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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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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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 Gather the Women | Inspiration - (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!