A MONTH in the LIFE
of the WAND
diary of experiences & observations by Sue
The WAND (Womynspace Activities/ Networking
Directory) is produced monthly through a
intricate balance of ritual and happenstance.
When I first became a volunteer at the paste-up
session, it seemed like a miracle that things fell
togeilAer and by 10:30pm or so, we had a
publication ready to go to the printer. A year
later, I take the process a little bit for granted,
but I still take delight in seeing what the issue
looks like when it gets back from the printer.
I am going to describe the WAND ritual; only
the Goddess could describe the happenstance, so
you will have to come to a paste-up yourself to
hear tales of the unexpected as they develop.
The cycle begins:
1. Mail is checked at the post office box weekly.
New subscribers and address change updates are
added to the mailing list. Items are re-typed in 3
inch columns for the calendar as announcements
2. Advertisers provide the lioness's share of
financial support for the WAND. Advertisers are
billed in quarterly mailings. At one point in the
herstory of Womynspace, volunteers were paid a
commision for new advertisers, but that practice
has been discontinued.Womynspace is now a
100% volunteer organization. The financial goal
is that the WAND and Womynspace dances and
retreats pay for themselves. Accounting-wise,
we prepare a financial statement quarterly and
file a tax return.
3. The weekend before the paste-up activity
intensifies. If we did not decide on a cover at the
last paste-up, we will call each other to
brainstorm a front cover for the upcoming issue.
We check the bulletin boards at Inkling
Bookshop, KPFT and the Unitarian Church for
calendar events and listen to the calendar on
Breakthrough. The calendar is semi-finalized the
night before the paste-up, but there are always
last minute additions. Address labels are printed
for the members, subscribers and advertisers.
4. On the day of the paste-up, we gather all our
paste-up boards, printouts, diskettes, faxes, mail,
and recordingkeeping paraphenalia and descend
on our paste-up hostesses' home at 5:30pm. The
post office box is checked for last minute mail.
Recently, we have had dinner before we started
working, so the food preparation also had to be
6. The paste-up begins. This is the first time we
have all assembled together. The mail is sorted
and checks are recorded and deposited. I have no
idea how the deposits are made; there must be a
bank fairy. I have seen checks written to pay the
printer and other bills, so I know there is money
in the bank.
7. First time volunteers are welcomed and
lovingly questioned to glean their skills and
interests. We are always looking for artists,
writers and womyn with an eye for the
8. The paste-up boards are spread out on the
table and the old articles are stripped off. New
advertisements are added. The calendar is laid
out. We cut and paste, cutting out art from
flyers and/or reducing flyers to fit in the space
available. Articles fill in the remaining space and
the new "Dykes to Watch Out For" cartoon by
Alison Bechdel is pasted down. The front cover is
added and we have a completed issue.
9. The address labels and stamps are given to
the woman doing the WAND mailout. The
paste-up boards are taken to the printer and the
boards and the newly printed WAND issues are
picked up later in the week. Copies are delivered
to the mailout woman, Inklings Bookshop, the
Unitarian Church, the Ranch, Bacchus,
Charlie's Restarant and other locations. Readers
get their copy of the WAND in the mail by the
first of the month or they pick up a copy at one
of our distribution points.
10. At this point, hopefully we all got our strokes
and still like each other and money is coming in
for memberships, subscribtions and advertisements. If you would like to get involved in
producing the WAND, call Kathy at 664-7438.
Many womyn have helped create the WAND over
the years. The WAND in 1991 is a distillation of
all the energy, ideas and creativity of the womyn
who have helped keep this community
newsletter alive and healthy .
THE TRAGER® APPROACH
A New Way to Relax!
We've passed the test
the trial by firef
In and out of disturbing times.
We have survived,
not been consumed,
to see the other side.
We've held our own
against the odds,
challenged the unknown.
Perhaps it's Karma
or other ties before
that held us in this bond
and made us what we are.
We have long been friends
and life has made us strong
but now we are sisters
together, we belong.
We are now family
for the rest of this lifetime
and, perhaps, for eternity.
What could be lighter? How about the
way you move your body? Whether we are
athletes or couch potatoes, we are constantly
moving our bodies unless we are sleeping. HOW
we move our bodies is what TRAGER is all
The TRAGER Approach is a system of
gentle, non-intrusive movements developed by
Milton Trager, M.D. which facilitates deep
relaxation, increased physical mobility, and
mental clarity. Through one or more sessions,
you can experience (with enjoyment) the release
of deep-seated physical or mental restrictions.
What kind of restrictions? Many, some you
don't even know you have.
Your body is as much a "memory book" of
your life as your mind. The body hums along
doing its thing until some type of trauma or
undue stress causes an injury. Immediately, the
body compensates for the injury as a way of
protection and survival. Whether the trauma
was a fall from a tree, a car accident, continual
emotional stress, a long illness, or physical abuse
doesn't matter. The body remembers how to
protect itself from that trauma from then on.
This memory becomes a "holding pattern".
We unconsciously collect holding patterns
from the time we are born. With each new
trauma, another holding pattern is imprinted on
the subconscious mind. In other words, it
doesn't matter whether the sky is falling or not;
if my body THINKS it is falling, the reaction is
the same. Pretty soon, even something as simple
as walking can be limited by these learned
patterns. Just as these patterns are
subconsciously learned, they can be unlearned.
The gentle movements of TRAGER Approach is
indeed such a way.
A single TRAGER session lasts 1 to 11/2
hours. No oils or lotions are used. As you lie
comfortably on a cushioned table, the TRAGER
Practitioner moves you gently and rhythniically,
with no undue force or pressure. Clients actually
experience the possibility of being able to move
that freely, effortlessly and gracefully on their
own. Most TRAGER sessions will include some
Mentastics, a system of effortless movement
sequences which you can do on your own, which
can sustain and enhance the benefits of the table
As a result of only a few TRAGER
sessions, clients have described a new sense of
well being. Other changes have included new
feelings of freedom and youth, higher levels of
energy and vitality, effortless carriage, renewed
capacity to relax and profound inner peace. '
These benefits have been reported by the
severely disabled as well as the physically fit.
The positive effects of TRAGER sessions
can be cumulative. These effects may penetrate
below the level of conscious awareness, and
therefore, can continue to produce results even
after your session. In order to receive the most
benefit, a series of sessions is recommended.
The more you experience TRAGER, the more
your body remembers and integrates the effects.
Certified TRAGER Practitioner
Written for Sandy and Molly
July 1 , 1991 / L^p**^'