Category Archives: Herstory

POETICS: In the Service of Sophia

Poetic storytelling is humanity’s oldest, most effective teaching tool.  Imagine words as boxes, each one stuffed with multi–dimensional worlds of meaning.  The words act as a kind of shorthand to relay bits of condensed information – facts.  Poetry pries open … Continue reading

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Was Kavanaugh Drunk?

Watching the hearings with Brett Kavanagh yesterday it occurred to me the man might be inebriated.   He certainly consumed a lot of water, was belligerent and maudlin, and his face showed unusually red – especially the constantly twitching nose. I’m surprised … Continue reading

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Hidden Figures – A Different Approach to Promoting Mutuality

The other day, I re-blogged Sara Frykenberg’s  post about the impossibility of debating “mutuality,” which I define as the mutual respect required to approach each and any “other” as a peer.     The movie, Hidden Figures, starring Taraji Hensen, Octavia … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo # 27 Hay(na)ku Meets Philosophy

I have a theory about shopping;  it mimics the act of creation, which is to make something from nothing. Creativity, is what makes us godlike.  It is an act of divinity, a reflection of The Prime Creative Force.  The act … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo # 23 Cartomancy

I pulled the High priestess from my Ryder Waite tarot deck.  It’s the deck I learned to tell the cards with and its still my favorite because it incorporates so many plain, simple and universal symbols.  However, I have a … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo # 19 Landays

I hope you  all read the article on landays.  I’m fascinated on many levels but mostly by how ancient the form is.  I am so consistently amazed by how forms, symbols, ideas, customs persist through millennia. In spite of myriad … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo #16 Terzenelle

Who says poets don’t work hard? I feel liked I’ve walked ten miles. Almost caught up- will manage #12 some other day. It’s an easy one, thank Brigit (Celtic goddess of poetry).  This is such an interesting form though.  I … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo -Fifth Prompt – The Belle of Amherst

A few years ago, I was asked to write the program notes for The Belle of Amherst, a one-woman play about Emily Dickinson written by William Luce, and immersed myself in all things Emily.  I didn’t read all her poems, … Continue reading

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Precious Solitude

Solitude is one of the gifts women deny themselves – sometimes for an entire lifetime. Yet it is one of our most precious and necessary birthrights. One, like so many others, that has been stolen by the predominant culture in … Continue reading

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Crazy Wisdom

I was an odd awkward child, an army brat dropped into new schools as regularly as other kids get new shoes or longer jeans. To defend myself, I made a virtue out of abnormality. I shaped my difference into a … Continue reading

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