Author Archives: Barbara Belknap

About Barbara Belknap

Barbara Belknap spent the first half of her life in almost twenty different communities, from her birthplace of Portland, Oregon, to Kodiak, Alaska, to Puerto Rico. With a father in the Marine Corps and then a husband in the Coast Guard, moving was the norm. In 1989, her family chose Juneau, Alaska, to put down permanent roots. Her community of Juneau and the stunningly beautiful nature that surrounds it are very important parts of Barbara’s life. In October of 2001, Barbara was diagnosed with Stage 1 ovarian cancer and had two major surgeries. She reluctantly retired from her job as Executive Director of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute in 2002 to allow her body to recover. After several months of healing and adjustment, she went about the task of learning how to follow her passion for lifelong learning, community building, women’s issues, politics, and travel. Barbara has been involved with many women’s organizations, and is the current President of Gather the Women. She is also one of two Alaska delegates to Vision 2020, a Drexel University program that is focuses on achieving equality for women by 2020. Barbara married her husband Doug in 1969. They have two wonderful adult children: Amy, a Chef at the University of Washington in Seattle, and Will, a computer programmer with the State of Alaska, and a wonderful daughter-in-law, Shonda, in Juneau. Their grandchildren, Patrick and Marlena, live just 6 miles away.

Why I Go

October 11th, 2015 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

I’ve got my Warm Weather Clothes picked out for the trip from Juneau, Alaska to Tampa, Florida. We have our plane tickets. We have a reservation to overnight in Seattle, and my husband Doug has booked a Tampa hotel on the beach. After the last bell is rung, I will join him so we can …
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Dear Edie,

October 2nd, 2015 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

Dear Edie, I am your Maternal Grandmother, your mother’s mother. We live in Alaska. You have another grandmother who is your father’s mother and she lives in Washington. We both love you very much. You already know your Birth Story on September 16, 2015 in Everett, Washington. Your mother will tell you about the twelve …
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“Oh, the humanity!”

September 16th, 2015 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Activation | Articles - (0 Comments)

That is what Herbert Morrison, an American radio reporter cried out when the Hindenburg zeppelin, a German passenger airship, exploded on May 6, 1937 near Lakehurst, New Jersey. It burst into flames and the thirty-six people on board perished. Since then, the expression has been used to describe all kinds of disasters. It’s what I’ve …
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Matrilineal Succession

August 17th, 2015 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

Genealogy is a passion of thousands of people. Maybe millions. My husband has been doing genealogy for over twenty years. When we were stationed with the Coast Guard in Washington, DC, we spent many weekends combing through files and micro-fiche at the National Archives, the Daughters of the Revolution, and the Library of Congress. Virtually …
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Circle Practice

August 1st, 2015 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

In late August of 2004, I traveled to Marsh House on Whidbey Island to learn how to contribute to the world from Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea of PeerSpirit. The Circle Practicum was called “Building Communities of Reflection, Adventure and Purpose”. Each day for a full week, we sat in circle in a beautiful building …
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Because I’m Her Mother

July 24th, 2015 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

Several times, I’ve sat down to write the blog for Gather the Women, but my mind is on one thing: Our daughter Amy is expecting her first child on September 25th. We know that the baby is a little girl. We know her name is Edie Simone Fisher. So, this blog will be personal, and …
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Judge not lest ye be judged

June 24th, 2015 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Gather the Women | Inspiration - (0 Comments)

This is a personal blog that I want to share with all of you. It’s what keeps coming up for me even though it doesn’t fit inside the circle of GTW themes. My sister Kathy spent a month in California moving our father out of his home and into the local convalescent home. Our two …
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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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Of Bellies and Babies

May 12th, 2015 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Empowerment | Humor | Inspiration - (0 Comments)

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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Another Life Lesson

April 6th, 2015 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

My last blog was about “Forgiveness” ( and I wrote that my sister was going to help my father move out of his home and go into a nursing home. She was in California thirty-three days and flew home to Tennessee yesterday. Dad is safe and in the local nursing home. Our younger brother and …
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