Sunday, June 08, 2008
After a moderately cool early spring, we have entered into a heat wave for the latter part of spring-100+ degrees for a few days, and the Summer Solstice is still about 12 days away! Last week I went to the River City Roller Girls bout, Go Tiger Beat Downs! Yay Maya, er, Brawling Barista! You rock! the bout was exciting and action-packed. Then this week, I attended a very interesting seminar at UR called Women in the Know, sponsored by Westhampton College. After an engaging opening talk by Presiden Ed Ayers, we broke out into groups to attend two of three mini courses: Women and War; Fire in these Ashes: Understanding Women's Spirituality; and Can We Talk: Intergenerational Dynamics and Relationships. I went to the War and Spirituality ones -- both were excellent, stimulating and led by dynamic women. The first was about women's roles in war times (think of Rosie the Riveter in WWII for example), with much focus on the Comfort Women in Japan. A truly nauseating story. The second course got me thinking about the spiritual journey, and where I fall outside the mainstream, embracing the earth and its cycles, buddhism, agnosticism, Unitarian Universalism. Where are YOU?