Inspiration Of Life

Yosemite Falls

The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of life is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give. The joy of life is to love.

William Arthur Ward

A Message From The Creator

The Woman Who Understands

Somewhere she waits to make you win, your soul in her firm, white hands
Somewhere the gods have made for you, the Woman Who Understands!

As the tide went out she found him
Lashed to a spar of Despair,
The wreck of his Ship around him–
The wreck of his Dreams in the air;
Found him and loved him and gathered
The soul of him close to her heart–
The soul that had sailed an uncharted sea,
The soul that had sought to win and be free–
The soul of which _she_ was part!
And there in the dusk she cried to the man,
‘Win your battle–you can, you can!’

Broken by Fate, unrelenting,
Scarred by the lashings of Chance;
Bitter his heart–unrepenting–
Hardened by Circumstance;
Shadowed by Failure ever,
Cursing, he would have died,
But the touch of her hand, her strong warm hand,
And her love of his soul, took full command,
Just at the turn of the tide!
Standing beside him, filled with trust,
‘Win!’ she whispered, ‘you must, you must!’

Helping and loving and guiding,
Urging when that were best,
Holding her fears in hiding
Deep in her quiet breast;
This is the woman who kept him
True to his standards lost,
When, tossed in the storm and stress of strife,
He thought himself through with the game of life
And ready to pay the cost.
Watching and guarding, whispering still,
‘Win you can–and you will, you will!’

This is the story of ages,
This is the Woman’s way;
Wiser than seers or sages,
Lifting us day by day;
Facing all things with a courage
Nothing can daunt or dim,
Treading Life’s path, wherever it leads–
Lined with flowers or choked with weeds,
But ever with him–with him!
Guidon–comrade–golden spur–
The men who win are helped by _her_!

Somewhere she waits, strong in belief, your soul in her firm, white hands:
Thank well the gods, when she comes to you–the Woman Who Understands! 

Everard Jack Appleton

Inspirational Woman Of The Day

bell burnell

Emine Saner

The Guardian, March 7, 2011

Article History

Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Astrophysicist who discovered the first pulsar and was the first female president of the Institute of Physics

The career of one of Britain’s most respected physicists is a neat snapshot of the progress of women in science. The 67-year-old Bell Burnell was one of the few girls “allowed” to study science at school, and was the only woman to study physics at her college; she remembers“there was a tradition among the students that when a female walked into a lecture theatre all the guys stamped and whistled and called and banged the desk. And I faced that for every class I walked into for my last two years”.

Later, as a PhD student at Cambridge University, Bell Burnell was part of the team that discovered the first pulsar, a spinning star made up of neutrons – in fact it was she who noticed the first one (and the second, third and fourth) because she was responsible for analysing the data. This led to her supervisor, Antony Hewish, and her colleague Martin Ryle, winning the Nobel prize in 1974, but not Bell Burnell.

She has always taken what many people in science believe to be a snub with good grace, although she said in one interview in 2006: “In those days, it was believed that science was done, driven by great men . . . And that these men had a fleet of minions under them who did their every bidding, and did not think. It also came at the stage where I had a small child and I was struggling with how to find proper childminding, combine a career, and before it was acceptable for women to work. And so I think at one level it said to me ‘Well men win prizes and young women look after babies.'” Throughout her career, which included becoming first female president of the Institute of Physics, she has consistently promoted women in science.

As a PhD student, Bell Burnell noticed the first pulsar, a spinning star made up of neutrons, but it was her male superviser and a colleague who won the Nobel prize in 1974, but not Bell Burnell. Although she took the snub with grace, as the first female president of the Institute of Physics, she has consistently promoted women in science.

Women In The News

Ugandan Women Find New Possibilities in Art World

By Sophie Alal

WeNews correspondent

Monday, April 2, 2012

KAMPALA, Uganda (WOMENSENEWS)– In the middle of a small street flanked by fragrant jacaranda trees blooming with purple flowers, a group of actors jostles for space with passersby and a succession of big, white government vehicles outside the Uganda Museum.

It could be just another street theater rehearsal in the capital. But it’s not. This one includes two women among the performers, a rarity in a society where women are often discouraged from seeking public attention.

When the Bayimba Cultural Foundation sent out calls for a street theater workshop, the two women–Moreen Duudu Hazel and Rehema Nanfuka–showed up. They didn’t know they had become pioneers in a challenging art form. It was just something they wanted to do.

Hazel and Nanfuka say sexual harassment is a problem when they perform on the streets of Kampala as well as in other towns.

“Guys were pulling my hand, saying, ‘I want this one, and I want that one,'” Hazel said, recalling a recent performance.

Both women said the other actors in their troop have helped contain the situations.

In 1990, Makerere University, the country’s leading academic institution, located in Kampala, introduced an affirmative action plan to increase women’s access to public universities.

Five years later, the country’s constitution was amended to say, “Women shall have the right to affirmative action for the purposes of redressing the imbalances created by history, tradition or custom.”

Twenty years later, female students had closed the gap with male counterparts in the humanities, especially in arts studies. At Makerere University’s January 2012 graduation, young women were 55 percent of thoseearning arts degrees.

But there’s still a gap outside school.

Positive Signs

With the exception of church choirs, women in the arts are still pushing for wider recognition. Positive signs exist that they are making progress.

One big one breakthrough came recently when the country’s curriculum-setting agency added “A Season of Mirth” by Ugandan writer Regina Amollo to the list of books for studying literature in English. It’s still listed among the non-examinable texts, which are meant for leisure and not for obligatory study in school.

Even so, women see it as a breakthrough in the male domination of Ugandan literature.

Creative writing has also spurred political discussion of gender issues in Uganda. Most notable was “Beyond the Dance,” a 2009 anthology of short fiction and poetry about female genital mutilation.

Artist Sarah Tshila fuses spoken word poetry, African traditional music and hip-hop.

In 2007, the BBC World Service’s talent search program, “The Next Big Thing,” named her as one of the 20 best unsigned artists in the world. In August of the same year, she recorded her first album, “Sipping From The Nile.”

“This was great positive feedback,” she says. “It opened doors for me internationally.”

Tshila says that the low number of women in the performing arts is not always a deliberate exclusion.

“Sometimes it is about the way we’ve been raised and the lack of courage to pursue our dreams,” she says.


Inspiration Of Motherhood

Mother and Son Outdoors    Stock Photo - Rights-Managed, Artist: Rommel, Code: 700-00527653

“The Little One That Follows Me”

A careful woman, I ought to be;
a little one follows me.
I do not dare to go astray,
for fear they’ll go, the self-same way.

I cannot once escape their eyes,
whatever they see me do, they’ll try.
Like me, they say, they’re going to be,
that little one that follows me.

They think that I am good and fine; 
believe in every work of mine.
The bad in me they must not see;
my life to them, must, an example be.

I must remember, as I go,
through summer’s sun and winter’s snow,
I’m building for the years to be,
for that little one that follows me.

Author: Unknown

Inspiration Of Style

derek lam

Don’t speak ill of your predecessors or successors. You didn’t walk in their shoes.
Donald Rumsfeld

Walk In These!!!

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