“ When women speak truly they speak subversively – they can’t help it: if you’re underneath, if you’re kept down, you break out, you subvert. We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experiences as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change.” – Ursula Le Guin
“ I think deep down we know that our creativity is not just for us. The creative power flows through us and it’s not meant to stop there. We need to keep the faucets open and allow the gift of creativity to circulate, so that it can touch other people. So it can grow beyond our own limited reach. “ Anna Lovind, The Creative Doer
I found this video ‘ Great Gardens: Jardin en Cévennes’ of a beautiful garden in the South of France. It’s a moments reprieve, it’s an oasis, it’s a breath of fresh air.
“ I will stand up for myself and voice my opinions with confidence.”
“The joy you feel when doing your work is a gift from life to you. Sharing that work is how you give back.”Anna Lovind
“ I will communicate openly and honestly, and when I need to assertively.”
It was late fall and crisp.
Leafless trees were approaching fast.
But a still a few had tongues enough
to whisper; orange, yellow and red jazz
through the swinging door.
Inside the air was close and smoky.
Eyes closed, heads dropping into
their drinks, bodies swayed to the beat.
I blew into the bottom of glasses,
wiped and placed back onto shelves.
I caught her in the mirror, just her back
just as she was leaving the stage.
Her white gown flowing.
Wilted gardenia petals around the mike.
“ I will not allow others to guilt or manipulate me into doing things I’m not comfortable with.”