Just another way that the universe sends me reminders that there can be a little pain in everything that brings us joy. Lately, after discovering that my Mami’s cancer has returned, I’ve been even more inspired to start the little Bojo Healing and Therapy Garden in the yard. She lives in the cottage back there and I am creating it where she can look out of her window and see it and also see the birds and squirrels that come to visit it. I’ve been working on it for about 2 weeks now, and this morning I realized that I have many small abrasions and rips in my skin. They are mostly on my hands. Small, like paper cuts, but I can feel them. There are many minor irritations and I feel little stabbing stings all over my hands. They are small reminders that most things that bring us joy or give joy to the ones we love also leave small bruises and pains. We can’t stop doing the things that bring us joy because there is some semblance of pain that comes along with the work involved in what brings us what we ultimately want, need and deserve, joy. Joy often comes accompanied by pain and both work together to build our resilience to survive and be well.
Counselor Xiomara A. Sosa
#DidYouKnow Susie Marshall Sharp was the first female judge in North Carolina and the first female chief justice of a state supreme court in the United States. Born in 1907, Sharp was the only woman in her law class at the University of North Carolina. She graduated with honors in 1929, passed the bar, and started practicing law in that same year. Ten years later she was appointed Reidsville, North Carolina’s town attorney. On June 21, 1949 Sharp became the first woman appointed judge in North Carolina’s history. She served for the next 30 years. On January 2, 1975 Sharp assumed the position of Chief Justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court. (Photo Credit: University of North Carolina Law School) #womenshistory
A Slavic workshop of stylists and photographers called Treti Pivni (translates as Third Rooster) have decided to bring back one of the more amazing Ukranian traditions by giving it a new meaning. They’ve produced a portrait series of modern Ukranian women dressed in traditional Ukranian floral headdresses.
Please enjoy the beautiful work of Linda Nieves-Powell whose photography portrays the trailblazing Latina icons of Rita Moreno, Selena, Frida Kahlo, Maria Montes, Iris Chacon and Carmen Miranda.
“It’s important to honor innovators, it’s our history and we need to look at them as examples of women who were able to do things that seemed impossible and implausible at a time when roles for them were non-existent,” said writer, director, and photographer Nieves-Powell. “They were able to crush obstacles and we can find strength from that.”
“Each of these women was epic and powerful in her own right and channeling each of them was healing and empowering,” said Rebecca Gitana Torres, whose stunning transformation into each of the beauties was beautifully captured on film.”
Hurricane Matthew has devastated Haiti, but women are at the forefront of the recovery.
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The devastation in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew is extreme. According to recent estimates, the hurricane left more than 900 people dead and 2.1 million affected. Ninety percent of some areas of southern Haiti are reportedly destroyed, and the lack of clean drinking water carries threats of a cholera crisis.
Although international media has largely shifted its focus, local, grassroots, women-led groups are actively surveying the situation, working quickly to address the immediate needs of women and children, and standing ready to lead recovery and relief.
“There is so much damage and destruction—houses, plantations, livestock. Everything has disappeared and many people died,” explain Mikelita Jean and Malia Jean, Coordinators of Global Fund for Women grantee partner Association des Femmes Haïtiennes Infectées et Affectées par le VIH (Association of Haitian Women Living With and Affected By HIV, or AFHIAVIH), which was founded in 2007 to empower and meet the unique needs of women and children affected by HIV in Haiti. “People are in the street because even the shelters have been destroyed. Women and girls are the most vulnerable.”