Her Times salutes women’s history month — our journeys

   March 3, 2013 5:23 am    0

 

Her TimesFrom the time of Eve in the Garden of Eden, women have made history. Closer to home, my mother, Arlene Menold Strosser and my grandmother, Bonita Jennings Strosser are my history. My Methodist mother disobeyed her family’s religious rules (which seem archaic but date back to the 1930s) when she dated and married my dad, a Catholic. My grandmother and her family came over on a boat from Ireland in the 1800s.

We have all made journeys, and our March issue of Her Times is dedicated to women and their journeys — starting with Susan McChesney who shares a very difficult journey to sobriety — an important read for all women. Read her story here.

Here’s a link to the extraordinary people who shared their journeys with us in Her Times. And here are some more inspiring tales — accumulated when I asked folks on Facebook to tell us about their journeys. I know all these women personally — and terrific Doug Stratton — thanks for sharing everyone.

  • Laura Alexis The most important journey I’ve ever taken was to Australia. It was the scariest yet the most rewarding experience I will probably ever embark on. I scuba dived the Great Barrier Reef – Me the girl who hates when she cant touch the bottom of the pool. I’ve always been terrified of being submerged in water since a tot. I swam under a waterfall by myself not knowing what was on the other side. I slept in the grass in the middle of nowhere in fear of wild dingos. I saw the solar eclipse as I turned 25, I sang with a rock band in Airlie Beach and had Australians asking for my autograph. Yes, I have to say this journey is one that promoted self growth,overcoming fears, shooting for the stars (which were plentiful) and by far will probably be the best experience in my young adult life.
  • Linda Klemm I know it sounds strange, but helping my brother die at home and at peace after a 6 year battle with AIDS.
  • Lydia Strayer Haynor Linda I don’t think that’s strange at all!! Mine would be looking back at all the wonderful memories my 94-year-old dad gave me, all the lessons in life he taught me! I’m sure there must have been some bad times. I just don’t remember any! It was and is a journey of a lifetime!
    Doug Stratton I know as a guy this probably isn’t what you’re looking for, but 18 years ago I decided to help a relative whose dad abandoned him when he was six months old. I began getting him into Jr. Olympic and Keystone Games track & field. He eventually earned two medals at the PA State Championships, and I began coaching his high school team. I did it to help him, but I have since been part of McDowell High School winning five team state championships, and numerous unbelievable champion athletes and their accomplishments. Today, I am an assistant at Penn State Behrend and marvel that what was once simply lending a helping hand to  has changed my life so much.
    Vicki S Varanelli Saska My journey to become a mother…through infertility, adoption and a never-expected, later in life twin pregnancy….the road to my 3 girls was long and winding and worth every moment!!!
  • Alison Tarbell Irwin My journey through my 30’s. I had my son at 30, traumatic divorce at 32, stage III breast cancer at 35, hysterectomy at 36, breast reconstruction at 37. I just turned 38 in January. I’m actually looking forward to my 40s!
    Whether your inspiration is your mom, grandmother, a saint like Joan of Arc or a Native American trailblazer like Sacagawea — it is time to salute women. It’s Her Times for March.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

 

 

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