Monthly Archives: March 2004

Embracing Willendorf: Chapter Seven Levi Is Not Short For Leviticus

| By Byron Ballard | Few people can understand my obsession with owning a pair of Levi’s. My daughter cannot disguise her disdain for my name-brand folly, but there it is. They’re not the most stylish jeans, not the most …

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The Strong Women Summit

| By Lisa Sarasohn | “Everyone I see has a smile on their face,” the man standing in front of the fieldstone fireplace remarked as I walked by on my way to the lakeside porch. “What am I missing?” The …

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A Fox, 29 Cats, A Movie Star, And An Epiphany

| By Kerry Lee Daniel | “It was at this house, before I started school, that I experienced my first remembered moment of ecstasy. There were two large trees in the small front lawn. I was running between them, touching …

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CosmiComedy: Enlightenment at Sam’s Club

I confess. Every couple of months, I go to Sam’s Club. I take my list, grit my teeth and try to blow through the place in 15 minutes, not looking at the deck furniture on sale for $299, or the …

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The Journey of River Chickadee

| By Robin Brown | When we heard that Robin Brown (her email is riverchickadee) was about to load up her belongings and her 11-month old Australian shepherd Kootenay in Fairbanks, Alaska and head to Weaverville to study massage, we …

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Honoring the Women Who Came Before Us … and the Women Who Will Follow Us

| By Reeta Bochner Wolfsohn | National Women’s History Month (March) is an opportunity to think about and to reflect upon where women are today, how we got here and where we are going. The future success of every woman …

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Speaking Truth to Power: Women the Quaker Tradition

| By Elizabeth Roebling | If, upon entering the local Quaker Meeting House, you pick up the pamphlet on membership, you will read among the list of eight questions: “Are you prepared to suffer (as Friends have done) if God …

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Lillian Exum Clement Stafford

“I know that years from now there will be many other women in politics, but you have to start a thing.” Can you imagine what it was like to not have the right to vote? To be at the mercy, …

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Patsy Keever: Stepping Up and Making a Difference

| By Melissa Stanz | One of Patsy Keever’s earliest childhood memories is seeing a photo of her parents and her two older sisters smiling for the camera as they stood in Duke University’s gardens. She remembers wondering why she …

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Marie Hudson

I remember well the first time I saw her. I had just moved to Asheville and decided to check out the River District Artists Stroll in search of a painting for my new home. I was tired and hadn’t yet …

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Gardening as Mythological Quest

Well, maybe I’m making too big of a thing out of it. After all, there are few things more mundane than raking pine needles. Out there surgeons are replacing hearts, small governments in Africa are overthrowing each other, Bruce Willis …

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The “F” Word

| By Julie Parker | This issue on Women as Agents of Change would not be complete without some discussion of the “F” word: feminism. I was amazed, one day, when a discussion of feminism came up among the inner …

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Funny, Isn’t It?

My friend asked me, “Do you consider yourself a feminist?” I felt my spine grow steely and my jaw jut forward as I answered her. “Of course, I’m a feminist…how could I be anything else?” Why the defensive attitude, I …

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Susan Fisher: The Next Step

One dictionary definition of politics is the total complex of relations between people living in society. Or as one of my early Poli-Sci professors defined it: “Who gets What, When, How”! Given either of these ways of looking at politics, …

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