Including a wonderful woman named Mary Faktor…and Mary Faktor among many achievements produced THE SIX AGES OF WOMAN. When “Ageless Women of Wisdom” manifested itself in the Fall of 2018, I called my friend Mary Faktor, and the end result many months later is that THE SIX AGES OF WOMAN is an important part of the upcoming launch of “Ageless Women of Wisdom” on October 16th of this year.
Just like the book “CITY OF GIRLS” by Elizabeth Gilbert that I shared in a blog earlier this week, the Universe has delivered so many gifts as “Ageless Women of Wisdom” has developed. This is something that is needed: SHARING of Wisdom between all generations of women. So I created this program which will present day long retreats in areas of nature for 10 months in 2020 and, then in 2021, there will be overnight retreats. These are personal retreats for women of all ages with the topics for the retreats being developed as I write by the women who have participated in “Ageless Women Emerging”. It is phenomenal how this concept has developed. It is an exciting concept. Women of all ages have wisdom to share, wisdom which will benefit others as well as themselves. Stay tuned, because this is “Ageless”, as ageless as every woman everywhere.
This weekend was a battle of wills between me and a book! Seriously, the book was overdue and I just could not get into it…I think I made it to page 8. The serious thought was to return it to the Oberlin Library, but there was a compulsion, almostan obsession to not return it. For some reason, I was receiving the message from my inner Source that I had to read this book. So, Sundays are personal days for journaling and pulling together my head for the coming week. I also watch Joel Osteen, Sunday Morning, Meet the Press, and more sometimes. But the day is mine to replenish from the previous week.
It took me the whole day into the evening late but the almost 500 pages were read and cried through in the pastchapters. Sleep came easy as usual, meditation occurred around 4 a.m. and then I realized, meditation does that to me–gives me answers to questions I may have not even asked, why I had to read CITY OF GIRLS by Elizabeth Gilbert.
The book is the story of New York City and a cast of characters, mainly female–girls–of all ages through all stages of their adult lives and their personalities and relationships and the wisdom they do and they do not share with each other. They truly learn from each other no matter their age. The main character, a recent dropout from Vassar, remains with us until in her 90’s as she shares throughout the book her life story with a much younger woman who remains a mystery to the last chapters of the book. The names are not important to my sharing in this blog. The reason I had to read it was because it is the theory behind AGELESS WOMEN OF WISDOM.
And that theory is that women of all ages in conversations share what they need to share to help women of allages. When the wisdom is shared, many learn what might have helped them at some time in their life and what might help others as they continually age. Women share to help other women as they help themselves resolve issues in their own lives. Lifelong issues find solutions by all of thecharacters over time as the friendships develop and dissolve in some cases. And death also plays a part as it does in life. It took almost 500 pages for CITY OF GIRLS to have all of the necessary conversations. It is now my hope that AGELESS WOMEN OF WISDOM as it grows will provide the scenarios for women of all ages to find their answers from other women through conversations they help create…
Love is getting a lot of public exposure recently with the appearance and new popularity of Democratic Presidential candidate Marianne Williamson. The debates have not been a popular way to be entertained for me since 2016, but my allegiance to Marianne Williamson led me back to this year’s political circus. In reality, this graphic today hit me as a representation for me of the recent debates: I am letting the candidates monitor all the disaster and bad news in the world. I am satisfied to feel what I feel and then to move on letting the candidates stress while Marianne reminds me that love is where I live.
I invite you to pick a candidate if that so moves you and then to find where you live. It can be love or it can be another feeling.
Beginning August 1st, my newest company AGELESS WOMEN OF WISDOM “AWW” moved into the next phases from AGELESS WOMEN EMERGING “AWE” and the invitation to the launch event was successfully completed in my first Eventbrite project and successfully connected to Constant Contact. At 4:10 pm that day, I was sharing wine at Delmonico’s in Cleveland with a kindred soul who is launching a “really big” project. That was when the invite went out to several hundred contacts. The event is October 16th and entitled ‘THE SIX AGES OF WOMAN with Mary Factor“. It is a fun comedy and will kick off everything “AWW” is meant to be. More about that in the coming days.
Subconsciously, I chose August 1st because it is a month when much in my birth family is celebrated. I knew I had to get “AWW” going so that I could move back into some type of balance since becoming the sole owner of “AWW” on May 31st. There is no doubt that my father, who passed away almost four decades ago, would be quite disgruntled in the workaholic I have become. Today is his birthday, and I am working my way back into balance… I am actually reading a book this evening in his honor. CITY OF GIRLS, Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest, is my choice because it is about a generation that my father referred back to often. I am finding my way with success, with having grandsons, and with my way forward. A sense of contentment descended upon me within the last month or so, and I am happy in Oberlin. My father probably had the greatest influence on me, both positive and negative. The positive was the greatest gift, his love of books and libraries. I remember our first trips to a really old library in Cleveland, the one he lived near growing up, and we would go together to discover our latest treasures. Libraries are a favorite place of mine still. The negative needs to be shared to be fair. He tried to teach me to “keep quiet” to avoid conflict. I never did learn that lesson, and today I am one of the most direct people I know. And it does cause conflict, but it saves my soul! I am better at it, feeling the conflict, seeing the conflict, but now more than ever I know where I live: Love is where I live.