“I’ll be a plantswoman in my next life!” I told my therapy supervisor a while back. I’d been writing about the parallels between gardening and being a therapist. “Maybe you’re already one, in and beyond the therapy room,” she replied. It’s true, being a therapist can feel analogous to tending to soil, to plants, to timing, to observing what’s going on in the broader weather systems.[Read more…] about Painting with Plants: Paying Tribute to Gertrude Jekyll
No Kids People From History
by Laura S. Scott
Author of Two is Enough: A Couple’s Guide to Living Childless by Choice
Like many of my peers growing up in the 60s and 70s, I was a big fan of Louisa May Alcott’s novel “Little Women.” Although it was written in 1868 (becoming an instant bestseller) these characters still resonated with me 100 years later.[Read more…] about Louisa May Alcott: A Profile of Courage and Self Determination
by Chelsey Wren
When I reflect on inspirational women without children, Viola Desmond is one of the first to come to mind. As a Canadian, I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t know about this civil rights trailblazer until earlier this year. Her refusal to give into racial segregation happened almost a decade before Rosa Parks (another civil rights hero who had no children) made a similar stand.
by Rachel Chrastil, Ph.D
London, 1694. At age twenty-eight, Mary Astell held a distinct vision for the life well lived. In her Serious Proposal to the Ladies, Astell proposed that unmarried women seek their spiritual and intellectual improvement in dedicated institutions.