I’m a widow with four grown children, and 9 grandchildren. I’m retired. At my last job, I was a manager and make-up artist for Christian Dior, and a selling specialist for Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren and Jones of New York.
Before that I worked at a women’s reproductive clinic. Before that, I was a Donor Health Counselor, and a certified HIV Counselor, at the American Red Cross. I’ve also been a Rape Crisis counselor and a legal advocate for a battered women’s shelter, which I helped to start in the 70’s and where I sat on the board for many years.
I was a co-founder of the Women’s Roundtable, a local professional and businesswomen’s networking group, and sat on its board and membership committee until I moved from Pennsylvania to the Cleveland area in the early 90’s.
I’m a feminist, and I started marching and picketing for women’s rights two score years ago. I’ve been on the board of the local chapter of National Organization for Women. I believe in equality for all, and have worked most of my life to protect the rights and well-being of women and children.
I was in the Marquis’ Who’s Who of American Women in 1996-97, for which I was nominated in part for my work in the community and as a psych nurse, a position I held for many years.
When I retired, I began taking art classes, and now I paint as well as blogging and of course I read — A LOT!
My lifelong passion for photography is undiminished (you may have noticed), and many of my early paintings are from my own photos – although lately I‘m painting more from my imagination, inspired by my inner landscape.
I am a spiritual person; I’ve studied all the major religions of the worlds. I believe there is one God/Goddess/Diviine Energy that exists within us all, and in all of nature. I have studied mysticism for two decades.
Welcome to my blog — while it may sometimes be a place of controversy, or delve into topics which may be uncomfortable, the only ideology you will find here is Peace, Love, and Justice.
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Ok. Thanks for the heads up. I will work on it this weekend. Hugs, barbara
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Thank you to follow my blog and hope you enjoy my artworks 😃
I do. Keep up the good work. You rock. Hugs, Barbara
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Thank you dear man. I am touched and honored. I will get it up soon. Hugs, Barbara
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What a rich journey. Rape counselor. Oh my. Your amazing experiences converge on this blog.
Thank you. I must try to promote peace and help the world and my sisters and brothers who live with me on this planet. Hugs, Barbara
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Fantastic blog, looking forward to explore more. Thank you very much for visiting my page and for the follow! 🙂
Great introduction, Rebel. Pleased to meet you.
Thank you. I am pleased to meet you and looking forward to getting to know you better. Hugs, Barbara
Wow. Impressive. Nice to meet you. 🙂
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What an amazing life. Thank you for all your work in helping increase the awareness of DV. I look forward to following your blog. I have sunk into a deep depression now for over 5 weeks. The abuse has come back to haunt me.
There will always be events, innocent comments, or even people getting into your own physical space. Anything can be a trigger. It can sort of bring a flashback. I use mantras such as ‘I am strong, I am safe, I am loved’ to secure my mind into positive energy. It is alright for you to do whatever you need to space. I suffer from clinical depression and anxiety disorder. I found my late husband dead in our study. He was in the dark. He passed away in1995 and I can’t into a dark house. I have PTSD due to the evert. My mother was my abuser as a child. My depression levels flow like the tides. I have a black hole that I have fallen into twice. My main goal is to stay away from the hole. You will learn to go from victim to survivor.. You may always have some depression. You will hear his abusive word and name calling suddenly. Begin to replace his words and sentences will positive thoughts of your own. I have used and recommend Louise Hay. She has many books out about affirmations and the power of positive thinking. I want to share this with you… I never want you to think any of it was your fault. It wasn’t. He is an abuser and they all have certain personality types. It just wasn’t your fault. You are stronger than you think. Sleep well I am praying for you and see yourself surrounded in white light. You will be protected. Blessings and huge hugs, Barbara
Thank you Barbara, my mother was also my abuser. My attacker only stabbed me 21 times. My mother tortured me for 15 years. There are many posts of her on my blog. I haven’t seen the family ANY of them for 38 years. She lost custody of me in 1977 due to abuse.
Oh, my friend, this breaks my heart. You are one of the most courageous survivors it has been my honor to meet. You may want to read yesterday’s post. It is about leaving a violent relationship. I would be proud to have you call me friend. Hugs, Barbara
Thank you, I am a guest on several news shows coming up. I would like to run some ideas past you.i will check out your post.
You will do an amazing job. Hugs, Barbara
Oh man – where to begin. WordPress works in mysterious ways – you “follow” me, I jump to your “about” page and smile from ear to year as I scramble to reciprocate. Looking forward to exploring your remarkable life and perspectives.
I believe we shall become close friends. Hugs, Barbara
My head is spinning with topics I want to explore with you. Poured a glass of wine and settling in for a good look at your posts. Forgive me for being forward but would welcome your opinion on the post I wrote last night.
I am touched and honored. I will be happy to do that.
Thank you for dropping by my blog 🙂 I really appreciate it. I have to say that I am intrigued by your artwork, and also by your career. Helping women in crisis, standing up for women’s rights; It’s inspiring. Thank you for doing this!
Thank you for your kind words. I have to do everything I can to make this world a better place for all human beings.I hope to get to know you better and I hope you will be an important member of the WordPress family. Hugs, Barbara
As I delve deeper into your blog, I’m buoyed by your many posts mirroring my fundamental beliefs. Couldn’t be happier to have made another WordPress connection 🙂 I hope you don’t mind – I feel strongly about a video clip included in my post “Olympic Power”.A short post capsulizing a forgotten/little known moment in time – a clip that raises goose bumps and brings tears to my eyes every time I watch.
Well, tears flowed here and I reblogged the post to Idealisticrebel. Thank you my friend. Hugs, Barbara
What an amazing life you have authored. It is indeed an honor to be in your acquaintance.
Sindy, I am sure I would be honored to call you friend. My life has been dedicated to making the world a better safer place for women and children. Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words. Hugs, Barbara
It is my great pleasure Barbara. You are an inspiration.
Thank you so much for your kind words. Hugs, Barbara
What a full and passion-driven life! Thank you for connecting with me and I look forward to reading more from you. Have a great day.
It will be good to read you too my new friend. Many blessings to you, Barbara
Thanks so much, Barbara! Enjoy the rest of your week 🙂
A wonderful person, with a sensitive,caring, and genuine selfless spirit! Thanks Barbara for visiting me, your messages are always on point and so very meaningful. God bless you my dear sister. Have a beautiful day!
You too and thank you for your kind words. Hugs, Barbara
Thank you, Barbara, for visiting my blog and reblogging my little poem.
Your CV is impressive and your goals inspiring. May you keep in good health to continue the good fight to make this world a better place for women and children. Our world needs people like you.
Cheers 🙂 Irina
Thank you for stopping and leaving a comment. I have tried over the years to help women and children. We are now in a dark time for women and children in the world. I hope you will please continue to write poetry. I love to read it but not write it. We need poets like you. Hugs, Barbara
Hugs back. Have a great weekend! 🙂
Thanks for visiting my page. You are truly inspiring! 🙂
Thank you. You are also inspiring! I look forward to getting to know you better. Hugs, Barbara
So ditto! 🙂
Dear friend , may i thank you for re-blogging my post to your wider circle. you have an interesting profile of a person who has handled a variety of assignments in life . will stay in touch to exchange whatever little notes I have while concurrently garnering gems of your eclectic field…
I look forward to getting to know you better. Hugs, Barbara
Dior?… you must be a smart, refined and classy LADY… 🙂 my very best, good luck in all your endeavours and respectful regards! Cheers, Mélanie
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P.S. “On est impardonnable d’avoir fait ce qu’on n’aime pas, surtout si on réussit…” – ‘It’s unforgivable to have done what we’ve disliked, especially if we’ve been successful…'(Christian Dior)
Your resume is amazing. Thank you for stopping by our studio. Looking forward to viewing your work. Personally enjoy the spiritual aspect of your site.
Hello Barbara, you have an amazing blog! 🙂
You are kind. Thank you so much. Hugs, Barbara
You’re very welcome. Have a wonderful evening!
I nominate you for the Versatile Blogger Award!
Thank you so much. I am honored and will put it up this evening. Hugs, Barbara
I thank you for rocking with us. I also thank you for the re-blog.
Stay well and awesome.
You are such an inspiration i belive in one god too and all religions chare one thing love. Sending love and light!
Thank you so much. You are so thoughtful. Blessings and hugs to you, Barbara
I am new to WordPress and finding many blogs and people of interest. I will be following yours and look forward to be checking out more on your site.
Well, thank you so much. I will try not to disappoint. Welcome, hugs, Barbara
I’m Tokoni, A student and poet. Its nice to meet your I’d like to invite you to my blog, if you’re interested. Thanks!
I will be around to visit you. Have a good day! Thanks for coming to see me. Hugs, Barbara
Your life’s work has been outstanding! I also love that when you paint you are inspired by your inner landscape. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your blog. Thank you for finding me today – I think I needed you to swoop in and reblog my painting that received harsh criticism from another blogger who didn’t “get it”. 🙂
Well, that is their loss. Your work is good and I am blessed to see and share it. Hugs, Barbara
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Thank you for reblogging my photography blog posting. Your about page reveals a full life of successes and achievements and I will follow your journey.
Thank you for your kind comment. I only did what I had to do and continue to have to do. I have to try and help and to make the world a better place. Hugs, Barbara
Wonderful blog you have here! I look forward to catching up on your writing and photography!
Thank you and I look forward to getting to know you better. Hugs, Barbara
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Congratulations, dear Barbara!
I have nominated your blog for the Dedicated Blogger Award.
As you created this award, you deserve to get it back 🙂
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Hi there! I found your blog interesting and I’ve got something to ask you….
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Welcome aboard pensitivity101 Barbara, pleasure to meet you.
Hope you find some things of interest and feel free to pass comment, I love the interaction. 🙂
I’m happy to have found this place. I need as many positive places to go as I can get! 🙂
Thanks for signing up to follow my blog. I look forward to staying connected on the blogosphere 🙂
So do I . See you soon. Hugs, Barbara