Author Archives: Barbara

About Barbara

Barbara Belknap spent the first half of her life in almost twenty different communities, from her birthplace of Portland, Oregon, to Kodiak, Alaska, to Puerto Rico. With a father in the Marine Corps and then a husband in the Coast Guard, moving was the norm. In 1989, her family chose Juneau, Alaska, to put down permanent roots. Her community of Juneau and the stunningly beautiful nature that surrounds it are very important parts of Barbara’s life. In October of 2001, Barbara was diagnosed with Stage 1 ovarian cancer and had two major surgeries. She reluctantly retired from her job as Executive Director of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute in 2002 to allow her body to recover. After several months of healing and adjustment, she went about the task of learning how to follow her passion for lifelong learning, community building, women’s issues, politics, and travel. Barbara has been involved with many women’s organizations, and is the current President of Gather the Women. She is also one of two Alaska delegates to Vision 2020, a Drexel University program that is focuses on achieving equality for women by 2020. Barbara married her husband Doug in 1969. They have two wonderful adult children: Amy, a Chef at the University of Washington in Seattle, and Will, a computer programmer with the State of Alaska, and a wonderful daughter-in-law, Shonda, in Juneau. Their grandchildren, Patrick and Marlena, live just 6 miles away.


August 18th, 2014 | Posted by Barbara in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

  By Barbara Belknap During our last Regional Coordinator call, I was asked to write a blog about how I get inspired. My subconscious has been working on it, and one unexpected thought was that the word “spire” is in the middle of inspiration. Technically, the word spire is from the Old English word “spir” …
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Save the World. Gather the Women.

August 9th, 2014 | Posted by Barbara in Activation | Inspiration - (0 Comments)

By Barbara Belknap My heart is pulled towards the women in war ravaged countries around the world. Today, August 8, 2014, there are Yazidi women on Mount Sinjar in northeastern Iraq clutching their hungry and thirsty children close to them. Some mothers have watched their children die of thirst. The Yazidi are only the latest …
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The List

July 30th, 2014 | Posted by Barbara in Activation | Gatherings | Inspiration - (0 Comments)

When the GTW Conveners worked with Jennifer Ball at their retreat, they birthed a list of values for themselves that would serve our families, our workplaces, our non-profits, and the world. Jennifer is a co-author of “Doing Democracy with Circles: Engaging Communities in Public Planning”, a consultant, and a member of Gather the Women Canada. …
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Indra’s Net Over Time

July 17th, 2014 | Posted by Barbara in Activation | Inspiration - (0 Comments)

By Barbara Belknap “Suspended above the palace of Indra, the Buddhist god who symbolizes the natural forces that protect and nurture life, is an enormous net. A brilliant jewel is attached to each of the knots of the net. Each jewel contains and reflects the image of all the other jewels in the net, which …
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Oh, Canada!

July 12th, 2014 | Posted by Barbara in Activation | Circles | Gatherings | Inspiration - (0 Comments)

Before I found Gather the Women Global Matrix, I knew a grand total of three Canadians. All three of them lived in Port Angeles, Washington, when we were stationed there with the Coast Guard in the mid-1980′s. Gail and Lyle were from Victoria directly across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Port Angeles. Lea …
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Virtues, Strengths, and Values

July 4th, 2014 | Posted by Barbara in Inspiration - (0 Comments)

By Barbara Belknap Note: In my past blogs, I have felt that I needed to write about circles, women’s circles, circling circles – you get the idea. As a result, I have spent way too much time thinking about the blog as opposed to actually writing it. On June 26, I was in Heather Plett’s …
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Goddesses and Mortals

June 22nd, 2014 | Posted by Barbara in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

What if every boy and girl around the world learned about goddesses in their history classes? Would it make a difference in how women are regarded? Is teaching about the existence of goddesses too revolutionary? Would there be an uproar among religious leaders and PTAs? An entire ancient belief system has been “disappeared”. I never …
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P.S. To Sacred Activism

June 10th, 2014 | Posted by Barbara in Activation | Circles | Gatherings | Inspiration - (0 Comments)

“Is Gather the Women an Activist Organization?” That is the subject of a June 8th post on Gather the Women’s Facebook page, and it is beautifully written. I am 66 years old. My memories of American activism center on the Women’s Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, Black Power, the Americans with Disabilities Act. All of …
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All is a circle within me….

June 1st, 2014 | Posted by Barbara in Circles | Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

The Circle All is a circle within me. I am ten thousand years old. I am as young as a newborn flower. I am a buffalo in its grave. I am a tree in bloom. All is a circle within me. I have seen the world through an eagle’s eyes. I have seen it from …
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“Gather the Women. Save the World.” Those simple phrases caught my attention many years ago and hold it still. On May 13th, Ann Smith, GTW Regional Coordinator, Millionth Circle Convener and Circle Connections founder in Naples, Florida, posted a link to a short YouTube video on the GTW Facebook page called “Women of the World …
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