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Mr. Lincoln, Can We Borrow Your Vision?

Posted by on Nov 20th, 2012 in From Ellen | 2 comments

Mr. Lincoln, Can We Borrow Your Vision?

Last Saturday night my husband and I went to see the movie Lincoln. It is really wonderful and inspiring—quite a history lesson. But in the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit that I slept a bit throughout the movie. I simply couldn’t help it. Lincoln’s voice (or should I say Daniel Day Lewis’s voice) was so calming and soft tempered it just put me to sleep. My husband was shocked that I closed my eyes because he was riveted the entire time. While I was awake I kept thinking, “Oh, I hope this is what President Lincoln was...

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Rev. Dr. Duncan Newcomer: What General Petraeus really needed.

Posted by on Nov 16th, 2012 in Guest Blogs, Sacred Feminists | 3 comments

Rev. Dr. Duncan Newcomer: What General Petraeus really needed.

My friend, Duncan, brings us a totally new vision to the “Petraeus affair.” Even though this scenario has played out many times in history, there has been a lot of theorizing about how something like this could happen. I really love Duncan’s nonjudgmental understanding of what the general and many men are struggling with and how the sacred feminine will help.  There are two books I would want the general to read: “The Birth of Pleasure: A New Map of Love” by Carol Gilligan and “Desperately Seeking Mary,” by myself. The...

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Take the time to judge your judges

Posted by on Nov 14th, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Difficult as it is to believe, Texas has reinstated Judge William Adams, who was videotaped beating his daughter with a belt. The incident happened in 2004 but the videotape was released on YouTube in 2011(warning: very difficult to watch). The Dallas Morning News explains he was issued a public warning. They also write, “Adams doesn’t come up for re-election until 2014. However, county commissioners voted earlier this year to cut his 2013 salary by 1.6 percent to $144,000. Other elected county officials received a 2 percent...

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Vote

Posted by on Nov 5th, 2012 in From Ellen | 0 comments

Four years ago I printed t-shirts that said, “Vote Without Fear.” On the back I referenced “Night of Terror, November 15, 1917.” If you aren’t familiar with this story that has circulated about the horrors many women endured in order for each of us to be able to vote, The National Center for Excellence in Women’s Health summarizes the events in November quite well. The most riveting sentences to me are, “The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White...

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Diana Piedra: Yoga, Action, and Sacred Feminism

Posted by on Nov 2nd, 2012 in Guest Blogs, Sacred Feminists | 0 comments

I am honored to introduce my guest blogger, Diana Piedra, a friend and wonderful yoga teacher. She embodies all aspects of the practice of yoga. She is as beautiful in spirit as she is in body. When she responded to my recent post, “Why is there a market for sexual slavery?”, I asked her if she could elaborate on her recent experience with yoga trainer Seane Corn. These two women are fabulous Sacred Feminists!  Hello Sacred Feminist supporters- what a sunshine filled and chilly day here in Chicago! I am Diana Piedra, a yoga...

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I surrender to Sandy

Posted by on Oct 29th, 2012 in Books, From Ellen | 1 comment

I am sitting in my daughter’s Boston studio apartment, awaiting the worst of hurricane Sandy.  I’m not on my way to the airport to catch my flight home. I need to get home in order to leave for a business trip on Wednesday. But I can’t. And there isn’t anything I can do about it except….surrender. My husband’s boss eloquently said, “Don’t fight it. It will be less stressful.” Why is it so hard to surrender? When you have to do it you usually don’t have any choices anyway. So, I am...

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Rev. Warren Lynn: Balancing Journey & Home-making

Posted by on Oct 26th, 2012 in Guest Blogs | 0 comments

Rev. Warren Lynn: Balancing Journey & Home-making

Rev. Warren Lynn is a good friend of mine from the “labyrinth world.” We sat together on the Veriditas Council and have attended and worked together at several workshops. I don’t know how he does it, but eloquent thoughts, prayers, essays just spill out of his mouth. It is a true gift of Spirit! I asked him to share an article he wrote about Sacred Balance of the Home-making (feminine) and Journey (masculine). I had never thought of the process like he proposes it before I read this article. Warren wrote this as an...

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American Nuns

Posted by on Oct 24th, 2012 in News, Sacred Feminists | 0 comments

I just couldn’t let any more time go by without writing a post about the awesomeness of the American Nuns and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). They are great examples of true Sacred Feminists. The Atlantic Magazine has done a series of articles on Brave Thinkers of 2012 and “American Nuns” is one of them. I love this article because it gives a simple timeline of the events between the nuns and the Vatican since April. So it is easy to get up to speed with what has happened. I also love that the nuns have been thoughtful,...

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Why Is There a Market for Sexual Slavery?

Posted by on Oct 22nd, 2012 in From Ellen | 4 comments

I have toyed with the idea of not writing any more in this blog post and just letting the title question speak for itself. But I can’t. I have too much to say about this subject. I am not a studied expert on the subject of the sexual slave trade. But, I have observed the world’s reaction to it and prostitution for most of my fifty-two years of life. If you are friends with me on Facebook you have seen my posts about the wonderful book and PBS miniseries, Half the Sky. I think it should be mandatory reading for all adult humans.  The authors,...

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Judith Tripp: What IS the Sacred Feminine?

Posted by on Oct 19th, 2012 in Guest Blogs, Sacred Feminists | 1 comment

I am over the moon to have my first guest blogger be Judith Tripp, the founder and creator of the Dream Quest experience and Sacred Feminine expert! Judith and I have worked together on the Veriditas Council helping to promote the growth of the labyrinth in the world.  Judith recently published her book, Circleway, The Story of the Women’s Dream Quest, and I can tell you it’s WONDERFUL! I always love learning language that speaks to the Sacred Feminine and Judith does that brilliantly and easily in her book. If you aren’t familiar with the...

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