Who Am I

November 1st, 2015 | Posted by Velda in POETRY FOR WOMEN | RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

Who Am I

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I am a woman that is black and beautiful inside and out, filled with joy and pride.

I am a woman as graceful as a butterfly; a woman that can be seen and  heard.

I am a woman that is cunning, a woman of skill and knowledge.

Who Am I

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I am a woman with strength, to knock down any boundaries keeping me from my journeys of life.

I am a woman that dreams to have a life of an angel with never ending love and happiness.

I am a woman that’s your lover and friend, and keeps you feeling loved and secure.

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I am a woman of respect and admiration; respecting and admiring mind, body and soul.

I am a woman with a passionate kiss and lips as soft as fresh rose petals.

I am a woman, leaving  you wanting and wishing for more.

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I am a woman with a charm that’s as radiant as the sunshine.

I am a woman full of laughter, giggles and grins, which is the medicine of the soul.

I am a woman with my own identity, look into my eyes and you’ll see who I am.

~Created from Shayla Parks’ Poem


Taking A Pilgrimage

October 1st, 2015 | Posted by Velda in RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

Taking A Pilgrimage

Taking A Pilgrimage

I believe for many we can find our healing PILGRIMAGES through our dreaming, meditation, being with nature, writing, reading, visiting museums, libraries, or film.  Also other PILGRIMAGES are journeys seeking spiritual knowledge, a quest undertaken to pay homage, or an adventurous expedition.   What PILGRIMAGE would you love to take next?

Taking A Pilgrimage

“As I make my slow pilgrimage through the world,

a certain sense of beautiful mystery seems to gather and grow.”

~A. C. Benson

Talking A pilgrimage

“This is the most joyful day

that ever I saw

in my PILGRIMAGE on earth.”

~Donald Cargill

Until I return, please enjoy ’TAKING A PILGRIMAGE’ through bwb’s past posts.  



Wise Woman Poem

September 1st, 2015 | Posted by Velda in POETRY FOR WOMEN | RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

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The Laughter Of Women

The laughter of women sets fire
to the Halls of Injustice
and the false evidence burns
to a beautiful white lightness

It rattles the Chambers of Congress
and forces the windows wide open
so the fatuous speeches can fly out

The Laughter of Women

The laughter of women wipes the mist
from the spectacles of the old;
it infects them with a happy flu
and they laugh as if they were young again

Prisoners held in underground cells
imagine that they see daylight
when they remember the laughter of women

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It runs across water that divides,
and reconciles two unfriendly shores
like flares that signal the news to each other

What a language it is, the laughter of women,
high-flying and subversive.
Long before law and scripture
we heard the laughter, we understood freedom.

 ~ Lisel Mueller

The Laughter of Women

Following Women Represents Courage & Strength of All Women. 

Diane Mariechild, Author of Mother Wit & Inner Dance

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May Angelou beloved  American Author, Dancer, Actress, Singer, Civil Rights Activist

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  Co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations

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 Susan B. Anthony, American Social Reformer- Pivotal in Women’s Suffrage Movement

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Katherine Dunham, American Dancer, Choreographer, Author, Educator, Social Activist

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 Elizabeth Cady Stanton, One of our Pioneer Leaders of Woman’s Rights

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Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady from 1933-1945

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 Take a moment to appreciate your own strength and courage!








Advice From A Tree

April 1st, 2015 | Posted by Velda in RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

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Nature is healing.  Have you listened to, danced with, or hugged a tree today?

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Poem: The Strength of a Woman

Strength of A WomanThe strength of a woman is carrying the burden of family without
expectation that someone will feel her pain or cry her tears.

The strength of a woman is the first one to wake up and
the last to go to bed.

The strength of a woman is to pretty and doll up all the masks
she has to wear in order to survive.

The strength of a woman is crying herself to sleep at night then
embracing you in the morning with a hug and a smile.

The strength of a woman is my mother,
a woman who says she’s okay when you can tell she’s in pain,
a woman who smiles when the going gets tough and
a woman who finds laughter after crying.

The strength of a woman is to raise a child she does not know.
The strength of a woman hears a child’s cry and
knows exactly what they want.

The strength of a woman is courage and independence.
The strength of a woman is doing whatever it takes to survive.
The strength of a woman is the backbone that holds everyone together
. . . behind every strong man there is a strong woman.

The strength of a woman is her abilityThe Strength of A Woman
to hold her tongue when her significant other is wrong
to stop her children from misbehaving with a look in her eye
to pick herself up and dust herself off
to make her family smile in the midst of a storm
to multi-task and adapt to different situations
to swallow her pride.

The strength of a woman is her unconditional love
for her children and others.
The strength of a woman is to be a peacemaker.
The strength of a woman is to be able to feel things no one else can.
The strength of a woman is to be able.

Helping others when they are in need,
always there to take the lead.
Suffering hard times not for long,
because her will is very strong.
Makes you happy with lots of jokes,
most importantly they are jokes of hope.
Her colors are beautiful—scarlet red—
lots of blessings upon her head.
The strength of a woman we’ll always know,
because her strength will always show.

 ~ By New Foundations Writers, May 7, 2010

Founded in 1994, New Foundations is a non-profit organization located on St. Paul’s East Side that provides permanent, supportive, affordable housing and comprehensive on-site services for homeless dually-diagnosed chemically dependent and mentally ill adults in recovery and their families.

2015 Celebrate Woman's Strength & Worth

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A woman’s beauty is not only
In the glow of her skin
But the depth of her eyes
And the warmth of her heart
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A woman’s strength is not only
In the bow of her back
But the magnitude of her tears
And the softness of her words
celebrate you
A woman’s wisdom is not only
In the value of her words
But the knowledge of when to hold them
And the journey she takes to learn them
celebrate you
A woman’s courage is not only
In her determination to fight
But her willingness to walk away
And confidence to say no
celebrate you
A woman’s grace is not only
In the way she dances through her day
But in the love notes she leaves
And the wonderful meals she prepares
celebrate you
A woman’s love is not only
In the kisses she gives
But in the sacrifices she makes
And the moments given to you alone
celebrate you
A woman’s worth is not only
In the things she does
But who she truly is
And who she helps you become
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Celebrate Women

 ”A strong woman knows she has strength for the journey,

but a woman of strength

knows it is in the journey where she will become strong.”

2015 Celebrate Your Strength


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The Caring Tree

December 1st, 2014 | Posted by Velda in POETRY FOR WOMEN | RETIRED FEATURE POSTS



I am The Caring Tree,

and I have survived the day.

If you climb my branches,

I am afraid I cannot stay.

If you touch me carefully,

you can feel my strength.

If you stand close to me,

you can sense my peace.

You see my body is fragile, 

tender, and very worn.

Each time you stand upon me,

a part of me is torn.

Come close my friend,

feel my strength and peace.

It is a gift I give you,

and it is what I hope to teach.

But please do not climb my branches,

as I wish to stay.

 I would like to remain here,

 for yet another day.



November be Thankful for…

November 1st, 2014 | Posted by Velda in RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

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Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.

If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something,

for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

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Be thankful for the difficult times.

During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations,

because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,

because it will build your strength and character.

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Be thankful for your mistakes.

They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,

because it means you’ve made a difference.

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It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.

A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,

 and they can become your blessings.

~Author Unknown

This Month Be Thankful For...

What are you thankful for? 

November Be Thankful For...

Join me in celebrating each day of November with a Be Thankful For… Day.