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Friday, the 13th, Weinstein Victims, & Women Wage Peace

Pat TaubPat Taub

Friday, October 13th

Here’s a bit of trivia about the unlucky status attached to the number 13. According to scholars of Women’s Spirituality the number 13 was purposely denigrated by the founders of the patriarchal religions to eradicate the influence of the Mother Goddess. In goddess worshipping cultures, the number 13 was often revered, as it represented the number of lunar and menstrual cycles that occur annually. We can choose what we believe. I’ll go with the goddess interpretation.

 

Some Good News in our Bad News Cycle

I was heartened this week by the many brave women who came forth to attest that the ultra-piggy Hollywood mogul, Harvey Weinstein had sexually abused them. Some claims go back 30 years. Amy Goodman on “Democracy Now” had insightful interviews with some of these women. I heartily recommend watching it to understand how women are fighting back.

Another encouraging development this week was news of the latest peace march by “Women Wage Peace,” a group of Israeli and Palestinian women who have joined forces to pressure their governments to find a peaceful solution to their seemingly endless war.

 

Pat Taub, WOW Blog, Portland, Maine

Women Wage Peace March at the Dead Sea

 

A Fall Chill Has Arrived

This week was the first time I turned on my gas fireplace, which has been lonely, waiting for me to pull up a chair to sit and read by it. I have a new Guerrilla Girls mug which will be the perfect container for the hot tea to accompany my reading. I’ve attached a photo with the empty chair because my efforts to snap a selfie of myself in the chair fizzled.

 

 

 

The WOW 30-Day Self-Care Plan

This week I blogged about this self-care plan. So far I haven’t had many takers, but I’m attempting to practice what I preach and follow it. The biggest payoff has been meditating before bed. My sleep has improved.

 

A Positive Image for Everyone

Because we can all use some uplifting, here’s a photo of a pop-art image from the Broad Museum in LA, which I visited two weeks ago.  (My son critiqued it for not being centered. One of these days my photo skills will improve, but until then, bear with me.)

 

Pat Taub is a family therapist, writer and activist and life-long feminist. She hopes that WOW will start a conversation among other older women who are fed up with the ageism and sexism in our culture and are looking for cohorts to affirm their value as an older woman.

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