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Gather The Women

What We Bring to the Table

July 4th, 2017 | Posted by DeborahBee in Empowerment - (0 Comments)

What We Bring to the Table By Barbara Belknap   This morning, I was in a virtual circle with several women discussing Chapter 4 of “Women Who Run with the Wolves” by Clarrissa Pinkola Estes. We meet via ZOOM and can see each other in a kind of virtual checkerboard. The discussion was as rich …
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“Women Who Run with the Wolves” and those who try to keep up! A dedicated group of GTW women are reading “Women Who Run with the Wolves”, the Clarissa Pinkola Estes classic. It’s not an easy read. The Albuquerque Tribune book reviewer wrote, “This isn’t some snappy self-help breeze-along packed with one-liners about mining the …
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Focus. Focus.

November 27th, 2016 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Empowerment | Inspiration - (0 Comments)

I think about writing my Gather the Women blog every day, and yet each day passes without a blog. But why? My last blog was on October 10th. Yes, I’ve been sick. Yes, I could write myself a note excusing myself. Illness and insomnia have had a way of superseding all else, but there are …
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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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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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By Barbara Belknap I’m very tired today. Last night I didn’t feel well, but I pushed myself and went to a Planned Parenthood online conference meeting about a half mile from our house. It was worth it. There were several young women there, three of us over 50, and Alyson, the brilliant young local Planned …
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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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