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Posts on Women’s Voice & Power:

About the quiet and silence.

About the quiet and silence.

  So often, I talk about a woman’s voice and courage and sovereignty. Yours. Mine. Ours. It matters. It is what I’m...

About the Ocean and Anguish

About the Ocean and Anguish

I’ve spent a lot of time at the beach lately. As soon as we arrive, my 9-year-old niece Grace, runs to the water, her...

About Bridgerton & Romance Novels

About Bridgerton & Romance Novels

A couple years back I devoured every novel in Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series within a matter of weeks — far before I...

About Being an Outlaw

About Being an Outlaw

Yes, about being an outlaw...but also archetypes and exhaustion and self-care and then some. The dictionary defines an...

Not practicing what I preach

Not practicing what I preach

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my desire. No. That’s not quite true. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my...

What Matters in a Broken World?

What Matters in a Broken World?

I’ve been sitting with a particular question lately that haunts me, in many ways: How are we to make sense of our...

1 quote and 3 (tiny) topics

1 quote and 3 (tiny) topics

The Quote: Re-vision–the act of looking back, of seeing with fresh eyes, of entering an old text from a new, critical...

About hearing voices…

About hearing voices…

Yes, let’s talk about hearing voices…And (just a bit) about RAISING our voices and being countercultural!  Over the...

5 Ways to Have the Life you Desire

5 Ways to Have the Life you Desire

Here’s the quick version of this post: Hold fast to what you most desire. Name what you want. Acknowledge what’s bound...

The Voices in Your Head

The Voices in Your Head

As women, there are times in which we are nearly overwhelmed by the voices in our head, the subtle and less-so...

Wisdom from Dr. Sharon

Wisdom from Dr. Sharon

I came across a Facebook post by Brene Brown a few weeks back. She was talking about her recent conversation with...

3 Ways to be Determined & Wise

3 Ways to be Determined & Wise

There’s an ancient, sacred story told of a woman who had the capacity to influence a man of power, who was adamant...

Why I Left My Corporate Job

Why I Left My Corporate Job

My thoughts on fear, courage, and being an entrepreneur. In January of 2018 I left my 10-year-old online business for...

See yourself as a miracle

See yourself as a miracle

When I was 8 or 9, my newborn sister went into the hospital. I don’t remember the details. I don’t remember ever...

How to Trust Your Inner Wisdom

How to Trust Your Inner Wisdom

I could offer you a whole bunch of reasons why you can and should trust your wisdom, why it’s reliable, why it’s...

4 Way to Hear Your Own Wisdom

4 Way to Hear Your Own Wisdom

It’s taken me years (and years and years) to acknowledge that I had wisdom that was uniquely, distinctly mine, let...

Remember Who You Are

Remember Who You Are

I talk about sovereignty all the time. It’s a program I offer. But more than all else, it’s a reality, a truth, that I...

The Power of Childhood Stories

The Power of Childhood Stories

We rarely give a second thought to the stories of our childhood. Fairytales, religious myths, favorite books, legend,...

Your Wild Voice Within

Your Wild Voice Within

...the shadow of Wild Woman still lurks behind us during our days and in our nights. No matter where we are, the...

No imagination required…

No imagination required…

There’s a story I love to tell of a mostly unknown woman named Jael. She singlehandedly won a huge battle for a whole...

The struggle that IS worthwhile

The struggle that IS worthwhile

I love Leo Tolstoy’s opening line in Anna Karenina: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in...

Wisdom does as Wisdom says

Wisdom does as Wisdom says

Women hold all the wisdom they could ever need, that the planet could ever need, that the world so desperately needs....

Hearing Voices

Hearing Voices

I am neck-deep in manuscript-writing these days. This book, my book, this thing I've been nurturing and holding and...

A late-night text

A late-night text

I’ve been thinking about the wisdom that has shaped much of my life. I’m grateful for some of it, to be sure. There’s...

The how-to’s of being “big”

The how-to’s of being “big”

In my last post I named the ways in which we have transmuted being small into our very DNA. This is not the kind of...

Go Deeper Still

Go Deeper Still

Go deeper still... You already know this: there is profound wisdom, strength, beauty, and grace that lies in wait –...

Remember who you are

Remember who you are

I was in a queer mood, thinking myself very old; but now I am a woman again – as I always am when I write. I love this...

She was a voice

She was a voice

I ordered and read The Book of Longings last week. Written by Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees and...

Militancy + Hope + Desire

Militancy + Hope + Desire

(A Sunday Sermon, of sorts - even though it's not a Sunday...) To refuse to participate in the shaping of our future...

Retrieving the Fragments

Retrieving the Fragments

Although women’s words have been censored or eliminated from much of [our] heritage, in the midst of the pain of...

The you you know best

The you you know best

Who would you be if you didn’t hold back? If all your power, compassion, love, and strength roared into any room, any...

Believing the Voice Within You

Believing the Voice Within You

A voice dwells within you that can be trusted, that longs to be listened to, that consistently speaks truth. I...

Stories that Still Speak

Stories that Still Speak

I’ve been awake for hours. Christmas tree lights on. Coffee made. Fire lit. Snuggled up on the couch. Laptop on. I’ve...

You’re Allowed to Run

You’re Allowed to Run

It is excruciating to be the victim of someone’s scorn, passive-aggressive behavior, or blatant harm. All of us have...

3 Verses and a Refrain

3 Verses and a Refrain

Verse #1: There is good news. Nothing about you is broken. Nothing about you is wrong. Nothing about you needs fixing...

4 Takeaways that Matter

4 Takeaways that Matter

I spend countless hours in the midst of the ancient, sacred stories of women - wanting and wondering how to tell them,...

I’m right about this…

I’m right about this…

Chances are pretty high that if your desire is strong enough, acute enough, and impossible to dissuade, others will...

When Things Don’t Go as Planned

When Things Don’t Go as Planned

I’ve been thinking a lot, even more than I normally do, about my daughters. About the trials and tribulations that, by...

As 2018 begins…

As 2018 begins…

Rebecca Solnit has written a book called, The Mother of All Questions: Further Reports from the Feminist Revolutions –...

These Stories Still Speak

These Stories Still Speak

I’ve been awake since 4:30 this morning. Uncharacteristically, instead of lying in bed and trying to tame my...

12 Years of Blogging

12 Years of Blogging

I find it almost impossible to believe that 12 years have passed since I meekly created a WordPress site and began...

Women Joining & Healing

Women Joining & Healing

I feel like I am drowning in a sea of opinions, disasters, tragedies, trauma, harm, violence, and misunderstanding –...

My Inner Critic = The Patriarchy

My Inner Critic = The Patriarchy

I was recently organizing files on my computer (something I do when I intend to write, but instead find busy work…)...

Charlottesville

Charlottesville

I feel a heavy, collective shame. I feel stuck, trapped even, between not knowing what to say or what to do and...

Why do you write?

Why do you write?

"Why do you write?" was a question recently asked of me.  Here’s my answer: I write because it is the space in which I...

My Left-Hand Side

My Left-Hand Side

I did a quick mapping of my body the other day. Here’s what I discovered – from top tobottom: Many mornings, I wake up...

Somewhere between Kali and Jesus

Somewhere between Kali and Jesus

I am Kali Ma.I stick my tongue out of my once silent lips.These eyes, no longer mild,Are furious daggers of fire.~ a...

Nevertheless, we persist!

Nevertheless, we persist!

On Tuesday, February 7, 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren began to read a letter Coretta Scott King wrote in 1986 that...

For now. Not forever.

For now. Not forever.

I have felt more like a passive observer, than riled-up revolutionary since Donald Trump became president. Yes, I...

Goodbye, Twitter

Goodbye, Twitter

I cancelled and closed my Twitter account last week.  I’m almost hesitant to mention it; it was so undramatic But...

Yes, yesterday. Now what?

Yes, yesterday. Now what?

Yesterday, November 9, 2016, I did all the things I always do: I made coffee. I journaled. I gave my daughter a hug...

In line at Starbucks…

In line at Starbucks…

Although women’s words have been censored or eliminated from much of our heritage, in the midst of the pain of...

So, I’ve written a book…

So, I’ve written a book…

The subtitle is “A Braided Essay on Women and Silence and Shame.” And it’s published, printed, physical, able to be...

My Three-Graces Season

My Three-Graces Season

I went in search of Renaissance art today, remembering that there was a particular period in which women’s bodies were...

Bloodline

Bloodline

What if you claimed your legacy, your inheritance, your very bloodline? As a daughter of Eve – the best Eve, the...

Handless Maidens and then some…

Handless Maidens and then some…

Two weeks ago I spent 6 days in the coveted presence of Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes. There were probably about 100 of...

Where the Women Gather (and why)

Where the Women Gather (and why)

How might your life have been different if there had been a place for you? A place for you to go ... a place of women,...

It’s all going to end badly

It’s all going to end badly

A few weeks ago, while talking to my therapist, I mentioned my ongoing and haunting hunch that the archetype of the...

The New Colossus

The New Colossus

By Tanya Geisler   For the last two years, I’ve been writing with a group of amazing women writers. Each week we...

Orlando: 2 words that matter

Orlando: 2 words that matter

Yesterday morning my daughter told me about the mass-shooting in Orlando. I had no words other than “I’m so sorry” and...

A Woman’s Story

A Woman’s Story

There is an ancient, sacred story told of a woman who was prophetess and judge. No other story like hers exists in all...

Why didn’t you just say so?

Why didn’t you just say so?

I’ve been binge-watching The Newsroom for the past week. This morning I woke up far too early for a weekend-day....

Desire for Desire’s Sake

Desire for Desire’s Sake

Desire is a tricky thing. To desire feels dangerous because we might not get what we want (and disappointment seems...

The Scent of a Woman

The Scent of a Woman

I’m not sure how he knew to gift me with perfume, this particular perfume – this man I’d been dating only 6 months. I...

What if you didn’t hold back?

What if you didn’t hold back?

Who would you be if you didn’t hold back? If all your power, compassion, love, and strength roared into any room, any...

Boom-Boom, Boom-Boom

Boom-Boom, Boom-Boom

I often listen to podcasts in the morning. Out of the shower, getting ready for my day. Today’s didn’t really offer...

Tidings of Great Joy

Tidings of Great Joy

It’s an early evening in December, 1966. I am six years old, standing on a stage, proudly fulfilling the prestigious...

A Woman’s Fight

A Woman’s Fight

There’s an old, old story told of the patriarch, Jacob, who wrestled through the night with an angel-man, the Divine,...

What a Healed Woman Sounds Like

What a Healed Woman Sounds Like

Once upon a time there was a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. She had been treated by...

Using a Pseudonym

Using a Pseudonym

I’ve been wondering lately what I would write if I had a pseudonym, if I wrote with some super-secret name. Countless...

Make your mark!

Make your mark!

Stop listening to the insipid internal and external voices that tell you you’re inconsequential, that you don’t really...

Letting Go is NOT Falling Apart

Letting Go is NOT Falling Apart

A wise woman tells me she gets this strong sense that I am unable to really let go; like I’m afraid of letting my hair...

The Wild Voice Within

The Wild Voice Within

There is a voice within that says more and edits less. It digs deep and dives down. It is impossible to embarrass and...

Channeling Etta James

Channeling Etta James

It’s just before 7:00 on Friday night. I sit in the high school auditorium, about the fifth row from the front, and...

Telling Myself (no more) Lies

Telling Myself (no more) Lies

I have recently uncovered an interesting belief I hold within. It’s not pleasant. And frankly, I’m not all that crazy...

The Day I Spoke Up in Class

The Day I Spoke Up in Class

For most of my life I’ve been a rule-follower. I am really good at figuring out what’s expected and then never...

Living in the in-between

Living in the in-between

Once upon a time, long before women had volition or will as to who they married, a search commenced for the perfect...

I am not shocked by you.

I am not shocked by you.

There’s a story I love to tell of a mostly unknown woman who singlehandedly won a huge battle for a whole tribe of...

The Stunning Story that is Yours

The Stunning Story that is Yours

I see the tears behind your eyes. I know about the lump in your throat. I hear the thoughts that swirl in your mind....

Chances are…

Chances are…

Chances are pretty high that if your desire is strong enough, acute enough, and impossible to dissuade, others will...

The other woman

The other woman

Every once in a while, out of the corner of my eye, I glimpse the other woman. She looks so much like me, but wilder...

Holding my Breath.

Holding my Breath.

I’ve been holding my breath lately. It’s a trying season as a mom. I feel heartache over a relationship’s end. And,...

I Am A Medial Woman

I Am A Medial Woman

The Medial Woman...is a representation of the strong-sighted and deep-hearted self who lives simultaneously in the...

Go Into the Darkness.

Go Into the Darkness.

Gazing into the mirror, I saw myself as I was – a black silhouette in the room, a woman whose darkness had completely...

A letter to myself

A letter to myself

Dear Me: Exhaustion. I see it. It’s down deep, far beneath the surface. A weariness that comes from holding on to your...

Letting Silence Speak

Letting Silence Speak

I can feel the silence within me. It is deep, strong, dark, passionate, swirling, boiling, pulsing. A witch’s caldron....

For such a time as this.

For such a time as this.

Sometimes if not oftentimes, the circumstances in which you find yourself are the last ones you want. You look around...

The 3 Secrets of the Gifted Soul

The 3 Secrets of the Gifted Soul

“Since you were born gifted, you will never lead an ordinary life.” “Eccentricity is the first sign of giftedness. You...

Transforming Your Story (Part 3)

Transforming Your Story (Part 3)

Transforming Your Story – The “How” Part 3 of a series. 12 posts scattered throughout 2014 on Transforming Your Story....

Speak the language women speak.

Speak the language women speak.

“We must learn to speak the language women speak when there is no one there to correct us.” ~ Helene Cixous You know...

Because I Am Older

Because I Am Older

I could talk about what I have learned these past 53 years, about how my body doesn’t move or respond quite the way it...

Transforming Your Story (Part 2)

Transforming Your Story (Part 2)

Did you miss Part 1? Click here. Today, Part 2: Why would you want to Transform Your Story? When I say “Transform Your...

You are NOT the Invisible Woman!

You are NOT the Invisible Woman!

Do you ever feel as though you are unseen, unheard, invisible? As though your story doesn’t have all that much...

Sophia and Quantum Physics

Sophia and Quantum Physics

I had to figure out how to find Sophia. Or make the space for her to find me. One day I came to realize that she’s...

Don’t Look Back

Don’t Look Back

Danielle LaPorte recently said, "Do not give your past the power to define your future." Nowhere is this seen more...

TRUTH is a warrior

TRUTH is a warrior

I’ve spent the last few days at a beautiful, private, and extremely quiet place. I’ve spent a lot of time looking out...

Happy 47th Birthday to Me!

Happy 47th Birthday to Me!

After writing posts for both of my daughters on their birthdays, I thought it only fitting that I do the same for...

White-Knuckling Clarity

White-Knuckling Clarity

I got an email from a woman today. In an attempt to describe her life these days, she said, “I am white-knuckling...

I went to a Power Lunch today

I went to a Power Lunch today

I went to a Power Lunch today. I know what you’re thinking: “Really, Ronna?! Are you now going to buffet luncheons and...

A Daughter of Defiance

A Daughter of Defiance

I’m working on a slide show for my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary celebration. In the process, I came across this...

Tiptoeing

Tiptoeing

I can’t tell you how tired I am of tiptoeing; of having to navigate through so many potential landmines that I feel...

Power & Privilege (and me)

Power & Privilege (and me)

These words: power and privilege, have been part of numerous conversations lately. Some of those conversations have...

Will I tell you what I want?

Will I tell you what I want?

A friend loaned me a book last week that I can’t put down. It’s called Women and Desire: Beyond Wanting to beWanted by...

Prophet as Female

Prophet as Female

While I was still a student at The Seattle School, I remember hearing one of my professors lecture on the categories...

My Out Loud Voice

My Out Loud Voice

I was talking with a friend this morning about how common it is for women to lose their voices – not...