Like millions of other people around the world, my husband Doug and I are watching the Olympics every evening on TV. As is often the case, we see the same thing, but it’s through the gender lens. I have never been engaged in sports. Tried softball in a couples’ league here in Juneau once, but …
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Self-Compassion

July 21st, 2016 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

A few days ago, I was at the store and had just finished paying for my groceries when a woman came over and said, “Barbara! I would have recognized you anywhere!” Noting my obvious lack of recognition, she said, “I’m Betty (something – was it Gomez?), you and I met in Anchorage in the 90’s …
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It’s been way too long since I wrote a blog for the Gather the Women. There’s been illness. There’s been a bit of malaise. There was also a 3 week visit from our daughter Amy and her baby Edith Simone. One forgets how much attention and care a baby needs. Edie is 9 months old …
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What exactly is “sacred activism”, and why is it that so many women in the Gather the Women sisterhood are engaged in it? By one definition, sacred activism is “a philosophy supporting personal and spiritual growth and the pursuit of wholeness”. Scrolling down the GTW Facebook page today, I came across Beth Bondo Bontley’s post …
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OOPS! I put down the wrong location for the Gather the Women Annual Gathering! It is in Los Gatos, California. It’s been quite a while since I wrote my last blog for Gather the Women. I’ve always taken my responsibilities seriously so not writing the blog has been weighing on me. I know that no …
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I am so moved by the images of the children who are clinging to their parents (literally for dear life) as they flee the violence and persecution in their own countries. There is a hauntingly beautiful song by Kurt Bestor that the Juneau Pride Chorus performs. (I’ve been a member for many years.) Numerous YouTube …
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The Wheel of Life

March 24th, 2016 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

How balanced is your life? Are you feeling unspoken and unmet needs? My friend Darcy and I explored this in a GTW circle gathering several years ago. We used “The Wheel of LIfe” (attached) to help the women visualize their level of satisfaction in ten different categories. Each category has three lines for filling in …
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Into 2016 Newsletter

February 17th, 2016 | Posted by DeborahBee in Newsletters - (0 Comments)

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Empathy

February 15th, 2016 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

My heart breaks for the women and children fleeing war and oppression in the Middle East. What would I do if I had to walk miles, keeping my small children close so I don’t lose them? I see little ones clinging to their mother’s black abaya and struggling to keep up. If you’ve ever been …
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What is your circle’s purpose? Does it need a purpose? Yes, it does. Can you just want to get together, sit in a circle, and chat with your women friends? Of course you can, however, it’s best to find an empty table at a coffee shop or have lunch to catch up with your friends. …
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