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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August 18th, 2014 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

  By Barbara Belknap During our last Regional Coordinator call, I was asked to write a blog about how I get inspired. My subconscious has been working on it, and one unexpected thought was that the word “spire” is in the middle of inspiration. Technically, the word spire is from the Old English word “spir” …
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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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Indra’s Net Over Time

July 17th, 2014 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Activation - (0 Comments)

By Barbara Belknap “Suspended above the palace of Indra, the Buddhist god who symbolizes the natural forces that protect and nurture life, is an enormous net. A brilliant jewel is attached to each of the knots of the net. Each jewel contains and reflects the image of all the other jewels in the net, which …
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Oh, Canada!

July 12th, 2014 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Activation | Circles | Gatherings - (0 Comments)

Before I found Gather the Women Global Matrix, I knew a grand total of three Canadians. All three of them lived in Port Angeles, Washington, when we were stationed there with the Coast Guard in the mid-1980’s. Gail and Lyle were from Victoria directly across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Port Angeles. Lea …
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By Barbara Belknap Note: In my past blogs, I have felt that I needed to write about circles, women’s circles, circling circles – you get the idea. As a result, I have spent way too much time thinking about the blog as opposed to actually writing it. On June 26, I was in Heather Plett’s …
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