Wednesday, October 24, 2012

If I lived then...

Often, as I reflect on the life I live, the full, expressive, creative, glorious, self-determined, sensual life that I sometimes take for granted,  I am only too aware that...

If I lived in the Middle Ages I would be thought of as a witch, and probably burned at the stake.


If I lived in the 18th Century  I could be in the paintings or poems ... but not creating them.

Jupiter and Antiope - Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
Image: Ingres

If I lived in the Victorian era I would be hysterical as I squeezed myself into corsets, bit my tongue, had dainty conversation and no sexual satisfaction.


If I lived in Saudi Arabia/ Afghanistan/ Pakistan/ an American fundamentalist community today I would probably be stoned/ beaten/ silenced/ scorned/ condemned.

But I live here and now and so I get to be me - mother, painter, free-spirited, freelancing writer, free thinking woman. One who speaks what she wants from her heart. Who follows her soul's longing. Who foments dissent against the authorities. Who encourages and helps to empower other women. Who has equality with her partner. Who can choose how many children she has. Who has money in her own bank account, that she spends on what she pleases.

And for that I am eternally grateful.

PS You might have noticed I've had a little redesign (if not, are you BLIND??!) - it's going all Creative Rainbow mama - let me know what you think in the comments below - and you will be in with a chance to win a copy of my brand new book, Moods of Motherhood (which has just gone off to the printers!)

PPS. Big, big news about my third book, The Rainbow Way - have you heard? Head over to the Dreaming Aloud Facebook page and see! Or sign up to the mailing list to make sure you never miss out on big news and reader discounts...

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  1. Lucy...I just LOVE your re-design. It looks like you are the blog! Well done...A feast for the eyes, aesthetically and from the point of view of reading material.

  2. hi,
    i got on your blog by accident but i love it, i had the chance to see it before and after :))) the change, the new look says more about u via colors and image. i have already bought 2 of the books u highly recommended and i can say i love your style. bit by bit i ll start reading yours too. in a way i can identify with you and feels so right: i am mom too but still the woman before being a mom and sometimes there is a conflict between the 2 of them but we are working on it. what i love most about your "style/way of life" is that it tries to reconnect with the real female principle, so many of us have forgotten that. thx for reminding me that.

  3. It was high time for a redesign, I really like it!

  4. It's been a while since I've visited as I usually get the blog post via email, but had to come over to see what the changes were. Love the new look Lucy - it's more 'you' - really suits the blog and it seems much more personal now yeah

  5. Happy re-awakening! it's fabulous! you are an inspiration


    Suzanne xx

  6. Thanking you, ladies. Emilia, you're very welcome here, glad to have you, and that we share taste in books.

  7. Love the new look! Vibrant and inviting. Yay - it's always fun to redecorate!

  8. Oops, I hadn't noticed as I read you in google reader. I have come over specially to see it and I love it.



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