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What Do Mothers Make? Revolutions

Janet Elsbach of A Raisin and A Porpoise OUT 2014
Janet Elsbach of A Raisin and A Porpoise OUT 2014

Out of the Mouths of Babes writers are revolutionaries.

The work that is done, telling truths from inside motherhood, paves the way for others to do the same.
We all have mothers.
As women, our creative juices flow around whatever we make.
Engaging with real life makes more authentic creation possible and makes joy inevitable.

“If something inside of you is real, we will probably find it interesting, and it will probably be universal. So you must risk placing real emotion at the center of your work. Write straight into the emotional center of things. Write toward vulnerability. Risk being unliked. Tell the truth as you understand it. If you’re a writer you have a moral obligation to do this. And it is a revolutionary act—truth is always subversive.”

– Anne Lamott

Audience at OUT 2014
Audience at OUT 2014

I dream about the day when you all can be part of Out of the Mouths of Babes live and in person. Until then, thank you for reading us all here, for sharing this work of writing
from inside motherhood
with others and for risking
vulnerability, daily.



  • Suzi Banks Baum

    Here is what our very own Janet has to say today. I hope you are hungry. xoxo S

  • Julie Bond Genovese

    Oh my gawk that Janet is a pisser – loved the perfect potato tangent and bobble-headed reception, haw haw! xoxo

  • Julie Bond Genovese

    “Write straight into the emotional center of things.” And you DO – bless you angel-face!

  • DigitalKaitlyn

    Hi Suzi, so happy to find another Berkshire County blogger! Looking forward to chatting with you more. Maybe I’ll see you at the WAM Theatre event, although I think I am taking photos at the Saturday performance.

  • Suzi Banks Baum

    Happy to have you here Kaitlyn. Stop by many times! I host a guest blog series on mothering and creativity, answering the prompt “What do mothers make?” I’d love to hear how you answer that question. You can illustrate your blog with images. Email me if you are game. The OUT blog series runs in to April. xoxoxo S

  • DigitalKaitlyn

    I’d love to join in! If you have a second to email me, that would be great!

  • Nancy Moon

    Hi Suzi, I do look forward to seeing Out of the Mouths of Babes live and up-close-and-personal one day. Until then, I have your blog. Did I tell you that your Pinterest board is D I V I N E? Also the photographer above is very talented, love her depth of field.

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