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August 27, 2009

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Firstly, Chrysula's voice is as a voice crying in the wilderness - it brings peace, direction, light and truth. Thank goodness it's now out there in the public.

Secondly, your idea that in conversing with one's children a woman's voice is developed, heard, and acknowledged. What a revelation. I've always been concerned that having my own children is a fast track to silence, submission and loss. I see now that it's the opposite. Ironically, it's bizarre to me that I haven't figured that out as my work with students every day brings me more "unto myself" than any other activity in my life. My students show me daily who I am every.

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Chrysula should converse with me! (And I her.) Not being heard was one of the reasons I wrote The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide (www.stayathomesurvivalguide.com). I felt I had disappeared. So many women who participated in the book felt they no longer had a voice. As moms, working 24/7 at home as hands-on caregivers, we generally don't have a place in the public discussions. (We have little access to power or media, etc.) Connecting through the internet does help us connect, and be heard. I agree that work-family balance is a challenge in this country. It's nice to hear it doesn't have to be. (Unfortunately, Americans don't like to import ideas or systems from abroad, even when they're better than ours.) I'll visit Work Life Balance.

Great post. I sometimes talk about the isolation of motherhood, particularly in the early years. Social interaction is so important...but I agree Corporate America makes it very difficult to work and still be the mom you want to be. Thank goodness we get to live in this wonderful age of sharing, talking and listening virtually!

So thoughtful, so well-expressed...thanks, Chrysula. From my own 7+ years as a mom, I believe that listening to ourselves--hearing our own voice clearly and truthfully--is the first crucial step in owning our voices and being part of the dialogue.

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