Thanksgiving Week in America

November 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Thursday is Thanksgiving in the United States. It’s one of those holidays that has always been a Food Event. There is a traditional menu that is almost sacred script: turkey, stuffing, cranberries, sweet potatoes/yams, and finished off with pumpkin pie with whipped cream topping or Cool Whip. I will set the table with my grandmother’s …
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Weaving Silken Threads

November 12th, 2014 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Circles | Inspiration - (0 Comments)

In Berlin, Germany, late in the evening on Monday, November 10th, a young woman named Katharina Sebert sits at her table all prepared for the Gather the Women Regional Coordinators monthly call. Her phone, the meeting agenda, her pen, and a cup of tea are arranged in front of her. In Juneau, Alaska, I, an …
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Post-Election Musings

November 6th, 2014 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Inspiration - (0 Comments)

I am a political junkie. I’ve always been interested in politics, but I have never wanted to run for office myself. In a state like Alaska, running for office and winning is not an insurmountable goal like it is in the other 49 states. There are just over 735,000 people in our huge state and …
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Women’s Voices

October 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Inspiration | Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

I believe that women are the greatest force for good in the world today. Yes, that is a blanket statement big enough for a theoretical King Size Bed, but I believe it’s true. Countries where women are empowered do better than countries where women’s voices are silenced. All over the world, there are conflicts that …
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Today I’ve been so touched by what I’ve read on the Gather the Women Facebook page that I am “tongue-tied”. I’m going to use TuBears and Lorraine Lima’s women to speak for me today. I love these women!

Our Altars

October 10th, 2014 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Circles | Gatherings - (0 Comments)

Hali Karla’s blog post on October 8 has been on my mind ever since I read it on GTW’s Facebook page. It is what Heather Plett calls “open-hearted writing”. If you didn’t catch it as it flowed through the Facebook River, you will be rewarded if you go back and find it. Her website is …
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Women’s Laughter

October 7th, 2014 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Activation | Gatherings | Humor - (0 Comments)

On my way home from grocery shopping, windshield wipers going full tilt, I was thinking about my next blog post and up popped women’s laughter. Juneau is breaking all records for rain and that’s saying something in a city that measures annual rainfall in feet. As I was checking out at Safeway, I said something …
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Our annual Gather the Women gathering ended with one last ring of the bells at noon on Sunday, September 21st. Our GTW Facebook pages glow with images of brilliantly colored scarves laid out like the spokes of a wheel around the center altar. In honor of the history of the Black Hills, there were times …
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Our Charging Station

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

In a little over three weeks the women will be gathering. Last year, we said our long goodbyes on the shore of an exquisite turquoise lake in the mountains of California. This time, we will greet each other with warm hugs in Rapid City, South Dakota, in the Great Plains. After months of making do …
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