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The Feminine Light

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A book about self healing and love.

An Interview with Doris Lessing

April 12th, 2009 · Books

Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at 11:00 AM EDT

Listen to this show: Literary icon Doris Lessing won a Nobel Prize at 87 — and now, at 88, she says she’s written her last book. “Doris Lessing joins us from London. Winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature, she is author of “The Golden Notebook,” published in 1962, and more than 50 other books, including novels, story collections, poetry, science fiction, and nonfiction. Her new book is “Alfred & Emily,” which she has announced will be her last. It’s called “Alfred & Emily.” It’s about her parents. About their lives as they were — deeply scarred by World War I and played out as British colonials in outback Rhodesia. And about what their lives might have been without the trenches and blood and death of that war.
Deep in her years, Doris Lessing has a reputation these days as a brilliant, prickly, tough customer. But in this book, she is all powerful empathy and imagination. This hour, we reach out to London for a conversation with Doris Lessing”.

On Point with Tom Ashbrook: Doris Lessing

Feature March 2009

March 30th, 2009 · Books, Da Vinci's Muse for Moms, Featured Musings, Home

REFLECTIONS: Women’s Mythology, Fairy Tales and Stories
By Stephany Lane Yarbrough

Is there a mythology for women that tells us about who we are as women? What types of fairy tales and children stories are there for young women? Do these stories reveal truths about the nature of womanhood? Globally, are there stories similar running through all cultures? Let Da Vinci’s Muse know what you think about these questions.


What are your favorite fairy tales and stories? A list of over 70 fairy tales can be found on TonightsBedtimeStory.com. Click on Stories to get the list. A fabulous site for Moms to access all types of stories for reading to their children at sleepy time. I fell in love with The Tale of Peter Rabbit after reading and recording the story for Tonight’s Bedtime Story.

The ones I remember though, from a very young age, were, of course, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Little Red Riding Hood. Later, in elementary school the books of Nancy Drew written by Carolyn Keene, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie and, my most favorite, C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, were the Collections I enjoyed to read. The adventure, the seeking, the simplicity, created for me a world of possibilities as a girl. As a matter of fact, I still have those Collections in a bookcase, as well as Morning Is A Little child by Joan Walsh Angland, dedicated to the Robert F. Kennedy Children, (see complete works by Joan Walsh Anglund), and also J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

For those of you who may be collectors of The Hobbit or recordings by my father Glenn Yarbrough, or John Huston or Theodore Bikel and others, here is a rare album The Hobbit. So if anyone still has record players…

When I asked my mother what were the stories she remembered, we both laughed after she mentioned the stories she liked and I said they were the same as mine. Perhaps, it would be interesting to ask your mother what tales or books she remembers and see if the same books stand out for the both of you or if there are ones you have not heard of before. Even today, my mother loves to read J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter . Though she has a brain tumor on her brain stem and sometimes her memory is unforgiving, she does thoroughly love reading these books and is quite impressed by J.K. Rowling’s ability to write and create such imaginative stories.

A year after I graduated from The Union Institute and University in Psychology: Human Development through the Life Cycle (Boundaries of the Mind: Creativity and Identity Development ’91 which will be published in the near future with the title “How to Be the C.E.O. of Your Own L.I.F.E. Boundaries – The Necessity for R.O.L.L.S. with C.O.F.E.E. A Handbook for Young Women of All Ages”), a book that I read and which still stands out for me today is the impressive work titled, ” Women Who Run with the Wolves”. Written by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, also a Union Institute and University graduate, as well as Jungian analyst, a Cantadora, keeper of the old stories, Women Who Run with the Wolves addresses, with profound insight, the multicultural mythology of women and “helps women reconnect with the healthy, instinctual, visionary attributes of the Wild Woman archetype.”

Or for those who enjoy listening to audiobooks, below is a link to her audiobook, Women Who Run with the Wolves a “new enhanced edition of the original underground classic by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., features rare interview excerpts with this internationally acclaimed Jungian analyst and cantadora. First released three years before the print edition of Women Who Run with the Wolves (Ballantine books, 1997) made publishing history (more than 2 million copies sold worldwide), this landmark audio probes the instinctual nature of women through world myths, folktales, and commentary. Through an exploration into the nature of the wild woman archetype, Dr. Estés helps listeners discover and reclaim their passion, creativity, and power.”

In Chapter 10 of Women Who Run with the Wolves, “Clear Water: Nourishing the Creative Life”, an extremely pertinent chapter discussing the creative life of a woman, Pinkola Estes writes, ” …a woman’s creative ability is her most valuable asset, for it gives outwardly and it feeds her inwardly at every level: psychic, spiritual, mental, emotive, and economic.” In this chapter, she tells the stories of La Llorona, the Little Match Girl and The Three Golden Hairs. These three stories illustrate the cycles of life for the creative woman. If you have not heard of this book, I would highly recommend taking the time to read or listen to it. This work is a masterpiece.

For Clarissa Pinkola Estes most recent works, click here: Clarissa Pinkola Estesor click the images below.


Write here in the Comments Box to let us know what you think about the opening questions and the March Feature.

EAT, PRAY, LOVE by Elizabeth Gilbert

January 2nd, 2009 · Books