The “Sisterhood of the World” Blogger Award

I am touched and honored to have been nominated by Dr. Rex for this Award


In all honesty, this one made me cry, and I am so proud to be part of the international sisterhood of bloggers!  To coin a phrase, We Go, Girls!


  1. Provide a link and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award.
  2. Answer ten questions.
  3. Nominated 10-12 (I have chosen 15) blogs that you find a joy to read.
  4. Provide links to these nominated blogs and kindly let the recipients know they have been nominated.
  5. Include the award logo within your blog post.

~~Ten questions to be answered~~

  1. Your favorite color …. red
  2. Your favorite animal … panda bears
  3. Your favorite non-alcoholic drink …. Diet Coke
  4. Facebook or Twitter ….. Facebook
  5. Your favorite pattern ….. paisley
  6. Do you prefer getting or giving presents? giving
  7. Your favorite number … 7
  8. Your favorite day of the week … Friday
  9. Your favorite flower …. Iris
  10. What is your passion? ….. really?  Just ONE?  Equality for Women and Safety from Abuse for All and No One Going Hungry


My 10 wonderful nominees:

  1. HeartAFire
  2. MichelleMarie Antell
  3. Soulof a Gypsy
  4. SonofMountMalang
  5. marina kanavaki
  6. Crowing Crone Joss
  7. quiall
  8. gatorwoman
  9. petchary
  10. Barefoot baroness
  11. RoSy
  12. writeshianwrite
  13. wordifull melanie
  14. Valentine Logar
  15. tersiaburger
  16. petril41
  18. linne

The Need for equality

Every woman is equal to everyone else no matter what country she lives in.

Every woman is equal to everyone else no matter what country she lives in.


Love is not Concerned

love is not concerned
with whom you pray
or where you slept
the night you ran away from home
love is concerned that the beating of your heart
should kill no one.” —-Alice Walker, novelist, poet and feminist

Women survive so much in life. There are so many sources for what damages women. Child abuse, hunger as a child, looking different, rape, domestic violence, child birth, child loss. Illness, toxic work environments, sexual harassment, being left for a younger woman, parents to take care of, knowing you can’t make as much as a man does. verbal abuse and emotional abuse. I will stop with keeping thin, showing no gray in your hair, being enthusiastic all the time and support. There has never been a generation of women that weren’t damaged and continued to function to the best of their abilities. For every feminist man out there in the world who has helped a woman, been kind when she really needed it, or who loved her despite her imperfections, you stand out in this world. Be you American or French, or Chinese or Brazilian; on behalf of all women, I say thank you. You are very special.

“Too many things are occurring for even a big heart to hold.”
—-From an essay by W. B. Yeats

The Big Heart

Big heart,
wide as a watermelon,
but wise as birth,
there is so much abundance in the people I have
Max, Lois, Joe, Louise,
Joan, Marie, Dawn,
Arlene, Father Dunne, and all in their short lives
give to me repeatedly, in the way the sea
places its many fingers on the shore,
again and again
and they know me,
they help me unravel,
they listen with ears made of conch shells,
they speak back with the wine of the best region.
They are my staff
They comfort me.

They hear how
the artery of my soul has been severed
and soul is spurting out upon them,
bleeding on them,
messing up their clothes,
dirtying their shoes
And God is filling me,
though there are times of doubt
as hollow as the Grand Canyon,
still God is filling me.
He is giving me the thoughts of dogs, the spider in its intricate web,
the sun
in all its amazement,
and a slain ram
that is the glory,
the mystery of great cost,
and my heart,
which is very big,
I promise it is very large,
a monster of sorts,
takes it all in——
all in comes the fury of love.” ——-Anne Sexton, poet and feminist

Young women marching to :take back the night:

Young women marching to :take back the night:

Feminist and First Lady of The United States of America

Feminist and First Lady of The United States of America

Quote by poetess Maya Angeloe

Quote by poetess Maya Angeloe

Feminist and author The reason I became a feminist.

Feminist and author
Of the book The Feminine Mystique



The BrownWatch: News for People of Color. – BrownWatch News – Judge Won’t Release Video of White Charlotte Cop Killing Black Man: Shot 10 Times while Seeking Help

This is sad. My heart hurts for his family.

Innerstanding Isness


Judge Won’t Release Video of White Charlotte Cop Killing Black Man: Shot 10 Times while Seeking Help


From [HERE] After the shooting death of a former college football star who was killed by a Charlotte-Mecklengburg, North Carolina police officer in September, Civil rights activists are calling for the dashcam video to be released.

Jonathan Ferrell, a 24-year-old Black man, was seeking assistance after what was described as a “serious” car wreck. He knocked on a nearby resident’s door, who then promptly slammed it shut. The homeowner called the police, and when they arrived on the scene, one officer saw Ferrell running toward them, so he shot him ten times with his firearm.

“The shooting of Mr. Ferrell was excessive,” the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said in a statement. “Our investigation has shown that Officer Kerrick did not have a lawful right to…

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Relaxed Poses for Sue’s Challenge.

These are excellent.

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This week, Sue’s Word a Week Challenge is Pose, and she’s posted some wonderful pics from her trip to Africa.

Here are a few favourite subjects that have unwittingly posed for my camera.

The Lion with its huge mane and majestic appearance, has to be the indisputable King of Beasts.


The gorgeous Cheetah can run faster than any other land animal, and has the ability to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just three seconds. This one was just relaxing at the side of the road as we stopped to admire her.


The exotic Toucan is famous for its brightly coloured bill. It always makes me smile to see nature’s proudest and most impressive schnoz which is about 30- 40% of its total body area. Aren’t you glad that your nose isn’t that huge? 🙂


This beautiful Eagle Owl was a most inscrutable poser ever. Couldn’t get him to smile for…

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Black SF Cop Claims Racial Discrimination After Traffic Stop | NBC Bay Area

The story is troubling. He must have told them he was an officer and they still arrested him. Revenge? Vengeance? There is a lot we don’t know

Innerstanding Isness

SF Cop Claims Racial Discrimination After Traffic StopSAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A San Francisco police officer has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city, saying he was racially profiled and wrongly arrested by several colleagues who didn’t recognize him.

Lorenzo Adamson, a 15-year police veteran, says he was stopped in his car on May 30 for not having a license plate.

Officer Brian Stansbury immediately asked Adamson if he was on probation or parole, a question that made Adamson believe he was being racially profiled, according to the suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Oakland.

Adamson is African American and Stansbury is white.

The suit alleges that officers inexplicably jumped onto Adamson’s back and tried to choke him before tackling him to the ground. Adamson was charged with resisting arrest and vehicle code violations. The charges were dropped.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Adamson was on disability leave for a back injury…

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The BrownWatch: News for People of Color. – BrownWatch News – Settlement reached in Supreme Court “fair housing” discrimination/Negro removal case 

Where is the fair and just resolution ? Hugs, Barbara

Innerstanding Isness

From [HERE] The US Supreme Court will not hear a case regarding racial discrimination in home sales and rentals after the matter was settled out of court on Wednesday. Originally scheduled for oral argument December 4, the case of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. presented the issue of whether disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act. The Fair Housing Act [text] makes it unlawful “[t]o refuse to sell or rent after the making of a bona fide offer … or otherwise make unavailable or deny, a dwelling to any person because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin.” Petitioners sought to redevelop a blighted housing development that was disproportionately occupied by low and moderate income non-white people. The redevelopment sought to replace the blighted housing with new market rate housing which was unaffordable to the current residents…

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Irish companies secure over €7million in new export sales to Sub-Saharan Africa

This appears to be very good news indeed. Hugs, Barbara

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Irish companies secure over €7million in new export sales to Sub-Saharan Africa


DUBLIN, Ireland, November 15, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ Minister Costello welcomes the success of Irish companies on Enterprise Ireland trade mission to South Africa and Nigeria


Irish companies participating in this week’s Enterprise Ireland trade mission to South Africa and Nigeria, led by Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D., have secured new contracts totalling over €7m and agreed significant business alliances across the financial services, telecommunications and education sectors. These announcements underline the growing opportunities for Irish companies in the developing sub-Saharan Africa region.


The five-day trade mission, which involved 37 Irish companies, was organised by Enterprise Ireland in close cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Embassies of Ireland in Pretoria and Abuja, and focused on Financial Services in Johannesburg, Telecommunications in Cape Town and Financial…

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