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Feature June, July and August, 2011

July 25th, 2011 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home

Hello Everyone,

On hiatus for the summer months June through August, 2011 while building a business around the book “The Feminine Light” and I hope to return to you soon. Have a lovely summer!


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Feature May 2011

May 31st, 2011 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home

The Test of Love

Three trials endure the heart to be moved and from that place the test of love can be experienced and integrity seen as true. What are these tests? These trials can be experienced in any order and they are:

The trial of facing challenges together. The trial of acceptance. And the trial of joy.

No matter which test a relationship begins with, it is important that all three trials are experienced as the foundation of true love. The question of integrity is presented at each trial to reveal the truth of the relationship’s strength. Some relationships begin with facing challenges, while others begin with the connection of joy or even acceptance and friendship. However the relationship begins, the growth cycle of the relationship will eventually move through each of these trials. Some relationships only move through one cycle however short or long that cycle is lived to reveal a new cycle. When that new cycle begins, a choice to continue in that cycle is presented to both individuals. Sometimes the relationship ends, sometimes it is possible to make a commitment to each other to grow into that next phase. Sometimes the pressures of that next phase show the importance of separating and honoring each other in the need for individual growth and soul evolution. What determines the type of connection you have with another is predicated on your own requirements for your own joy. As a woman, your joy is paramount to your spirit’s health and the health of the world. (See the book “The Feminine Light” for more information as well as the questions regarding your Joy in the Feature April, 2011 as well as the Feature November, 2009 for turning darkness into light.) Some relationships are only meant to be experienced to help you live through a certain cycle and others are more enduring. The type of relationship to be experienced is the type of relationship that speaks to your soul. What your soul requires is the unfolding of your own growth and how you experience the relationships in your life mirrors the journey of your soul. For some people, growth requires transitions in relationships, for others a long lasting commitment can be made based upon the recognition of love. What type of relationship does your soul require? How can you recognize a deeper love? The three trials of love can help you to access the relationship you are in as well as honor who you are in that relationship.

The trial of facing challenges together is a challenge when faced is the strongest connection in a relationship, keeping each other safe. The challenges that bind people together have the ability to reveal a supportive love that is immense. Whatever the challenge whether financial, physical, emotional, social, spiritual or mental, or many times all together, this challenge is a recognition of

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Feature April 2011

May 21st, 2011 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home

The question of… If

I recently had eye surgery and I was contemplating how women view their worlds. After a few weeks of recovery, I was watching a program about the photography of Joey Lawrence shooting in Africa and as I did, I was looking at the women in their communities/tribes and wondering if they were content… Aside from cultural and collective differences, needs and desires, as well as pending threats of war… how did these women experience their lives? Were they content? Were they happy? Did they want anything more from their lives? And if so, what would it be?

So it got me thinking… if we as women were all happy in our everyday lives, and when I say that, I mean if we were in relationships where ideally we were taken care of and we felt accountable for our own lives as women and safe as well as experiencing the joy of expressing out talents and abilities…. what would we want to say as women?

A few questions for you…If you felt safe and happy in a world of your own making…

What would that world be?

Who would you be in that world as a woman?

What would you want to say as a woman?

What would you want to say for women collectively?

What is important to you to express?

How would you choose to spend your days?

What is meaningful to you?

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Feature March 2011

March 31st, 2011 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home

Gender Work Issues

Let’s look at who you are as a woman and your gender work issues. To get to know yourself better, take a sheet of paper and fill out the following questions or just copy the questions to a word processing document, you may even want to verbally record your answers.

A. Are you an entrepreneur? Do you work independently or in an office? What kind of work do you do or want to do? Do you have a particular talent, ability or vision that you want to manifest in your life that is who you are?

B. What are your talents, abilities that you express or would like to express?






C. Do you have a vision that you want to manifest? What is the vision?

D. Are you a woman who is single, has a significant other or is married?





A. If you are single, what challenges do you face with men in expressing yourself through your work?

B. For you, is the workplace a potential dating pool or is it a commitment to who you know yourself to be?

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Feature January 2011

January 8th, 2011 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home


Mostly my birthday falling on January 3rd being so close to the Christmas and New Year’s festivities, has always been rather low key. In celebration of my 50th, I decided to visit San Francisco, the place of my birth, for a four day celebration of exquisite food, museums and art. While I was there I reflected upon the beauty of the city and its multicultural heritage. I had some very nice meals, San Francisco is known for their culinary arts. A few of the restaurants/cafe’s were one’s that I had been to before like the sumptuous vegetarian restaurant Greens in Fort Mason with it’s beautiful view overlooking the Bay and the Victoria Bakery for their St. Honore cake Italian style with a mixture of sponge cake soaked in rum, creme patisserie, a thin layer of chocolate, pastry and whipped cream. Yummy!

Some other restaurants and experiences: Gary Danko for my celebratory dinner, Cafe de la Presse, walking the streets of Chinatown for some goodies as well as acquiring a pink lotus candle holder in honor of the book “The Feminine Light” which I completed as a birthday present to myself. I also caught the ferry for Sausalito at the port with it’s amazing food mart to have brunch at Murray Circle in Fort Baker, an ex officer’s barracks now converted into a hotel with an incredible view of The Golden Gate Bridge and then visiting long time family friends while I was in Sausalito. The last day of my adventure I went to Chez Panisse in Berkeley, a restaurant where my mother had always wanted to dine. In her remembrance as she was from Maryland, I had fresh crab, one of her favorite foods.

With the San Francisco CityPass, traveling around the city was made easy and the museums and galleries I visited included: the De Young Museum to see the Post-Impressionist Materpieces from the Musee D’Orsay: Van Gogh, Gaugin, Cezanne and Beyond. I particularly enjoyed the work of Paul Signac and specifically Maurice Denis’ “The Muses” painted in 1893.

I went to The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to view the works of Henri Cartier-Bresson, a French photographer who is considered to be the father of modern photojournalism. Then visiting the Weinstein Gallery at Union Square, I was introduced to the works of artist Leonor Fini, an Italian-Argentinian Surrealist painter, who had left Italy for Paris in 1937 and had her first solo exhibition in New York in 1939. “It has been said about her that she is the only artist to paint women without apology.” And like myself, she loved cats, living with up to 23 at one time. Here is a photo of my 17 year old love of my life, Yuri:

I arrived in San Francisco on New Year’s Day and to spend that day at the California Academy of Sciences, visiting the various rain forests, seeing the reindeer and the penguins feeding and going to the Planetarium which was all an incredible experience to have on the birth of a New Year. The Morrison Planetarium is the largest all-digital dome in the world and it was there that I watched the latest amazing digital planetarium show: “Life: A Cosmic Story’, approaches the tantalizing question – How did life on Earth begin? This tantalizing question forms the basis of the second all-digital planetarium show produced by the Academy. Starting with the first stars and ending with the tremendous biological diversity on Earth today, Life will tell the story of life, more than 13.7 billion years in the making! Narrated by two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster, Life: A Cosmic Story will give audiences a new appreciation for the connectedness of all living things on Earth.”

How do we all begin, I was wondering…

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Feature December 2010

December 20th, 2010 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home, Muse News

The Feminine Light

On behalf of Da Vinci’s Muse, we are happy to offer this holiday season, the book titled The Feminine Light written by Stephany Lane Yarbrough.

“It’s a lovely book. For women around the world, the questions raised in The Feminine Light are profound ones. The Tao, this universal and intimate balance, is at the heart and soul of our work through NoVo. Thank you for sharing!” -Jennifer Buffett, Board of Directors The Novo Foundation, www.NovoFoundation.org

Who are you as a woman? What does it mean to be a woman? Who are you as a spirit of light?

As women, the art of listening to the self begins the quest toward seeing ourselves more clearly, moving with enhanced fluidity through life, having a greater sense of fulfillment and expanding our own enlightenment. By honoring a dialogue of daily spiritual meditations and deeply introspective questions, we discover the power of the feminine. In over 2,500 years, The Feminine Light is the first known translated version of The Tao Te Ching written by a woman specifically for Women.

Available now through Amazon by clicking on any of the images of The Feminine Light:

Do you have any cause to doubt the integrity or authenticity of any of your relationships? How have you learned to trust yourself to hear your own voice?

Do you take the time to self-reflect, know yourself and embrace your radiance…?

In The Feminine Light, you will discover and learn to:

Know the differences between Womanhood and Manhood.
Use “darkness” and its symptoms and turn it into the path of your own enlightenment.
Have a greater sense of self-worth and fulfillment.
Prepare the way for self-ownership, accountability and self- compassion.
Have increased abilities to see life more clearly.
Connect with your spiritual unfolding and timing.
Find your truth and the purpose behind your light.
Be an empowered woman in life no matter what.
Love yourself as a woman.
Listen to your intuition and be conscious of your choices.
Remain spiritually centered and balanced.
Establish relationships with integrity.
Be safe and happy.
Co-create a world of your own making.
Appreciate yourself.
Join with like-minded women in creating a Voice.
Just be and enjoy your self-acceptance.

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Feature November 2010

November 23rd, 2010 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home

The Blessing of Birth

A friend of mine Jodie Myers films chidbirthing – www.MyBirthMovie.com. In reflecting upon what this means to her, this is what she says:

“ When people hear what I do for a living, their first response is usually a cumulative facial expression that sums up “Huh, What, Why, Really?” if you can imagine what that looks like on their faces. Then when they graduate to the use of vocabulary, their responses are quite divided, especially between men and women. Men’s imaginations usually go down under, as they visualize the more graphic and dramatic image of childbirth. They get kind of squirmish, especially if they’ve never attended birth. Women tend to connect with the emotional experience, whether they’ve experienced it themselves, or through stories they’ve heard or through the media. Media images, as we know, can yield a positive or negative response. Lets face it, childbirth on TV and in the movies is very dramatized with a lot of cursing, screaming and fear. I hope through my work to change that image into a more positive one. For the most part, however, and after finding out more about what I do, people are intrigued, at awe, and either wish they knew me when they had their babies years ago, or wonder who on earth would want THAT filmed?!

Personally, I think it’s the most amazing gift, to have the birth of your child, probably the most important moment of your life, captured and edited into a short personal documentary. My birth movies, not only unfold the birth of a baby, but the birth of a mother as well. Sometimes I see the shift clearly as it happens. It could be the moment she surrenders to the process and lets go, the moment she takes control and steps into her power, the moment it ‘hits’ her that in a very short time she’ll be meeting her baby, or the moment she forgives herself, her mother, or her partner for whatever she may have been holding on to. This gradual shift peaks when she holds her newborn for the first time, skin to skin, and falls so deeply in love. This is the moment her life has changed forever.

I never imagined finding myself filming childbirth for a living. As a kid, I never had one focused dream of “I want to be a _____,” but I do remember loosing myself in the pages of old National Geographic magazines, wanting to go “there” and meet “these other kids” and try “their food, clothing, games, homes… in Japan, Lapland, Kenya, Nepal…” The images were all so intriguing. I wasn’t even reading the articles. A seed was planted in my young mind; the desire to travel the world one day, to see it in person and feel the world with my heart.

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Feature October 2010

October 30th, 2010 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home


Have you ever asked yourself the question, “If I could do anything, what would it be?”. How do you see yourself? Has your life been motivated by the need to take care of your physical needs and the demands of necessities? Or have you taken the time or had the time to reflect on who you are? What is it about your life that fulfills you? Do you have a sense of purpose that rises you to hear your sense of worth in the grander scheme of life? Can you release the confusion and/or anger of the worth that your upbringing in your family offered?

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Feature September 2010

September 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home


This is my latest inspiration: I was at TedX in Santa Monica on Monday the 20th to hear several speakers and to watch the TED.com webcast discuss the progress toward the United Nations Summit Millennium Development Goals. The TEDxChange in New York was convened by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Melinda French Gates was one of the speakers. After watching the webcast, several speakers made presentations in Santa Monica on the topic of Education and Global Responsibility including Zebiba Shekhia who built through many challenges a high school for girls in a Sudanese refugee camp HealingBridges.org and John Kobara who spoke about “finding yourself by getting lost”. Below is an article written by John about his experience with TED.com as well as a video of his talk at TED in Santa Monica which is from his site JohnKobara.com.

“The Sources of Inspiration–The Network of TED

We obtain our ideas, inspirations, and aspirations through our experiences and our interactions with other people . We find these people through our quests for meaning or through the serendipity of life. People with purpose, people with needs, people who overcome their challenges, people like us and very different from us, who are making a difference in the world. Pretty obvious, but without making connections to others we will miss many sources of inspiration. The result can be a life less fulfilled. Regrettably, I meet these people all of the time. People who are competent, educated, and confident, and who lack passion. Who see life as an accumulating list of obligations and tasks. Time is a burden. They either think that there will be a pot at the end of the rainbow or worse, have settled for the “hand they were dealt”. We have to see the opportunity ahead. Inspiration can shake us

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Feature August 2010

August 30th, 2010 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home

On holiday…putting together a book for women on Taoism.


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