Friday Five: The Women


Over at Revgalblogpals, here are this week’s questions for the Friday Five:

“This Friday-Saturday is our annual Women’s Retreat at my church.  It’s one of my favorite 24 hours of the year, because we enjoy each other, we laugh, we cry, we support each other..and all of that good stuff!

So, since I am in the WR mode, let’s talk about women in your life!”

1. Name a woman author you very much love to read.

So hard to choose. So I’ll list five. Marilynne Robinson, Jane Austen, Barbara Kingsolver, AS Byatt, and Susan Minot.

2. Name a woman from the Bible with whom you would like to enjoy a nice long coffee talk.

Again, hard to choose. I’ll go with Hannah and Moses’ mom, so we could talk about what it is like to give up our children into God’s keeping.

3. Name a famous woman from history with whom you would like to have lunch.

Margaret Sanger. In light of the current battles being waged (again) for women’s right to control their own bodies, I’d like to sit at her feet and become educated. As a woman who grew up after many of the women’s rights battles had been won (or so we thought) I have taken a lot for granted. The news article lately that made me realize I had NO IDEA what women went through was this piece in Mother Jones about Lysol ads in the 20th century and what women were supposed to do with that Lysol. NO IDEA.

4. Name a living famous or infamous woman with whom you would like to go out to dinner.

The only reason I did not mention Anne Lamott in #1 is because I really, really want to have dinner with her. I love her writing. I love her honesty. Seriously, people. Can’t we make this one happen? She’s even a Presbyterian. I’ll get myself to San Fran.

5. If you could be SuperWoman (o.k., I know you already ARE) what three special powers would you like to have?

Currently, I am feeling broken, (in body, not mind or spirit) and would love to have regenerative powers to heal my sesamoiditis (which I have had for 4 years now and keeps me from running), my still painful sprained ankle that I injured at Labor Day, and my bruised knee that I injured when I fell last week in an airport.
I think I’d be good with that. Don’t need to be greedy. Everything else is pretty good.

10 thoughts on “Friday Five: The Women

  1. Oh, I love your Moses’ Mom and Hannah #2! Like you, I’d love to heal myself, though my own brokenness is mind and spirit rather than body. Prayers arising for you; peace!


  2. Authors: Hilary Clinton, because she got so much done in Congress with her bipartisan abilities, and Ann Rule, because she appeals to my sense of the macabre. Lunch with woman from history: Mother Teresa. So much to learn, so little time. Dinner: Rosa Parks. Can’t accuse her of wimping out, now can we? Super powers I’d love to have? To self heal 3 auto immune disorders and bipolar disease that control too much of my life and time. To have more influence with my family members, mainly my grown children.


  3. Prayers for healing.Self-healing is a good thought, which I understand as I have RA. I liked the thought of meeting Anne LaMott! Such good choices. Thanks.


  4. this is a wonderfully thoughtful play–thank you! And thanks for the link to the Mother Jones piece. wow…just, wow.

    amen on self-healing–of all kinds.


    • I tried to comment on your blog, but after 10 times of it telling me I was a spambot, I gave up.
      Here was my comment:

      Your comment about Catherine de Medici reminded me of someone else I want to meet. Catherine the Great. Just read a great biography of her.

      I’ll drink to a faster metabolism!


  5. 1. Anne McCaffery and (currently) Pricilla Royal. (I also like Ellis Peters and Diane Gabeldon)
    2. My first unedited thought was Deborah. Then after thinking about it for a while – Bathsheba and Pricilla. I have always wondered about Bathsheba and how she felt about Uriah and David and the child that was lost, and Soloman…and Absalom – But it is funny because I didn’t think of Eve right of the bat and I am currently writing a story about Eve told in first person; so maybe I feel like I am already having coffee with her!
    3. Benizer Bhutto and Queen Bodicea.
    4. Tough one, no one just pops into my head. Laura Bush maybe, or Beth Moore.
    5. 3 super powers – Healing – To be able to say the exact right thing – and to most of the time remember how to really love people.
    🙂 thanks this was fun.


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