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Rich White Men Still Deciding for Women

January 24, 2017

 

This photo, and this executive order infuriates me. (I wanted to post it next to a classic painting from 1776 that excluded "ALL men--and women!") This federal ban will affect the health and well being, and survival, of 27 million women in the world, particularly women at risk and without means, and yet no women are represented. John, my boyfriend, observed that if they are genuinely, religiously, not in favor of abortion, then why not do more to prevent the need for having one. 

 

I am thinking about the profound Christian teaching of doing unto others what you would have them do unto you. Because these men are privileged (and old!), the kind of risk they are putting countless unnamed women in could never touch the women in their own lives. If it could, would they be so eager and determined to be a part of this inhumane executive order. Women will die. Which means children will be orphaned; children born into extreme poverty will suffer terribly; powerless families will grieve--but this needless suffering will never touch these men.

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September 27, 2019

"I felt myself still reliving a past which was no longer anything more than 

the history of another person."

--Proust, In Search of Lost Time

Recently as a volunteer demo-client, I joined a workshop on Noetic Balancing in-progress. Robert Waterman (who developed this meth...

September 7, 2019

This summer, Diedre, a BFW mentor and woman of color shared with me that she could not identify with the Inanna in my earlier painting of “Inanna-Ereshkigal in the Underworld” because of her light skin tone and blue eyes. I did not paint Inanna in my image. Rather, I e...

September 3, 2019

Birth Story Mentors do more than passively listen to birth stories. In co-creating a new narration, both storyteller and story mentor take into consideration traumatic events, physical and mental health and wellbeing, lifestyle, and a wholesome diet, all of which ultim...

August 30, 2019

I dedicate today’s blog to the Birth Story Medicine students who are completing eight weeks of Summer School (Parts II and III) tonight: Bernice, Aubrey, Megan, Sabrina, Donna, and the other students who audited the course.

As the summer semester came to a close, studen...

August 26, 2019

The past six years have been clouded by periods of uncertainty, cynicism, confusion, despair, and a fear of “running out of time.” Therapy provided insights into several issues but it did not seem to heal my heart which was becoming more guarded and wearier. I consider...

August 13, 2019

Is a story-teller doomed to carry the negative feelings and self-beliefs about birth like a ball and chain for the rest of their lives, ultimately handing it down to the next generation? Or, is it possible, in an hour-long session for a story-teller to achieve a lastin...

July 12, 2019

My Dear Friends and Summer Campers,

You may be wondering how am I, where the hell was I for summer camp yesterday, and what is going on. I will tell you. Over the last few months, it began insidiously, and I tried to ignore the call--from my own heart--I notice symptoms...

July 12, 2019

My Dear Friends and Summer Campers,

You may be wondering how am I, where the hell was I for summer camp yesterday, and what is going on. I will tell you. Over the last few months, it began insidiously, and I tried to ignore the call--from my own heart--I notice symptoms...

July 7, 2019

BIRTH STORY MEDICINE SUMMER SCHOOL

Recently, we announced our new Three-Part Birth Story Medicine course (that is replacing the former two-part course). 

This summer I am making the revised Part II and Part III available to students who were enrolled in Part II any time...

July 4, 2019

The Storytelling Year has been very rich. Perhaps storytellers became distracted by summer, I'm not sure, but, due to a lack of response in June, I cancelled the July class which was to be on Fairytales. It is my hope, that with this reminder, Quarter Two students and...

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