Matrilineal Succession

August 17th, 2015 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

Genealogy is a passion of thousands of people. Maybe millions. My husband has been doing genealogy for over twenty years. When we were stationed with the Coast Guard in Washington, DC, we spent many weekends combing through files and micro-fiche at the National Archives, the Daughters of the Revolution, and the Library of Congress. Virtually …
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Circle Practice

August 1st, 2015 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

In late August of 2004, I traveled to Marsh House on Whidbey Island to learn how to contribute to the world from Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea of PeerSpirit. The Circle Practicum was called “Building Communities of Reflection, Adventure and Purpose”. Each day for a full week, we sat in circle in a beautiful building …
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Several times, I’ve sat down to write the blog for Gather the Women, but my mind is on one thing: Our daughter Amy is expecting her first child on September 25th. We know that the baby is a little girl. We know her name is Edie Simone Fisher. So, this blog will be personal, and …
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This is a personal blog that I want to share with all of you. It’s what keeps coming up for me even though it doesn’t fit inside the circle of GTW themes. My sister Kathy spent a month in California moving our father out of his home and into the local convalescent home. Our two …
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Yes. That is grammatically correct. TuBearsandLorraine. That’s how it rolls off my tongue. Tu Bears the Wise Woman. Tu Bears the Funny Woman. Tu Bears the Generous Woman. Tu Bears the Healer. Lorraine the Wise Woman. Lorraine the Artist. Lorraine the Teacher, Lorraine the Techie behind the Feather. Tu Bears and Lorraine. Every single day, …
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On May 3rd, I went to a baby shower for Heather, a friend who is a transplanted Rhode Islander and a distant cousin of my husband Doug. It had been many years since I’d been to a baby shower. At 67, the only two women I know who are pregnant are Heather, the honoree, and …
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Another Life Lesson

April 6th, 2015 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

My last blog was about “Forgiveness” (http://www.gatherthewomen.org/blog/) and I wrote that my sister was going to help my father move out of his home and go into a nursing home. She was in California thirty-three days and flew home to Tennessee yesterday. Dad is safe and in the local nursing home. Our younger brother and …
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Space for forgiveness

March 18th, 2015 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Empowerment - (0 Comments)

Heather Plett recently wrote a blog post about holding space. It struck a deep chord for me. My sister and I are going through a dark time with our elderly father, and I shared those feelings with Heather. I thanked her for a way to express my experience as holding space. I am holding space …
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Monks and Visions

February 22nd, 2015 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

I had a vision in 2007 and I painted it. First and last time I’ve ever done that, but I have had the painting on the wall in “the room of my own”*, unframed and a little crumpled, ever since. In 2007, when the Army in Burma was attacking Buddhist monks, there was an image …
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GTW Haiku

February 7th, 2015 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

Women in circle speaking from their hearts strong, safe, and loving. Circle contains us. Women are holding the rim strong, safe, and loving. Held by our sisters our hearts are open and tears flow because we are safe. Gather the women from all around the planet. We will save the world. A candle is lit. …
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