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12th-May-2008 08:10 pm - Newsletter: Volume 2
Here is a round-up of the Women's Month of Strength posts for this week. Thanks for the terrific participation! If I've missed your post, please let me know and we'll include it in the newsletter. And remember, it's not too late to post on the prompt or challenge topic, nor are you confined to those topics. Post as the mood strikes you, and continue to spread the word about this celebration!

Media Meta and Memes -
thekatebeyond invites you to discuss your favorite TV moms.

Real-Life Inspirations -
bets_cyn profiles Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross.
holdouttrout reveals the psychic ability she and her mother share.
tigersvoice discovers Dame Evelyn Glennie.

Issues Facing Women -
bets_cyn talks about the challenges of housework.
tigersvoice questions what makes a mother?

Icons, Art, Photography -
athosionwarrior shares links to some Teyla art and fiction.
12th-May-2008 07:48 pm - Depictions of Moms on TV
Come share your feelings about the best TV moms and the way motherhood is depicted on TV. Discuss it here!
10th-May-2008 09:49 pm - Mother's Day
evilfun_acidroses
Kate & I have been discussing Moms and what makes a mom and I've been elected to do the Mother's Day post. :-)

1st.
Feel free to supply a link in the comments if you want to thank your mom or your mom-figure (or grams, sis, aunt, etc). Or if you have a "what makes a mom a mom" post. Or if you did anything special for your Mom/Mom-figure on Mom's day.

2nd.
To all you moms out there- blood moms and non-blood moms alike:
Thank you, moms!

3rd.
Really, what DOES make a mom a mom? Some of B's thoughts.

There are so many traits, characteristics, and feelings associated with the word "Mom". Does it have to be a blood relation? We all know so many situations that prove that line false.

Some of the things I think really make a mom a mom:

  • putting her kids first and above her own desires
  • making herself available to her kids at any time
  • knowing the value of holding on
  • having the strength to let go
  • knowing when to do both, hold on & let go
  • not judging when the 3am drunk call comes in to pick up her underage kid
  • laying into her kid at noon, after the 3am drunk pick me up call
  • driving to every away game
  • pulling out those embarrassing naked kid photos when her kid brings home their significant other
  • instilling her core belief that family comes first in life by her actions, not her words
  • offering those corny encouraging pep talks when her kid thinks their world is ending
  • going through that pain of squeezing a watermelon through a pin hole or allowing her stomach to be cut open
  • having the strength to accept someone else's child as their own
  • having the capacity to love another's child and the grace to dance the boundary of step-mom and mom
  • never expecting thanks


And those are definitely not all that I could list.

Mom's are those special people who raise us. Some times they get it wrong. Some times they get embarrassed by us. Some times they make us roll our eyes and pretend not to know them. Some times we wish they were with us as we make a hard decision. Some times we go home crying for them. They are human and we some times forget that.

On this special day, take the time to tell your mom- whomever she may be- you love them. And thank her for making you you. She guided you, whether you wanted her to or not, to who you are now.

Happy Mom's Day
10th-May-2008 09:45 pm - Action Challenge: Week 2
evilfun_acidroses

Action Challenge: Celebrating Family



The second challenge comes in time for Mother's Day, so feel free to use that as the reason for celebrating this Action Challenge!

The challenge, in this coming week, is to make a point to spend 10 minutes with a female family member you haven't talked to/spent time with in the last month.

This can be with your grams, sister, mom, aunt, niece, even an in-law! Some of us might not have blood family left or whom we are talking with. so if blood fam ain't your thing, you know you have someone you consider family... you can chose a friend you consider family and haven't talked with in two months. This action challenge can be talking on the phone or going out of your way to visit your chosen female family.

As always, whatever fits into your frenzied life works. These challenges are not intended to create more stress in our lives... so if you meet with your family in two weeks, it is fine, still let us know!

Reminder:


Action Challenges will be posted on Sundays. Please remember to post a link in your journal back to this post and then comment here about what you did and we'll throw it in the newsletter. :-) So get out there and enjoy the company of your family!

Thanks, y'all, for your efforts in this comm!
7th-May-2008 10:41 am - Prompt Announcement: Week 2
The prompt for week two is something each of us can relate to...

MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS

Remember, how you choose to interpret and respond to this prompt is up to you! You could choose to use it as a theme for fan fiction, contribute meta about portrayals of mothers in your fandom(s) or literature, share thoughts about the complexities of mother/daughter relationships, or share photos, quotes, artwork, or icons related to the theme. Let your creativity run free!

When you post in your journal, we'd appreciate it if you'd provide a link to this announcement, so your readers learn about the prompt and the celebration. It's not a requirement, but we'd be grateful!

Finally, comment to this announcement with a link to your post(s) if you'd like it included in our newsletter. And don't forget, you aren't limited to the weekly prompt. Celebrate every day in May!
6th-May-2008 07:37 pm - Bets' traits & profiles Week 1 post
evilfun_acidroses
Each week of the Strength in Women Month here at Celebrate_Women, I'm going to talk about a trait of strong women and post a profile of a strong women. Feel free to add your traits in the comments of this post... and if you have a profile, link to it!

This week...

Trait: ability to do housework despite the rest of the life

Profile: Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, suffragette, and founder of National 1st Aid Society
5th-May-2008 07:27 pm - Newsletter: Issue One
Here is a round-up of the Women's Month of Strength posts so far. Thanks for the terrific participation! If I've missed your post, please let me know and we'll include it in the next newsletter. And remember, it's not too late to post on the prompt or challenge topic, nor are you confined to those topics. Post as the mood strikes you, and continue to spread the word about this celebration!

Media Meta and Memes -
qa on the topic What I Learned From Fandom Women.
thekatebeyond explains why Avatar: the Last Airbender contains good role models for girls.

Literary Meta and Memes -
holdouttrout describes her early role models from YA lit.

Real-Life Inspirations -
pixie_on_acid creates a meme for Appreciating Female F-listers.
cbackson discusses the proud history of women in the labor movement.
tigersvoice admires composer Rachel Portman.
bets_cyn reminds us to look at the women close to us when we're looking for role models.
goodisrelative names three of her personal role models.
dremiel shares the history of and a famous letter from Henrietta Szold.
catku tells about a truly terrific female boss.

Issues Facing Women
cbackson invites us to discuss society's attitudes about sexual assault.

Icons, Art, Photography -
girlboheme posted at girlyb_icons 75 icons of inspiring women.
4th-May-2008 04:18 pm(no subject)
marta
Hi all,

This is a bit of a heavier topic than we've been talking about, but I wanted to share it with you all.

I've got a post here about rape survivors, the silence we're often asked to keep, and the (to my mind, horrible) idea that a life after rape isn't worth leading.

It's not graphic and I don't think would be triggering to a survivor.  I've allowed anon commented, and I'm screening comments just to keep out random trolls.  If you'd like to share an experience or reaction, please feel free to stop by.

Edited because I can't spell.
3rd-May-2008 11:08 pm - Action Challenge: Week 1
evilfun_acidroses

Action Challenge: Gathering with a Gal Pal



The first challenge is as simple as it is difficult in today's busy world. We have a tendency to say "I'll meet with her next week," then suddenly we look up and a month has gone by.

There is a forward I absolutely love about rocks and beer (occasionally with coffee)... the point is ya have to take care of the big stones [health, fam, friends], the little pebbles & sand [job] will fall into place, and there is always space [time] for a beer with a friend. Read it here at bets_cyn

The challenge, in this coming week, is to take the time to do something with your oldest/bestest/newest gal pal... or two or three!

It can be 15 minutes for a coffee; an evening of beers at the local joint, a night of old movies, chocolate, and wine; dinner or dinner and a movie; a walk in the park; kayaking a new/old fav place; trying a new activity; hitting that wine tasting class; making a clay pot together; or just gabbing over lunch.... whatever you can fit into the craziness of real life.

Reminder:


Action Challenges will be posted on Sundays. Please comment here about what you did and we'll throw it in the newsletter. :-) So get out there and enjoy the company of your gal pal(s)!
1st-May-2008 10:34 am - Prompt Announcement: Week 1
Let's get this party started! Time for our first prompt. *drumroll* And the prompt is...

ROLE MODELS

How you choose to interpret and respond to this prompt is up to you. You could choose to use it as a theme for fan fiction or fannish meta, post essays, photos, and quotes from/about your role models, or even host a discussion on what being a role model for women means to you. Let your creativity run free!

When you post in your journal, we'd appreciate it if you'd provide a link to this announcement, so your readers learn about the prompt and the celebration. It's not a requirement, but we'd be grateful!

Finally, comment to this announcement with a link to your post(s) if you'd like it included in our newsletter. And don't forget, you aren't limited to the weekly prompt. Celebrate every day in May!
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