Samira Gdisis

Sing Out about this UNsung Woman April, 2022 Sponsored by ArtRoots,  a Writer in Residence Project January to June 2022 Submitted by Mary Elizabeth Nelson A perfect passion for people and the arts combined with a heart of gold describes Samira Gdisis, recognized as April’s UNsung Woman honoree. Her nominator Mary Nelson writes, “Samira willingly organizes and…

Trauma & other delights

By Jeanne Arnold  After my thirteen years working with my beloved people at my local hospital, I moved into The Big Leagues as the PR person for one of Milwaukee’s major hospitals, the Milwaukee County Medical Complex, formerly known as the County Hospital, later known as John Doyne. I started as a one-person new department…

Fateful hours at 3 a.m. 

by Jeanne Arnold One Friday night years ago, I entered the emergency room with my camera ready at that fateful hour when the taverns close and the drunks hit the streets. I hung around until 3 a.m. The only emergency incidents that night had to do with anal sphincters—and that was hardly photographic. An elderly…

What’s your pronoun? One’s capacity for love?

by Jeanne Arnold Since 1976, I’ve played around with the concept of androgyny and the use of gender-free pronouns and was captivated by the concept presented in Carolyn Heilbrun’s Toward a Recognition of Androgyny: the realization of man in woman and woman in man. I was entranced with her analysis of Virginia Woolf and her Orlando novel…

With Goddess-like bodies

Full Moon at North Beach By Jeanne Arnold We gathered for our annual August Full Moon Circle on the grassy space across from Lake Michigan’s broad and sandy beach, and each year I do the practical details that are necessary for our gathering including getting permission for a bonfire in case police drive by and…

Loreen Greene Mohr

Sing Out about Our First UNsung Woman March, 2022 Sponsored by ArtRoots, a Writer in Residence Project January to June 2022 Submitted by Lee Ann Roberts Part 1 of 3 Loreen Greene Mohr has been keeping members of our community well informed for more than 40 years. Even those who don’t recognize her name might…

Mother Courage expands the dream

Joining the growing feminist/lesbian network By Jeanne Arnold Barbara’s bookstore dream became a nightmare. At first our store succeeded and sold many books like Rita Mae Brown’s Rubyfruit Jungle and Marilyn French’s The Woman’s Room. Then the Regency Mall opened with two big-chain bookstores that ruined our sales. When Barbara was a teenager, she imagined being a Christian missionary. “Now…

Mother Courage & the dream 

Proud of being “OUT” By Jeanne Arnold Madison’s book shoppers seemed quite blasé about Barbara’s eight life-sized but headless nude paintings hanging for her one-woman show at Room of One’s Own, the only thriving feminist bookstore in Wisconsin. The manager appreciated them. She smiled saying, “The girls certainly do warm up the room.”  To celebrate Barbara’s…

A day of self-indulgence        Part 2       

The horse knows the way By Jeanne Arnold Because of my extra time wrapped in a blanket hearing New Age music at the Osmosis Enzyme Bath and Massage spa, I was behind schedule more than I planned. The healing relaxation of my body and mind turned to stress when I jumped in my rented Neon,…

A day of self-indulgence Part 1 of 2

By Jeanne Arnold A day of self-indulgence awaited me, one so extremely nurturing that I wept at the start of it, my most extravagant day. And I needed it. I was delighted with my view on this August morning’s drive on Highway 1 to Freestone, California. The Pacific Ocean’s fog hung over the mountains with…