People of One Fire
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News Link #27
February 16, 2013
So you think that you are becoming a medicine woman?
You ladies will really enjoy this article. Well, you
guys might want to keep the photos of the rock musician-belly dancer in
your computer . . . if you are single, of course.
Being chosen as a medicine woman is not just a Native American
tradition. It can be found in the history of Judaism, plus among several
Celtic and Nordic cultures. Meet Bonnie, an Alabama medicine woman, who
is also a high school art teacher, and Aviva, a Georgia medicine woman,
who also leads a rock band, performs belly dancing professionally and
builds ecologically sensitive structures.
Bonnie now combines her gifts in art and healing to
help teenage girls, who have gotten in trouble with the law or into
drugs. She does not want them to “screw up” like she did two decades
Alas, other men brag about the beautiful strangers,
who came up to their door and promised to rock their world. For unknown
reasons, over the past 12 years, women, who were first going through the
strange experiences of becoming a medicine woman somehow found me out.
There must be a “Think you are going crazy because you are becoming a
medicine woman hotline” that somehow keeps track of what hovel I am
currently living in. I have lost count of the total number. Many are in
The funny thing is that while I was married and goat
cheese farmer, beautiful women in their twenties WOULD show up at my
farmhouse door, always with bottles of wine in their arms and a desire
to rock my world. I foolishly sent them away, unrequited. A feller jest
can’t no respect!
Okay, I must confess that Aviva DID come up to my
cabin door, but she had several chaperons and a high standard of
personal moral conduct . . . not to mention the fact that she asked to
use my photo for her community vegetable garden’s scarecrow.
If interested in hearing their stories, go to:
Belly dancer? Yes, she is!
Richard Thornton, Editor