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.

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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Monks and Visions

February 22nd, 2015 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

I had a vision in 2007 and I painted it. First and last time I’ve ever done that, but I have had the painting on the wall in “the room of my own”*, unframed and a little crumpled, ever since. In 2007, when the Army in Burma was attacking Buddhist monks, there was an image …
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GTW Haiku

February 7th, 2015 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

Women in circle speaking from their hearts strong, safe, and loving. Circle contains us. Women are holding the rim strong, safe, and loving. Held by our sisters our hearts are open and tears flow because we are safe. Gather the women from all around the planet. We will save the world. A candle is lit. …
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Women Will Save the World

January 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Empowerment | Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

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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Musings on a Sunday Afternoon

January 12th, 2015 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Circles | Gatherings - (0 Comments)

Last Sunday, my friend Darcy and I met at Vintage Faire, a coffee shop tucked away in our local mall and a halfway point between our homes. We each picked out a teabag, carefully filled our mugs with scalding water from the spigot, and found a table for two. In Juneau, we forego the darling …
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Forgiveness and Strength

December 30th, 2014 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Activation | Empowerment | Inspiration - (0 Comments)

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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Refusing to Release a Big Idea

December 14th, 2014 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Activation | Empowerment | Gatherings | Inspiration - (0 Comments)

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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Inclusion is Love

December 3rd, 2014 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

By Barbara Belknap, GTW Regional Coordinator, Juneau, Alaska On December 1st, Alaska’s new Governor Bill Walker and Lt. Governor Byron Mallott were sworn into office. It was a momentous day for the Alaska Native community because Byron Mallott is a Tlingit from the tiny village of Yakutat. It was also a momentous day for Progressives …
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Thanksgiving Week in America

November 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Gather the Women - (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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