Stephanie Renee Cluff

Mothered, By My Daughter

Today, my daughter mothered me. I lay on my side draped across my bed, windows open looking out to acres of trees and grass, soft breeze flowing through the bedroom. Cockatoos squawking and trees gently dancing with the wind. The clouds are scarce and low—blue sky expansively covering the earth like a dome. I feel soft and gentle …

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The Curse in Reverse

The holy dawn… At that moment they heard from behind them a loud noise—a great cracking, deafening noise as if a giant had broken a giant’s plate…. The Stone Table was broken into two pieces by a great crack that ran down it from end to end; and there was no Aslan. “Who’s done it?” …

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Milky flowers, blooming from your chest. Nested comfort and secure bond meet. Nourishment—pure and liquid gold. Focused service in colours of creams— A sweet and tender gift. Winds of change blow seasons past, Yet milky rivers flow and flow.

Birth, A Glorious Mess

Pop, burst, trickle,a puddle at my feet.A flood of mess,the start of ‘next’.Silence and sounds,yet no fear in sight.Ebbing and flowing,stillness is my delight.Finally the moment,two worlds collide.Our daily destinies,now intertwined.Red stained ground,marked by true love.Forever changed by,a glorious mess. Mess gets a bad wrap. “Cleanliness is next to godliness.” But what about the real …

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How to Have A Blessed Birth

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a christian or not, or give birth in hospital or not. The women the world over who have birthed well and come out of it feeling empowered and enriched—feeling that the experience has blessed them—they’ve done it understanding that fear doesn’t need to be a part of [the process]. And in such …

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An ‘O’ So Pleasurable Birth

If conception feels good, why not childbirth? If we can make a baby in bliss and ecstacy, why not birth a baby likewise? God is pro pleasure. The word ‘Eden’ (as in God’s starting place for humanity) literally means pleasure! Birth is a peak experience—full of wonder, ecstasy and awe (Privette, 2001). Like an orgasm …

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A Minimalist’s Guide to Baby #1

This is a short list. Six products for baby. Four products for mama. Babies don’t need much. I would rather have a few high quality items I love using, than 100s of lower quality items I barely get time to use. And after my super-short ‘must haves’, I’ve also included some optional extras. Must-Haves, for …

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A Letter of Humility

I’m not an originator. My approach is not new. It’s based in mysticism and the Christian tradition, with a physiological, scientific and neurological lens. I collect and curate thoughts and ideas from others. I use my own words and add my vocal inflections to them, but the content of my work is not new. There …

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