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WOW Pick for February 2019

There is much more to this book, which is not a political memoir.
Becoming by Michelle Obama

“Becoming” is a warm, intimate coming-of-age story of a strong-minded girl who grew up to become one of the most powerful and influential women in the country. It is filled with determination, love of family and many subtle and not-so-subtle lessons about being female, black, and black and female in America.

She talks openly about things that many people are uncomfortable discussing. (Race! It is so hard, still, to talk about race.) She writes about what it feels like to be the only black person in a room filled with white people. (At Princeton, she says, she and the few other African-American students were “poppy seeds in a bowl of rice.”)

She writes about how, as a black person, she knows she has to work harder and be better prepared than her white colleagues. She writes about how her high school counselor told her she wasn’t Princeton material, and how that dismissal (“she was telling me to lower my sights”) only made her more resolute to get into the Ivy League.

She also writes about the importance of strong women in her life — not just her mother and teachers, but mentors and friends. She writes about problems in her marriage — her difficulties getting pregnant, her fights and frustrations with Barack and how they needed counseling to work things out.

The most interesting part of the book is the first half, about growing up in Chicago. Michelle, her brother and their parents lived in the top half of a duplex owned by her 

mother’s aunt Robbie, a piano teacher. Michelle’s father had hoped at one time to become an artist, but without money for college (and “no model of what that sort of life looked like”), he joined the Army, then took a job tending the boilers at the city water plant. He developed MS while still a young man and died at 55.

While it’s clear they had little money, she never describes her childhood as underprivileged. Instead, she tells stories and lets readers draw their own conclusions. For instance, as a child she took piano lessons on Robbie’s old piano, and she grew to recognize middle C because of a crack in the ivory. But when she gave her first recital — on a baby grand piano at Roosevelt University — she was briefly lost. All the keys were perfect. How would she know where to begin?

The second half of the book covers ground most of us have lived through — the political rise of Barack; Michelle’s intense dislike of politics; and the way her life expanded and contracted once he was elected. More interesting than the politics are the details of life in the White House, where she couldn’t even open a window (bullet-resistant and sealed shut for protection) and where sneaky incognito trips to PetSmart and Target make her feel, briefly, free. And by the end of the book, she is, of course, truly free.

At home alone, no more hermetically sealed windows, no more guards, she pads downstairs and makes herself some cheese toast. And then, she muses, she might open a window, “so I could feel the spring air — how glorious that would be.”




I Miss Me More by Kelsea Ballerini 

Lyrically, it’s rhythmic and witty the way she slips catchy phrases that go along to the catchy uptempo of the song. Independently her and not afraid to show it is the best way we can explain the song to someone who’s never heard it. Don’t let heartbreak scare the country superstar away because this is anything but. “Miss Me More” addresses a relationship that has gone awry due to her loves controlling ways.

“I retired my red lipstick ’cause you said you didn’t like it / I didn’t wear my high heeled shoes, ’cause I couldn’t be taller than you,” she sings, listing off her partner’s demands, which has caused her to lose more than herself. After what you think is going to be a list of demands and a song filled with heartbreak, Ballerini switches the narrative and fights for her independence.

“I miss me more / I miss my own beat of my own snare drum / I miss my own sheets in the bed I made up / I forgot I had dreams, I forgot
WOW Pick for January 2019

I had wings / Forgot who I was before I ever kissed you / I thought I’d miss you, but I miss me more,” she sings with dignity in the chorus. It’s a brave, sassy and empowering song that you will want to shout at the top of your lungs more than once.



WOW Pick for December 2018

The Untold Story of the Donut Dollies

I was so excited when I came upon these AMAZING Women of which I knew nothing about until now. The Donut Dollies were American women who volunteered to go to Vietnam on an impossible mission: help the troops forget about the war. Let’s not forget about their role over this holiday season. 

In this video Gordan Sparks video glimpse HONORS these Women who helped bring a smile and a little bit of home to many of an American Veteran in the Vietnam War. These Women should be given Their Rightful Due for Their Service for Their Country. And The 5 Dollie's that were killed in Vietnam should be on "The Vietnam Wall". Gordon Parks is making this a Mission to Make that Happen. THEY MADE A DIFFERENCE. SALUTE LADIES and THANK YOU. Music...."She's A Lady" by Tom Jones "Lady" by The Little River Band  

Armed with nothing but cookies and home-made entertainment programs, the Donut Dollies risked their lives every day as they tried to fulfill their mission and cheer up the US troops. Despite their service and sacrifice, their stories and contributions in Vietnam have gone largely unnoticed and unappreciated.

Mark Jonathan Harris, three-time Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker and Documentarian, along with Norm Anderson, whose Mom was a Donut Dollieare hoping this more in-depth project will change that. View the trailer here and visit their website to find out about its debut.  We are waiting excitedly for this honouring of many WOW Gals & WOW Gal Angels!



A Scary Time (for boys) by Lynzy Lab

This is a WOW Song!!! Oct 11 was the International Day of the Girl. The idea of that day was to focus on female leadership to make better lives for girls. The news of the Supreme Court confirmation and a lot of talk about men not knowing what it's like to be a woman, but some men don't totally get it. After Donald Trump said, 'This is a very scary time for young men' and in response to that, a teacher from Texas named Lynzy Lab wrote a great song called 'A Scary Time' and recorded a video of herself singing it. It is very well done. 

In her song, Lab describes some of the many difficulties women face, like being afraid to wear mini skirts, not being able to ride 

WOW Pick for November 2018


public transportation alone after 7pm, and being uncomfortable leaving a drink unattended — but she really does sympathize with all the nervous men out there...

"It's really scary when your name is on the line and any woman you've assaulted could show up any time," Lab sings. "Yeah it sure is a scary time for guys, can't speak to any woman or look her in the eyes. It's so confusing, is it rape or is it just being nice? So inconvenient that you even have to think twice." 

Of course, the song is satirical. If the resistance hashtag didn't already tip you off. 

Lab ends the song with a final verse, pointing out how it is not such a scary time for boys, and encourages women to go out and vote in the midterms: "Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, cause it's not such a scary time for boys, they've always had the upper hand, they've always had a choice. It's time for women to rise up, use our collective voice, the day to vote is November sixth, so let's make some noise.Review by AMANDA LUZ HENNING SANTIAGO 



WOW Pick for October 2018


When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy 

When I Hit You is an achingly beautiful and raw piece of work. The tale of a woman in love and proving a point who marries an attractive and persuasive professor. She is whisked away to live with him in his small costal town where the walls slowly start to close in one her as he becomes increasingly abusive and bullying. Told to stay put by her parents and work it out we watch as our narrator starts to fight back but will she survive it?

The prose in When I Hit You us delectable perfection, which made all the more sense when I discovered that the author is a poetess. Despite being written by a poet When I Hit You is not overwritten. Visceral and hard hitting there will be times you need to put it down for a few moments and walk away and yet it is difficult to put down and even harder to forget. There are moments of profound beauty and moments of utter horror. This is a novel that everyone can read and take something from it.

I found myself photographing endless passages that capture the essence of life, both the good times and he bad. From love to hate and everything in between. This is a book of life and a worthy inclusion of the Women’s Prize shortlist. A must read in my books I would urge each and everyone to read this important and timely novel. Gleaned from crazybookladyreviews 



A Woman's Purse is a Mysterious Thing

This video is hilarious albeit a bit too short for my liking… or my purse contents. Unlike the woman in this video…I have a much harder time finding the exact item I am looking for. Often, I will lament the need for a computerized purse that would bring the item desired to the top just by pushing a button or asking Alexa to make it happen. It seems every time I organize things some gremlin comes along and rearranges it and the hunt is on!

Other testimonials to Past Present and Future Purse contents
Holly Fisher: LOL~The wine and ice cream...This is totally me, with keeping every, single receipt under the sun.  Plus, being a Nana, now, add in the toys, sippy cups, fruit snacks, and coloring crayons!!
WOW Pick for September 2018

Wild Things: "Haha when my toe randomly started bleeding my mom pulled out disinfecting wipes tissues and Band-Aids, then socks so it would be protected! It's amazing!"

Kevin Madzima: "My mom legit pulled out some grapes from her bag out of nowhere one day I said I was hungry. She also occasionally just pulls out medicine, mints, etc. for my dad. WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?"

MollyMac 444: "My great grandmother used to have a doll house kitchen sink in her purse because everyone used to tell her “you have everything but the kitchen sink in here!”

Manic Mama Hippo:"This was my Mama's purse and somehow has become my purse as well! My boy's joke all the time that I am a walking pharmacy!"

Scarlett Luu: "It's a literal void filled with everything but only the purses owner can find things!"

that girl in okc: "yes! This is my purse! The variety of pain relievers, including the discontinued one! I also carry snacks, bottled water and a full manicure set... just in case"

Carla Mautz: Yasssssss. "Except one thing - no man would ever dare go into a woman’s purse. They would bring it to you and make you get whatever they need." 


WOW Pick for August 2018
When Your Past is Hurting Your Present by Sue Augustine

In my work I am surrounded by AMAZING women who have overcome so many obstacles in various areas of their lives. All of them, as well as myself recognizing the moments we cycle backward when a new trigger comes out of the blue and how, sometimes for days we feel like we haven’t moved past the past at all.

An anonymous quote in this book speaks to how the past can eat us alive: “It is not the experience of today that drives us mad; it is the remorse and bitterness of something which happened yesterday.” Some of us out there may still be stuck in rehashing old hurtful moments longer than we want to be and would benefit most from this book. 

Whenever that occurs in my life I revisit this resource that helped me get beyond this and keeps me moving forward even today. It is well worn and “highly” highlighted and full of notes, Ah-has and OMGs!  Most of all it reminds me of how far I have come which on review has been AMAZING too.

I highly recommend both this and the author’s first book, With Wings…There are No Barriers as books of guidance and inspiration for every woman’s personal library. Both can be read quickly and /or on a daily basis until you re-establish your life’s balance. 

This book has a chapter on “Building Foundations Day by Day” which includes Plan Balances for your body, your soul and your spirit. “The past cannot be changed…the future can be anything you want it to be.” This book will help to make that transition. 
Review by WOWMagazine Founder, C Shannon


Mother Nature is Standing By by Carolyn Shannon

When I took the photo at right during a walk a couple of years ago I never really knew what it meant to me until this year. The year that higher ups have decided that Global Warming doesn't exist and are on a mission to  drag us backwards after so much progress has been made. (mind you not as much as we need)

Then Searching the web one day I landed on this page (330 Hearts in Nature on Pinterest I literally heard a voice screaming out, 'PLEASE See my Heart Humans!"  They convinced me yet again that Nature has a heart "beating" within each and every part of it and thrives on LOVE and appreciation same as we do.

While they are quite capable of flourishing as well as experiencing death via the life cycle Mother Nature provides, we also need to nourish and honour them via respect of this natural flow for if we are to survive we will need them and all the gifts they bring.. Always keep in mind that Mother Nature can wipe out much of technology in a matter of minutes and is standing by to see if we will work with her or against her in the future.

What will they give us in return? Look at these AMAZING photos to find out. 


WOW Pick for July 2018


WOW Pick for June 2018


Awaken Your Spirit: Reconnecting to Your Source by WOW Gal Marcella Billings

It seems every day now we are hearing of many children dying of gun violence, accidents and illness long before their parents and grandparents. This if such a horrific experience for families, especially Mothers to experience.

In this Book, a Mother takes you through her healing process after losing her son to Leukemia. Marcella and her husband seemed to be leading a perfect life, made more complete with two wonderful boys-until their eldest son, David, was diagnosed with leukemia dying at the age of 10 after enduring 2 years of pain and treatment.. 

Marcella was left heartbroken and with her faith in God shattered. After years of seeking answers and inner-peace, She reveals how it was only after she decided to release her pain and move forward that she was finally able to reconnect to her soul and return to the essence of life. 

In her uplifting spiritual guide inspired by David's teachings, Marcella details her poignant healing journey as she was guided to rediscover God's ever-present love, the truth of eternal life, and ultimately, enlightenment and peace.
 
Also included are simple tools and practical advice that will help others awaken their own spirits and learn to live fully again. In this spiritual guide, a mother shares a story of love, truth, and hope as she moved from the darkness of grief into the light of a new destiny..

The loss of a child can be devastating yet through healing our grief can we begin to evolve in to a space of gratitude that this BEAUTIFUL soul picked us to spend their short time on earth with. Then we can truly celebrate their life rather than only focusing on their death, we can find peace.. 


Beautiful Child by Pauley Perette

After reading the reviews on this song by Pauley Perrette, better known As Abby on NCIS, I had to hear it myself. Everything that was said in those reviews are absolutely true. One can not help but be moved by it. This song gave me goosebumps as I became caught up in both the melody and words and intensified with each moment of listening! WOW!!!  It is simply beautiful and needs to be heard by both parents and children throughout the world. 

Originally written for a friend who had lost her brother and raise funds for the Trevor Project dedicated to suicide prevention amongst LGBT children, being a High School teacher for 20 years, I know there are many other suicidal teens who need to hear this powerful  message. Especially, “Don't hide away. You're light inside needs to shine. Don't go away. You know you've got so much to say.”
WOW Pick for May 2018


Youtube comments: 
“This made me cry. I hope someone out there hears this song and gains strength from it. It hurts me so much to think that there are people out there who feel as lost, useless, and insignificant as I did a few years ago when I attempted. I guess I should say I'm better now, although I'm still struggling with myself, but in the past few years since my last attempt I've met so many incredible supportive people whom I wouldn't have met if I'd died back then. Things can change”

“I realize this was written in support of LGBT, but i would like to say this an amazing song for anyone who is going through rough times and needs to know they are loved.”

Listen with open ears & heart! Women of Worth Magazine consider this especially WOW Worthy!


WOW Pick for April 2018

Women Who Love Too Much by Robin Norwood

This timeless book is suitable for the reader for whom being in love means being in pain. Therapist Robin Norwood describes loving too much as a pattern of thoughts and behaviour which certain women develop as a response to problems from childhood. Throughout the years it has provided thousands of women all over the world to take a serious look at their abusive relationships and ultimately leave. 

Some of the comments have been: “this book allowed me to realize what I personally was(is) doing wrong in relationships”; “Very insightful book. I appreciated the ideas that you cannot change your partner, you only can change yourself”; “It's the biggest wake up call you'll ever get”. That being said… As long as we believe that if we are better women we can earn LOVE, this book will always be important.

     And Now on a Lighter Note....

Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much by Allia Zobel Nolan, Cartoons by Nicole Hollander
This adorable and “hiss-terical” book is for every woman who can just never get enough of that sweet little pink nose, those round green eyes and the whiskers that go on for days. As the author says, "I'm sure that some people think what I do for my cats is "over-the-top," but I strongly believe that when we are so blessed to have a cat choose us for their companion, it is our duty to spoil them and make them as happy and comfortable as possible for as long as they are with us.  If you're a cat lover, you will love Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much


Wedding Songs & Videos by T Carter Music


A Mother's Song is the one featured here but this is a website that has so much to offer all soon to be married.The perfect mother son wedding dance song!

Only one of many beautiful wedding options available for any woman’s wedding. New wedding dance songs for the father daughter dance, mother son dance, first dance, and much more! Classical, Celtic, and Acoustic Guitar wedding ceremony songs! Prelude, processional, recessional, and special ceremony songs. Available in CD, Mp3, or sheet music format.

The finest in New Wedding Music! While most couples have a song that resonates with them more than others these are well worth including throughout the reception for sure. Why reinvent the wheel when this is an AMAZING option available to you.

WOW Pick for March 2018




WOW Pick for February 2018
8 Colours of Prosperity by WOW Gal Moira Bush

This is the Ultimate Guide to turn your Debt Devils into Love Angels I was pleasantly surprised by the Introduction to this book. Moira’s explanation and insight into the Millennial Business Revolution is spot on. It’s clarification of this changing world and the new approach needed by today’s Entrepreneurial Businesses is essential for us all.
From there, she helps you identify the language of then ways of changing your “Debt Devil’s into “Love Angels”. Using the principles of Colours of Prosperity and the Law of Attraction to do this can only positively influence on your personal life and finances. Working through each of the colours brings AMAZING results!

Moira’s fun way of discovering our authentic ability to discover more about both ourselves and colours keeps you reading until you get your “Aha!” moment! Because life is about cycles you will want to revisit this book each time you even get close to revisiting your “Debt Devil”.
No matter whether you get this book for yourself or an loved one… whoever reads it will be far wiser than before they started. Maybe they will even commit to “Say Yes & Turn Up… No Matter What or Who Presents!

WOW Gal Moria Bush invites you to check out YOUR 2018 Colour Prediction & Pick Up Your Prosperity Book while there!!!




The Great Cosmic Mother by Barbara Mor and Monica Sjoo

In light of what has been happening throughout the world with women disclosing incidents where they have suffered due to power plays by men in authority over them this book bears reading and reviewing... It is a NEW YEAR After All!

I was first introduced to this book at the library one day.  I had been given a few statements by the angels that I couldn’t explain.  I don’t remember how this book landed in my hands and I signed it out.  After a few days I picked it up to read it and after only a few sentences I threw it down because I thought it was a man-basher.  My understanding at that time was ‘primitive’. A few days later I picked it up again and began reading in earnest.  My statements were answered.  I kept reading.  One of the questions I had asked the angels was ‘what is the cause of my suppression?’.  The book continued to answer that question.  I cried through the whole book and said ‘I just wanted to know the reason behind my suppression NOT the suppression of women for the last 25,000 years!’
WOW Pick for January 2018


It begins billions of years ago defining the root of our being to the present.  It is like a circle.  As my Mother would say ‘the beginning dictates the end’.  The microcosm is the macrocosm. The Divine Feminine is inclusive. Truth is right here.  Where you are. Why are you working so hard to get it right?  These are the experiences you are meant to have. 

The Divine Feminine is not rising right now to weaken or undermine the masculine.  She is returning to change the Masculine.  And the Masculine behaves in its way because it feels separate from the Feminine on a very deep level.  He did not want to suppress the Feminine.  He is afraid of Her power because to be open to the Feminine it felt it was losing its power resulting in His ignorance of how to love Her without being Her protector.  The Feminine responds to Him – ‘I just need you to yield your love to me.  I’m a big girl. I don’t need your protection.’ This is not a war.  This is a love affair.  Love always triumphs. She’s back. And everyone is why She is going to be observable.

Alice Walker states: “One of the most important books I’ve ever read.”  After reading this amazing book, about 25 years ago and continuing to refer to these writings, I certainly agree with Ms. Walker. The amazing writers Barbara Mor and Monica Sjoo write about Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth in a concise, elaborate, detailed way that explains our Great Mother. It is a book about women’s HerStory.

Review submitted by WOW Gal Roxsane Rysdae

 

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