similar situations who haven’t given up the trade more charitably. Amelia is the only source of good in her life, but her goodness is so pervasive and determined and comforting that her mother cannot help but be swayed by it and decides to extend that understanding to others. she sees the hand of God in her child’s understanding, and takes it as a sign that her perspective is the right one. can Amelia just become a midwife or something to help out the other girls? that would be ideal. she’s been a nurse for her mother for years now!
Haxby is absolutely DESPERATE to get his job back (and looks like he’s been crying?), as it’s always been obvious it’s his whole life, and clearly believes his own delusions about the sway Charlotte had over him (notwithstanding his parting shot later about how she gave him pleasure - that was clearly a bit of unwitting jealousy) - that the fault lies with her. I’ve seen the next episode and he’s not in it much either and all I can say without spoilers is that I don’t like the direction it takes - it’s not so much character assassination as character oversimplification. It’s possible that more will be done with it in ep 8, but I’m pessimistic about it being resolved to my liking. This is one of only two things about this show that bother me - they just stick out a lot bc everything else is so well done (and I’m talking about episode 7 specifically and not what happens in this episode). Cmon guys you hired Ed Hogg - give him good material like you did in the first half of the season!
oh betsey having trouble with drink and Prince trying to help her :( he wants to be friends with the girls but his own survival instincts make it hard for them to trust him.
It was great to see more of Kitty this episode - she’s a good leader able to hold down the fort when Margaret’s needed elsewhere, and to manage conflicts and issues among the girls.
Nancy served SO MANY LOOKS this episode; I was LIVING. also Lydia’s black lace hat thing was my favorite thing ever - need one of those for myself
“How can it be hate that drives you? It is love.” And we see that love, such as it is, come into play in the final devastating scene of this episode. When Lydia comes to the door once more as Nancy is trying to transport Howard from the premisses, Margaret looks absolutely spent. Out of a combination of desperation to distract Lydia, emotional exhaustion, and through the learned behavior of an abused child, she tells Lydia where Emily is. “That’s my good girl,” Lydia says to her, and touches her chin in a way eerily reminiscent of how we’ve sometimes seen Margaret touch Lucy’s. That wraps up an episode on the perils of motherhood for both parties involved, and the lengths to which mothers will go when it’s not hate that drives them, but love.
With the news of this morning, I think the show will feel quite different. characters who for years now I have seen week in week out gracing my screen and warming my heart. The characters who have been announced as leaving in series 7 are, for me, the easiest to empathise with, Patsy and Delia relationship and Sr Mary Cynthia’s dealings with mental health.
I feel that for Bryony the announcement is less of a shock, her character has been toyed with and uncertain for the last two series. Bryony’s acting abilities have been shadowed since series 2, glimpsed only in her attack in series 4 and its repercussions in series 6.
Since I first was Pats in series 3 I think in fell a little bit in love with her, with a smiling face and a strong attitude I was myself in her. In series 4 when Delia was introduced as her secret girlfriend there was something else we shared. Not exactly a secret girlfriend for me but my hidden sexuality. Their struggles throughout the show and their strength to stay together gave me strength too. With them both being removed for the show I’m not sure if I’ll enjoy it as much.
I don’t understand why the writers have built up the storyline of Delia becoming a midwife and just to take her out. Her development has been so real from her over the phone birth in series 5 and the build up to her exams in series 6. When Patsy said in the finale “wherever I go next you’re coming with me” we had fears that they would be leaving but we justified it as moving in together or more as a long term thing.
Understandably Emerald was busy this time last year, writing, and is in pre-production for a new show and with the end of this years’ episodes it wouldn’t make sense of Kate to remain, however rather than writing them out completely, they could have been left in in a Chummy-like 2 episodes a year. Maybe they live a bus ride away and both work in a hospital because of they growing numbers of mothers wanting hospital births or occasionally get invited to Nonatus for lunch.
Either way, if any of the Call the Midwife crew ever see this (looking at you Stephen) thank you of all that you have done especially Bryony and my super faves Emerald and Kate. Here’s to hoping they can be re-introduced in 2019
She spent years not realizing who she was.
She doubted her beauty, her intelligence and her power.
She was one who always felt that she didn’t quite belong
because when she came into this life, her ties to the world of spirit remained far too strong..
She was confused and lost throughout her youth, unable to see herself much less accept and appreciate herself.
As a result she was like a ship bobbing in the ocean without a rudder and without the sails of confidence to direct her towards her own promised land.
She was one who bereft of her own acceptance, hungered for it and searched for it through relationships with others.
She was a people pleaser as a result,
she would not risk confrontation in order to support herself,
she succumbed to being influenced by the opinions of others even though she had already received her instruction from within.
She allowed her truth to be sublimated,
she allowed herself to be controlled…
Her need to be accepted and loved was such that she wasn’t prepared to step on or over any toes.
It took her years of being taken for granted,
ruled and overlooked before she put two and two together,
had enough and got the message.
Her suffering forced her to step out of the status quo that had always been too tight for her in the first place…
she became an avid seeker, searching for answers…
She needed to know who she was, she needed to know why she was here.
She needed to find a way to free herself from fear
She travelled far and wide,
She sat at the feet of a master,
She became a Yogini of an ancient lineage
and applied the teachings to her life,
She grew strong,
She awakened her heart
She awakened her shakti,
Her third eye opened as a result…
Her potentials started to be unearthed rapidly because the veils had parted and she recognized who she was,
She also recognized who everyone else was behind their socialized facade
and because she had seen through the myth of idealized perfection,
she could appreciate the actual perfection of the imperfections in herself and in others that she had once resisted and rejected.
Today she walks with conscious awareness..
she no longer labels people as good or bad,
She interprets everything as fluctuating energy without a fixed assignment.
She holds space for the confusion of others because she’s been there and she still visits that place herself
she understands their hunger for love misappropriated as selfishness, jealousy and competition…
She feels their vulnerability as she feels her own…
She knows the fear reflected in their eyes through her own past terror…
But underneath all of it she can see the obscured light,
the presence of God/dess despite all the protective armor…
She’s aware of this same divine presence vibrating in her body and in her heart…
She’s not so quick to cast judgment anymore because she knows that she is not above those that she is tempted to judge…
she knows that she is not separate
And because she gives herself permission to be herself as she is,
she can accept others as they are with appreciation and compassion …
She’s not invested in changing anyone either,
she respects everyone’s chosen path because
she understands that every soul is doing exactly what they need to do in order to evolve
So it is not her place to save anyone from their own lessons…
She reveals, heals, inspires and encourages instead,
she reminds others of their forgotten divinity…
She holds up a mirror so that they can see God/dess reflected back…
She has become a midwife for the re-emergence of the Divine Feminine soul.
The shy, timid maiden has transformed into the courageous, outspoken mother of all…
She says it as she sees it confidently without shrinking back,
She’s fiercely protective of the helpless,
She’s A torch for those lost in darkness,
and she’s not afraid to take a stand for peace and love to flourish in this world…
if someone tries to persuade her against her own knowing she simply and graciously responds, “Thank you for sharing.”
and she walks away…
Because she trusts her “self”,
She knows that she is Divine Mother embodied..
She is Artemis of the wild merged with…
compassionate tara and warrior Durga…
She has traversed the journey of Inanna into the dark underworld and emerged in possession of her kingdom
She knows why she is here and she’s fulfilling her purpose..
She’s not alone, she’s among many
who have chosen to return bearing love as their message,
their path and their gift of healing
Hey Lotte... How did you become a certified midwife? You should probably get some rest darling.. You must be exhausted from the past 12 to 16 hours. Do you feel a little mad that Francis didn't stay and view the experience. You are going to have his child.
“I became a midwife in the 1950s after my own experiences with pregnancy so I could help other women who might have been in a similar position.”
“I know… I should be very happy for him, and supportive, and shouldn’t complain because this ought to be a blessing, but–
He hasn’t stopped to help ONCE! He’s been far too busy running around emptying his In-Laws’ refrigerator and feeling temperatures!
He used to say he was so disappointed that he would never be able to watch the sun rise with me. But then what does he do? Goes off to watch the stupid son rise by his stupid self because I was too busy delivering three stupid babies!!
… I didn’t mean that, sweethearts, you did nothing wrong.”
This may be a bit of a silly question, but is it possible to worship a fertility god if you're a lesbian? I've been really drawn to this one god, but I almost feel like I'm 'unqualified' to be a devotee. Or perhaps his appearance in my life is a sign I should try dating men again...? I'm a bit new to this and I really don't know what to think. I love your blog btw -- thank you for being so kind and patient with all your information, and for sharing your path so generously ☺️Best wishes xx
I want give you so many hugs and reassurances. Yes you a lesbian can worship a fertility god without having to date men. If any deity seems to want you to have sex with men you can say no and the deity will likely respect you all the more for sticking to your guns and knowing yourself. If not send them away. The gods do not decide who we have romantic and sexual feelings for. They are power forces of nature, leaders and muses we look up to for guidance and help—somewhat like we do to valued parents. However they are not like the people say the Christian god is (all knowing, all powerful, all present). They are people like we are, with their own goals and areas of control. A fertility god might teach you how to make the land healthy, might inspire you to become a midwife, or might teach you to garden, you might decide to sell your eggs, or get artificially inseminated someday and have a baby with your future beloved wife if that’s in store for you. Fertility means so many things. I have said no to gods and I have recommended saying no to gods or figures alike to gods and I will continue to. Don’t say no just to be contrary, but say no because you have self determination and can decide what is best for you.
What is it like when a god asks you to do something? You have a dream or vision where they show you something they want you to do. You get a weird urge that you don’t recognize as self to do something—the familiar part of yourself doesn’t especially inclined to do it, but some less familiar drive nudges it pushes you that way, maybe you feel chills or your head tingles. You keep getting tarot pulls or another form of divination you use with that god which point to that. You are doing automatic writing and have lent your hand to that deity and words or art implying or instructing something show up.
You do not have to promise to do anything counter to your true self and nature. I am bisexual, no deity or god will stop me being attracted to people of similar and different genders to me. We know that all too well from
Christian conversion camps, they do not work! You be you.
This isn't what therapy is about! This is suppose to bring you together, not apart. *hands Ayato and Laito a card* Hi, in Sasha, full time therapist, pregnant with twin boys. And if I can keep calm, while carrying two boys, I pretty sure you guys can be brought together by the forces of nature. All you ahead to do is take the positive energy from it, and set it between you two. Let's try again. And if it doesn't work now, it will soon. Trust me. You have my card.
Ayato: We don’t need a therapist.
Laito: And it’s not like we’re really interested in being brought together…
[MTK: Twins *v* Can I touch your belly???]
Ruki: You did want to become a midwife, after all…