Category: Personal

Imaging Isabella

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There’s a growing interest in discovering our past and the way we all are connected to extended families. Maybe the rapid change and uncertainty of current life increases our longing for roots in the past that aren’t going to shift. Perhaps the interest stems from the increase in knowledge about genetics and epigenetics, the links between nature and nurture, and…

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Girl Power

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Research shows that supporting the development of girls, through improving their education and health, has a long term ripple effect on the wellbeing of their families and communities. For a girl in poverty, even an extra year of schooling can boost her eventual income by 10 to 25% and education delays her age of marriage and number of…

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Writing in Sanctuary

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When my eldest son left home, my youngest daughter was nine. For a school project, she had to present a poem based on a given word. Her word was ‘quiet’. Her poster was illustrated with people hushing their pursed lips with their index tip. It read:Shhhhh do not disturbThis is a place of peace and quietA sanctuaryPeople thinking…

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Dancing Diva

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Dreams of dancing filled my childhood as pictures of ballerinas cluttered my walls.  In a large family there was no time for indulgences such as lessons.  But when a school friend and her grandmother took me to see Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev dance Giselle in 1964, I was entranced.  Standing my stocky ground, I finally convinced my…

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Storied Journey

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Shared stories connect us as human beings. Stories can soothe sorrows or excite passion, spark creativity and foster dreams.  Jung described myths, stories shared across cultures and eons, as the collective unconsciousness of humanity.  From Greek, through Persian, Nordic and Celtic myths, to present day novels and blogs, archetypal stories re-appear: the mother, the hero/ine, the wanderer, the…

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Sweet Dreams

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Sweet dreams are made of ….. what? Even Annie Lennox of the Eurhythmics wasn’t quite sure. Although her comment that ‘everybody’s looking for something’ may hold some clues, according to the latest take on Freudian dream theory from South African neuropsychologist, Professor Mark Solms. He was drawing on new neuroscientific research about the function of dreams.I heard Professor…

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