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This month's topic is WOTV is Making a Heart Smile Collage, so what is this and why are we doing it?  Read the press release here for details. I have felt so many times in my life that I don't always know my purpose.  What can I do to best serve our higher
AnaLewis · 1595 days ago

Typically I blog on the 1st of every month, however, this month, as we are discussing Women's Health, I have been neglectful. I am a late arriver to the party. This has been a very busy month for me, as one of my sons and his fiance got married. It has t
AnaLewis · 1664 days ago

Hi, my name is Ana Lewis and I am the founder of (WOTV). As I say that sentence, I expect to hear you say, “Hi Ana,” in the same monotone voice of an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Am I admitting my addiction to having a strong network o
AnaLewis · 1721 days ago

Today I began an experiment. I planted two hemp plants in two different pots. One seedling will get tons of love. I put a sign on it that says, “Tell me that I am beautiful and that I will grow up to be a big and healthy hemp plant.” On the other, I said,
AnaLewis · 1743 days ago

I believe that we can learn the best lessons from our pets.  In fact, I call our dog, Cousteau's philosophy, The Zen of Cousteau for a good reason, he's the mellowest dude on the planet.  Here are tips from Cousteau on how to stay cool in the summer.: Tak
AnaLewis · 1776 days ago

A herd of horses Galloping free, manes are tossed Tails flying like flags Parch earth is kicked Graceful waltz in the desert Dust clouds in a swirl Round-up in motion Indians who are cowboys Unify the herds Nuzzling muzzles Equine welcome gathering Colt
AnaLewis · 1791 days ago

Our topic this month, Strong Women Surviving Devastating Ordeals, is very important. Thankfully a good majority of us have not suffered a devastating ordeal, however, with the Internet on 24/7, we are exposed to such events on a daily basis and sometimes i
AnaLewis · 1810 days ago

About a month or so ago a whole lot of things happened to me and I believe in my heart I am now experiencing the afterbirth of my rebirth. I fell down a flight of steps. Now, that may not seem a big deal to many of you, however, it shook me up pretty damn
AnaLewis · 1812 days ago

  Her red floors shone with wax and polish, 3D artwork (that would look foolish in another's home) graced the mantle, food on the stove, ever-ready for guests, adobe house furnished art-deco style with the ornate lamps and hard-wood built-ins. Every piec
AnaLewis · 1904 days ago

  I didn't know what it was, but I knew it was bad. Really bad.   The pretty girl was popular, blond and she always hung out with a group of boys. They seemed to admire her, cater to her every need and protect her. One night that all changed. Woken o
AnaLewis · 1936 days ago

This morning the children at Sandy Hook Elementary School went back to class.  In the aftermath of horrific circumstances, where a lone gunman, killed 20 of their first grade class mates right before their very eyes along with the 6 adults, including their
AnaLewis · 1964 days ago

  LYSISTRATA: There are a lot of things about us women That sadden me, considering how men see us as rascals. CALONICE: As indeed we are!One of my favorite tales of women as peacemakers is the Greek play, Lysistrata, written by Aristophanes.It was o
AnaLewis · 1967 days ago

During one of my many sessions with Women on the Verge (WOTV) member, Judy Kinney, I complained that I felt burned out and like I had no time. She nudged me with her gentle voice and said, “You know, that no opens up your yeses, right?” I stopped to thin
AnaLewis · 1988 days ago

  My Dear Body,   You have kindly housed my soul since the day I was born, yet I rarely thank you for that. Instead, I poke at your triple-threat child-bearing hips, your softening neck, your focus-challenged eyes, your back that whines without it's dai
AnaLewis · 2043 days ago

  I don't like zoos. I don't like circuses with animals either. I think that if we want to see animals, we should go to them, on their home court, so we can understand and appreciate them as they truly are.   I know my views can be seen as radical by so
AnaLewis · 2119 days ago

  Simple things bring happiness. When I realize this, I have my best days. Those little things that stroke our souls and make us smile – imagine carving out a portion of every day to include them. A day without yoga or movement for me means I may be stif
AnaLewis · 2152 days ago

  June is here and with it comes a new topic for us to dive into. This month's topic is called, “No Room to Hide”.  The plan is that we will come face-to-face with our vulnerabilities and courageously be okay with them. Personally, I can tell you, I am
AnaLewis · 2180 days ago

I am asking that as a question, because I am going to tell you the way that I do, however, I am no expert, so I am also curious about how you do it, too.   During this month's Spa for the Soul, Judy Kinney asked us to fill out a questionnaire to discover o
AnaLewis · 2196 days ago

  Why is it so easy to look at the people around me and so easily see their super power, while at the same time, I am challenged to see my own?   No matter how many times someone tells me that I am wonderful, I have this little voice of doubt rise up insid
AnaLewis · 2211 days ago

  Some days it's more difficult to find that space in your heart for laughter than others, putting the guard down and letting your laughter ring can be a challenge.   I am aiming here to help you cheat your way to laughing. Let someone else's cleverness m
AnaLewis · 2239 days ago

  Sisterhood. When one doesn't have a sister, yet yearns for one, it seems like such a vast word. But, in all honesty, it was the conceptual word behind the beginnings of Women on the Verge. It is the root. The core. The foundation. And ultimately,
AnaLewis · 2272 days ago

  "Shawls ... made for centuries universal and embracing, symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving, God. They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, mother, hug, shelter and beautify. Those who have received these shawls have been up
AnaLewis · 2299 days ago

I have found lately that a quiet space with a pen and paper will give me something that I don't always see.  Me. ZenTangle is an artform that allows you to simply get lost in the fine details.  Anyone can do it, as you don't have to be an artist with a cap
AnaLewis · 2301 days ago

  January 2, 2012Dear _______________ organization,   I have supported you physically, mentally, emotionally and financially for years. I believe in what you are aiming to do and your mission.   This letter is to ask you to please remove me from your mai
AnaLewis · 2331 days ago

  May the long time sunShine upon you,All love surround you,And the pure light within youGuide your way on.   Traditionally the above song is played at the end of every Kundalini yoga class in the US as a farewell blessing. I thought it was appropriate
AnaLewis · 2341 days ago

  Everyday is a new day in my mind. Everyday I ask God, “What shall I do today to fulfill my purpose?”   I was never one of those fortunate people who woke one morning at the age of 8 and knew that they were meant to be a healer or sing, write or express
AnaLewis · 2363 days ago

  When discussing the concept of giving and receiving, my mind automatically goes to giving. I am comfortable giving. I hand make gifts at this time every year for family – I have a running list of things I want to make, carefully designed for each perso
AnaLewis · 2393 days ago

  At the beginning of every month, I make a commitment to myself to fully be in every topic. This has proven to be quite beneficial to me, in my growth. With that endeavor in mind, I chose to focus at the beginning of this month, while our topic is “Real
AnaLewis · 2413 days ago

    The word vagina is derived from Latin and technically means “sheath for a sword.” In this case, I am guessing the sword is a penis.     Is our thinking still antiquated? Is our vagina truly ours? Is our female sexuality seen predominantly in terms
AnaLewis · 2425 days ago

  Being on the Verge means listening to my soul. Not only listening to it – really, really hearing it and letting it sing out loud. Releasing it from it's bounds – so it can ring true – even if it can't carry a tune, let it belt out a song with the enthu
AnaLewis · 2440 days ago

    dreaming of true sisterhood women sharing talk about it to those who care women on the verge   no reason to feel alone hands reach out oceans apart sisters of the heart women on the verge   listen closely and you will hear kindness support laughter a
AnaLewis · 2454 days ago

  Lately one of my favorite mottoes has been, “Be the person you want to become - now.” A lot times lately, when I am doing something, I stop and think, is this the person I imagine myself being in one, five, ten years from now? If not, time to step bac
AnaLewis · 2485 days ago

I spent a very long time not posting in my personal blog, when this month's topic came about, The Power of Words, and I realized, hey!  I have a lot of words inside of me that I would like to share.  What about the things I am doing in yoga (some very cool
AnaLewis · 2499 days ago

  One summer afternoon in Tucson, my CASA girl and I were driving around in Big Ugly, and she was enjoying a little channel surfing on my car's XM radio.  She hooted and cheered when she figured out that if you turn the channel to 5 – you get music of the
AnaLewis · 2516 days ago

  I stood at the doorway of my oldest child's bedroom on his first birthday and grinned. You could not tell from his bedroom what gender he was. The colors were neutral, bright and bold and chosen for their psychological good – yellow for remembering and
AnaLewis · 2533 days ago

Healing Between the Genders Recently I saw an old episode of “What Would You Do”, titled “Man Drops Powder in Date's Drink”. and was more than a little disturbed. The episode showed actors being portrayed as a young attractive couple who met on the Inte
AnaLewis · 2546 days ago

  Housewives, what a misnomer. Women aren't married to their house. The definition of a housewife is, “A married woman whose main occupation is caring for her family, managing household affairs, and doing housework “. Um, sounds thrilling doesn't it? H
AnaLewis · 2552 days ago

  I was recently asked what I consider to be my greatest accomplishment and without hesitation I said, “Being a mother.” I don't think that I am the best mother, but I do think that I deeply, deeply love my children and step-children and it shows. They k
AnaLewis · 2566 days ago

Yesterday I was at the grocery store and two women were ahead of me in line. They had two children (a sick infant and a 3ish girl). They paid for their groceries in small WIC checks (under $5 each). They had to process each order separately. One for
AnaLewis · 2573 days ago

She was not afraid of DeathTalked about it like the weatherI want to die quickly and in my sleepShe made her requestAnd she did It was her heart thatkilled hergenerouspassionateactiveangrydramatictalentedheart Her generosity touched so manyWatched the news
AnaLewis · 2576 days ago

  Big Ugly and Me   He's a heavy drinker And carries a belly A family man Even has his own telly   He's luxuriously soft And bountifully tasteful Yet his habits – are awful And that makes him wasteful   He's a source of trouble You can't help it, it's true
AnaLewis · 2583 days ago

  There once was a Woman on the Verge Whose dreams were so bright, they did surge Untethered by rules Her friends were her jewels And together, their hopes would emerge   The Woman on the Verge was named Hope For president she ran, then for pope Her heart
AnaLewis · 2590 days ago

    The Stain There once was a stain on the bed Mysterious, untrustworthy and dead We poked and we prodded We questioned and plotted Our findings, they filled us with dread We turned on the light Examined our plight Oh damn, we wished it was red Ana Lewis
AnaLewis · 2602 days ago

  Chasing the sunset to the ends of the earth Inhaling the cold in all of its girth The canyon is big, in fact it is grand But my thoughts are more urgent – can you please warm my hand? The deer were quite neighborly as we shivered on by Midnight snac
AnaLewis · 2603 days ago

  Sometimes you just have to use your instincts when living among deadly plants and animals in the desert. This is the story of one of those times.   One late spring weekend, my girlfriends and I gathered for our annual slumber party at a beautiful upscal
AnaLewis · 2604 days ago

  Disclaimer: This is very, very bad poetry and not for children.  Read at you own peril.Hot HeadedOnce upon a soup is our taleThe way to a man's heart without failChicken, tomatillos, lime and riceRoasted hot peppers and plenty of spiceThe resulting conco
AnaLewis · 2607 days ago

  Sometimes you simply have to be your own best heroine. Today was one of those days for me. Our weather in Tucson, AZ has been absolutely divine lately, and I was having a bad case of spring fever. What to do when you only feel like playing outside and
AnaLewis · 2611 days ago

Many years ago, I was a young mother-to-be living in Seattle, Washington. I knew no one except for my then husband, mother-in-law and my obstetrician. I would faithfully go to the library once a week, on my daily walks and it was there that I found a
AnaLewis · 2631 days ago

  She first got in my car with her headset on and a book in her hand. No way was she going to allow me to connect with her. No way was she going to let me in. Then I asked her to pop her music on in my car so we could both hear it – and she lit up. Fr
AnaLewis · 2638 days ago

In our last WOTV radio show, we employed a technique mentioned by Robbie Kaye, in her blog on this month's topic, Healing: Woman to Woman, that she called “passing the talking feather”. Now, I understand this is not a new technique, however, it was new to
AnaLewis · 2645 days ago
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