HYACINTH © 2002 Julie Parker
sphere is made up of not one, but an infinite number of circles; women
have diverse gifts, and to say that women's sphere is the family circle
is a mathematical absurdity."
First Woman Astronomer in the United States and the First Woman member
of the American Academy of Arts and Science, Hall of Fame.
mothers of this inventionWNC Womancall all women
of Western North Carolina to join us in finding our voices and sharing
our wisdom in this publication.
are dedicated to giving voice to the lives of women
in Western North Carolina by sharing stories and insights as a way of
honoring, exploring and expanding one another in both our personal and
professional lives. We will weave a web of women expressing their personal
power, joy, and wisdom. We extend the voices of many who are courageously
exploring and sharing their realities for the highest good of all.
us celebrate our differences. We are not one monolithic group:
we are natives and newbies, wealthy and worried about paying the rent.
Some of us are in relationship (traditional or otherwise); others are
happily (or not so happily) alone. We are "Maidens, Mothers, Crones"
. . . and everything in between. Some of us have our acts together,
and some of us are barely hanging on. Each of us is a pilgrim on her
own journey with her own internal compass, her own map of the territory,
her own mileposts and destination.
us shine a light on women who are overcoming obstacles.
Sometimes our lives seem like one long obstacle course. Throughout Western
North Carolina, we are leaping over obstacles of our own making, pole
vaulting over limitations imposed by family or society. We are in the
process of transforming our lives. Each unfolding, even each small step
forward, gives us all courage and inspiration to do the same. Some of
us are dealing with rising out of poverty or struggling with substance
abuse. All of us struggle with our own self-imposed limitations. Let
us find the courage to know that we are the authors of our own lives.Let
us celebrate our victories together. Small victories or large onesall
are worthy of a "You go, girl!"
us learn together about power. Starting with personal power,
let's explore how to uncover it, to acknowledge it, and to use it for
the highest good.
us learn together about love. Starting with loving ourselves,
let's explore how caring for and nurturing ourselves is a prerequisite
for caring for our families and our planet.
us weave together a rich tapestry of our experience, our
courage, and our love for the benefit of ourselves and all of our sisters
in these mountains.
us share our growth toward wholeness and well-being.
we do this? Can we come together in print and in cyberspace
to create a community of women who are coming into their power and the
fullness of their love for themselves, for others, for the Earth and
the creatures who share it with us? Can we use the compost of our own
"mistakes", our own grief and sorrow, to create the fertile
soil for our own growth? Let's see!
Publisher, Associate Editor
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