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YourThoughts September 2017
Yard sign created by Margaret Tobin

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Deadline: September 10, 2017

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Deadline: October 10, 2017

Signs for these times
During the 2016 election season, I was moved to create a sign in support of the women's issues that were highlighted by this election. As I walked through my neighborhood, the support signs cropping up weren't voicing these issues. I consulted with a few women on the wording and then got signs made. I stuck one in a snow bank in front of my house and took them to two rallies - where at least two people at each rally complimented the sign and asked for one. Clients coming to my neighbor's house asked for them. Other requests were made.

I carried the sign at the Women's March in Washington, D.C., on January 21, as well as in other marches here in the Twin Cities. But most importantly, it is on permanent display in my yard, as we still have a long way to go to achieve the goals of respect and equality.
Margaret Tobin, Minneapolis

Local service
I didn't become an avid volunteer until after I retired as a newspaper reporter. For my entire career I stepped back, recorded what others did and said, and stayed as invisible as possible in my stories. But after becoming a freelance writer, I discovered that I have a voice, too. And opinions.

Now I don't simply write about what others do to help people in need; I joined the Lions Club and adopted their credo, "We serve." I also joined a history group, a commission devoted to heritage preservation, and a couple of women's organizations that focus on girls, arts and education. I continue to promote, educate and honor people in my writing. It's still rewarding and lots more fun.
Ruth Nerhaugen, Red Wing

Editor's note: Lions Club members anticipate the installation of Gudrun Yngvadottir from Iceland as the first woman international president in July 2018.

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A venerable call
I was called to travel to India for a personal spiritual journey. While there I stayed silent for 21 days, slept in a dorm with 20 women, and reached down into the core of my being. When I returned, I followed another inner calling to share a message of hope and transformation for women - bringing with me all I had learned.

Women are magical, powerful, loving and creative. It is time to claim our worth in order to usher in a Golden Age, which is happening right now on our earth. To be venerable means worthy of honor, love and respect, by virtue of wisdom and experience - and that is what each of us is.

Many of us have awakened to why we are here. Let's stand together, heart to heart, and fill our chalices with inspiration, support, community and kindness. What flows out from us bathes the world in love.
Dawn Morningstar, St. Paul

Feminine Divine inspiration
I was born an artist. From the cradle on, I've drawn, painted and sculpted at every opportunity. I couldn't help myself. My Self was oozing out through every pore, seeking expression and validation.

One day the spark of the Feminine Divine ignited in me, and my work was never the same again. Suddenly my inspirations took on an amazing higher purpose and direction: the deep, broad, rich, symbiotic alchemy of being Artist and the Goddess' mouthpiece, elevating the lives of womyn, children and all living creatures through both channels. I became wholly integrated; my work is my life and my life is my work.
Felicitas Sokec, Tucson, Ariz.

Artistic crone
With the passing of my mother at age 90, I had begun to review some of the life choices I've made over my 60 years on the planet, and the revelation was that being an artist was never a choice. I asked my women friends for their perspective on the theme of "calling" and found that the majority mirrored my revelation that there was no conscious decision made about becoming an artist - they were born artists.

For me, my calling is something innately part of who I am - like breathing, a necessity.
Rmay Rivard, Minneapolis

Editor's note: Rivard and Sokec are two of six women participating in Crone Culture, a September exhibit. See GoSeeDo section for details.

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