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Lesbians Over Age Fifty (LOAF) meets the third
Sunday of each month, from 2:00 to 4:00pm at the
Houston Mission Church. The mailing address is POB
98601 Houston, TX 77098. For info, call 661-1482.
Women with Life Challenging Illnesses meets on the
third Wednesday of the month, 7:00-8:30pm. For info,
call Marion at 667-8735 or Leila at 728-1914.
NOW Lecture Series: Interfaith Ministries, 3217
Montrose at Lovett. Fighting for Fairness I: Hducation
of Girls & Young Women presented by Darah S.
Headley, Lsq. and Hannah Riddenng, Vice President
Action, Texas NOW will discuss the impact of Title IX
on the education received by girls and young women in
elementary, junior high and high school. Registration
and social 6:30-7pm. followed by Lecture and
questions 7-8:30pm. No admission/donations
appreciated. For info on NOW, call 665-8669.
Nicole Conn Booksigning at Crossroads 7pm
LiB (Lesbians in Business), a woman's empowerment
group will host a special presentation for Coming Out
Month, titled "Ann Northrup: from Debutante to
Defendant, The Making of a Lesbian Activist" Guest
speaker, Ann Northrup abandoned her career as a
journalist to become an educator on AIDS and lesbian
and gay issues. 7:00pm at Heinen Theater, 3517 Austin
Street off of Holman at Houston Community College
Central Campus. $10 in advance, $12 at the door For
info, call 529-0077.
Activ ism Workshop with Ann Northrup 10:00am -
noon at the Innova Building one block south of
Richmond between Weslayan and Buffalo Speedway
(on Cummins between Portsmouth and Norfolk). $10
(groups of 10 or more receive a discount admission $5
each), for info, call 529-0077.
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Women's Croup Ruby Matthews, owner of new
women's club, Club Attitude at 2915 Main is the guest
speaker 3:30 p.m. Central Congregational Church,
13111 lolman. For info, call Ins at 529-8571.
Cancer Support Group meets on the 2nd and 4th
Monday at the Montrose Counseling Center 6:30-
8:00pm. For info, call Virginia at 681 -1309.
The Agora, monthly meeting, 7:30p.m. AIDS
Foundation Houston, 3202 Weslavan, 729-4267.
Urvashi Vaid Booksigning at Crossroads 7pm
Women's Network - Grow Through Exploring
Your Inner Child. Dr. Joyce Gayles will guide you
through meeting or deepening your inner child. "When
we consciously access our child parts, without fear, our
lives become more joyful, creative and inspired." Dr.
Joyce Gayles is a clinical psychologist who specializes
in life transsition and growth issues. The Women's
Network meets on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 7-9pm at
the Montrose Counseling Center, 701 Richmond.
Room 15. For info, call 529-0037. A donation of $3-
$5 per meeting is requested.
Houston Women's Festival - see article in this issue
or call Active Imaginations at 973-1131. Festival
begins at noon followed by a conceit at 5:30pm. Full
festival tickets are available at Inklings Bookshop and
Crossroads Market, $ 12 in advance and $ 15 at the
LiB (Lesbians in Business) Halloween Costume
Dance at the Magnolia Ballroom. Tickets are $12 in
advance and $ 15 at the door. Emcee is Count Dykula.
Women only. For info, call 529-0077.
Daylight Savings Time
Women's Group will discuss the reality of Lesbian
battering at 3:30pm. Presented by Karena Valkerera
and councelors trained with the PIVOT program.
Central Congregation Church, 1311 Holman.
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Peacemaker Enterprise - Hitaji Aziz - The Journey of a Spirit-Led Business
Finally, I had a major crisis in my like that forced me to reevaluate my whole attitude about my life and my relationships with my
external environment. I found myself in a place faced with losing
everything that I had. I had no money, no job, no food and no way to
pay rent or utilities. I still had three children, medical needs, an
apartment to maintain and places to go. I was physically and
emotionally sick. I was everything that I didn't want to be. I was my
worse nightmare. I was forced to seriously look at how I was living my
life. I had to tell myself the truth that I was not in balance. During this
time I found a temporary job that soon played out or might I say they
never called me back. I was still scared and knew that Help from
friends could only last so long. My back was up against a wall with no
where to go but up or down. The choice was up to me. I chose to suit
up and act like I really had a business, like I really wanted to be well
and that Spirit would be the monitor of my life.
The only thing left for me was to find a belief system that
did not rely on people, places or things. That belief system had been
coming to me over the years but I had never taken time to make it a
priority in my life. I was a caretaker and did not have the faintest ideas
of what self priority was all about. My dedication to community
building had no focus or spiritual self investment.
My first priority was to recognize that for me only a higher
power could confirm the path of my business. I had to get serious
about it and go beyond just believing and learn how to act like I
believed in a higher power. I had to tell myself the truth. I had no
background in the technical running of a business. I prayed and started
to have the right information and people come into my life. I had no
experience in Spirit led businesses. I started to study, read and network
with other people who wanted to work from a Spirit led foundation.
lyanla Vansant, author of The Value of the Valley,
Meditations for People of Color, and Tapping the
Power From Within, was that woman helped me make sense of
it all. I was given a tape with her speaking about a Spirit led life a year
before I met her. Later, I would have a chance to interview her at KPFT
90.1 FM. She counseled me over the phone and wrote me a long letter
that I still study. Her books and tapes became tools that I used to get
in touch with my own unique creativity. I was on my way.
Marianne Williamson, author of A Woman's Worth,
A Return to Love and her newest book l/tuminataczm into
my life and validated my experiences and needs. Her work put the icing
right on the cake and my whole being screamed YES!!!! I also started to
read and listen to tapes of a Course in Miracles.
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I set up a prayer ritual where I would consciously give this
business and the day to the Spirit. I went to therapy to figure out more
about my victim patterns and why it was so hard to self actualize my
dreams. I started seeing a Reiki master and experienced body massage
for my physical self. I got real with my 12-step community. I needed
people who would tell me the truth and I knew I would find them
there. I sought spiritual counseling from various directions. I stopped
listening to what other people said and thought about what I was
doing and started listening to my Inner Voice for the directions for my
life. I cried a lot and talked about the terror. I honored my dreams. I
eventually started going into a convent for three day silent retreats, so
I could learn what stillness and silence was all about. As I spent less
time with people and started to scrutinize who I associated with, I
created my own spiritual ritual. I became more clear on what my
business was all about. I was starting to feel a peace that I had never
felt before. Things were starting to make more sense. I had passion
without the terror always hovering nearby.
Peacemaker Enterprises is a business that relates
and works with the human condition. It consults and trains people on
how to manage diversity within their organizations, institutions and
corporations. We plan and customize small and large workshops,
support groups, retreats and seminars supporting people to learn how
to create healthier environments and better relationship across
difference. We also create motivational presentations for all kinds of
different folks and ages. We assist individuals and groups with the
visions of their own lives and coach them into their own happiness and
respect for their own personal goals. We work with all the isms related
to oppression, abuse and addictions. We use cultural platforms, poetry,
music and story-telling to get the message across. We realize different
populations have their own unique languages and we strive to respect
that. Peacemaker Enterprise is interested in the transformation of the
homeless as well as the state of emotional health for the corporate
Peacemaker will begin an ongoing 12 Step Women's
Support Group for addictions, grief work, healing and empowerment
for women with at least a year of sobriety. The group will meet from
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month starting
on October 14.
For more information on Peacemaker Enterprise,
special projects and support groups, please call 713-293-8653.