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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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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Another Life Lesson

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

My last blog was about “Forgiveness” (https://www.gatherthewomen.org/blog/) 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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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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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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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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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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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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