Monthly Archives: November 2012

30 Women in 30 Days – Day 4

Everything about you has beauty…even your tears.

Tears pour out the feelings that words alone can’t express.

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” There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief… and unspeakable love. “ -Washington Irving

“Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before–more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.” – Charles Dickens, Great Expectation

 

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30 Women in 30 Days – Day 3

Love your body for what it can do, not for how it looks.

Celebrating our physical strength is so important in realizing what makes each of us beautiful and unique.  We can’t all be ballerinas, body builders or yoga masters but we all have energy and the strength to accomplish amazing things.  Each of us can choose to channel our energy into nurturing our body and becoming more loving toward it.

A prima ballerina has strength and skills that take years of practice to perfect.

Photography by Richard Calmes

Physical strength isn’t just for the young.

Tao is a yoga master, ballroom dancer, former actress and model and lover of wine. She is 93 years old.

Earnestine Shepherd is a 74 year old body builder.
She didn’t start working out until she was 54.

It pays to be fearless.

30 Women in 30 Days – Day 2

Women Warriors

American women in the military face the same risks as their male counterparts.  The ban restricting women from fighting in combat still exists but in practice it’s a very different scene.  Women serve as gunners, they pilot helicopters and airplanes in combat zones, lead platoons and defuse bombs.

So far, 144 U.S. women soldiers have died in Iraq and Afghanistan and over 600 have been injured.  Women are suffering burns and losing limbs in combat and are dealing with traumatic amputations.   If society judges a woman on her appearance it must be incredibly difficult for these women to adjust to life as an amputee or a burn victim.

These women are and will always be beautiful and it has nothing to do with their appearance. They are incredibly brave and stand up for what they believe in.  I thank them for their service.

U.S. female American soldiers in combat

30 Women in 30 Days – Day 1

For the next 30 days I’m going to rebel against the conventional ideal image of a woman … a thin youthful body with shapely hips and large breasts.

It’s no wonder some women have no compassion for their bodies.  The public image of beauty has become so standardized that if a woman doesn’t measure up to this image she often develops a distorted sense of her own beauty.  That’s so very sad.

A woman’s value to society should never be measured by her age or her curves.

Live without pretending.

Love without depending.

Listen without defending.

Speak without offending.

-Day #1-

“The Favorite”
by Leon-Francois Comerre

Daydreams

I’m thinking about how nice it would be to share coffee with him this morning.  His sharp mind leads me into his world with a hunger for more. I search for a gap in the wall that keeps us apart, hoping to peer into his heart and find myself there.  Poetic thoughts of love and lust rule my day. When I look off into the distance I see only him and I smile.


“Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind.” 

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow