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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This month I let go of two grudges. Both were righteous and based on pain inflicted on two women I love very much, but both of those grudges needed to go. It turned out to be as easy as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz clicking the heels of her ruby red slippers together three …
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Om Durga

December 21st, 2014 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Activation | Empowerment | Inspiration - (0 Comments)

“Earth Mother” by Jenness Cortez with Patricia Gutierrez Salazar and Veronica Negrete Om Durga by Julie Freeman You can be sure She is awake Summoned by the gods again For battle Perplexed by their own chaos They quietly confess they need her Now more than ever To move mountains Put out fires End the endless …
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by Barbara Belknap How many women in the world got an email from Jean Shinoda Bolen today? I’m on her mailing list, and when I see her newsletter I stop whatever else I’m doing and read it. Today, her newsletter features an essay she named “Still Here”. Jean is one of many women on this …
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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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Women’s Equality Day

August 25th, 2014 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Activation - (0 Comments)

by Barbara Belknap Today I wrote a letter to our local newspaper, the Juneau Empire, to mark Women’s Equality Day on August 26. I’m going to repurpose it with some editing for my GTW blog post. It might be a good circle discussion to talk about the status of women’s rights in your state or …
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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 Belknap in Activation | Gatherings - (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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