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#NastyWomenWriters: Paula Modersohn-Becker, German, 1876-1907 Women and Ambition, by Theresa C. Dintino

#NastyWomenWriters: Paula Modersohn-Becker, German, 1876-1907 Women and Ambition Theresa C. Dintino What if there were a woman born in the late 1800s with the ambition to paint a way no woman had ever painted before, to paint women in a way women had never been painted before, to bring the female sensibility and perspective to art in a way it had not been seen before? What if that woman had a lot of ambition and fought her position, status and the misogyny and sexism of the day and actually succeeded in doing everything she had set out to do? If there were such a woman and she did accomplish...

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#NastyWomenWriters—Marija Gimbutas: Unearthing the Goddess, Rocking My World, by Theresa C. Dintino

#NastyWomenWriters—Marija Gimbutas: Lithuanian-American 1921-1994 Unearthing the Goddess, Rocking My World Theresa C. Dintino I don’t know that there is any book that changed my life more than Marija Gimbutas’ The Language of the Goddess. I cannot remember what my life was like before I opened this book, before I knew these images, these cultures. Most probably they were always there, buried deep in the layers of my consciousness—women’s prehistory—haunting my dreams and moments of deep repose. Gimbutas’ book offered them context. And that was not a small thing. That was everything....

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#NastyWomenWriters—Ursula K. Le Guin: Women, Writing and Motherhood, by: Theresa C. Dintino

#NastyWomenWriters—Ursula K. Le Guin: (b. 1929) Women, Writing and Motherhood, by: Theresa C. Dintino When I was in my late twenties, there was one essay I read in the New York Times Book Review that moved me so deeply that I immediately signed up for a summer writing workshop where the writer of the essay was teaching. It was not like me to go to writing workshops anymore at that age. I was in complete burnout with the workshop culture from my college writing program and the many writing workshops I had gone to after. I was what I would call a “beginning writer” at that point, trying to...

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The Memory of a Thing is the Song that it Sings

Wedeme tell us that they work with the memories that are stored inside us, inside our bones, inside our psyches, inside our hearts. They tell us the memory of a thing is the song that it sings. They liken this to the way we can hear the sound of the ocean in many shells. They tell us it is the memory of the ocean held within that shell that we hear when that happens. That is also how they hear us. They can “hear” us because they can hear the memory that we are singing. They say it is often a song that even we cannot hear, but they can hear it. I put “hear” in quotes because we must...

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#Nasty Women Writers—Zora Neale Hurston: The Real Deal, by Maria Dintino

#Nasty Women Writers—Zora Neale Hurston: The Real Deal 1891-1960 by Maria Dintino On learning that Zora Neale Hurston died in a county home alone and broke, I felt angry and sad. But after reading Alice Walker’s article In Search of Zora Neale Hurston that appeared in Ms magazine in 1975, I agree with Alice. Zora left no room in her life for pity and “was not a teary sort herself.” Zora was a force and through her writing, we get that. Learn more about the #NastyWomenWriters project here When I moved to St Augustine, Florida, I noticed a historical marker in front of a house indicating Zora...

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Meeting the Goddess Lilith

Many years ago I had an encounter with an owl that led me to the Goddess Lilith, catapulting me on the journey that has been my life these past 25 years. In that time, Lilith has been one of my main guides and allies. Can I tell you in one sentence what that means? No. It is too complex and revealing and anyway, the power would be lost in the telling. But I can tell you some things. And in that telling I can understand it better myself. Because that is the way story always works. And that is why we tell stories. Recently I began a class with a group of women around regaining our pure female...

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