“What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? / The world would split open.”
Poet Muriel Rukeyser

Friday, August 31, 2012

RevGals Friday Five: Characters for a Day

Mary Beth, over at RevGals wonders what five characters we might like to be for a day. They can be any character from a book, play, movie, cartoon, or comic book. And, for bonus points, we can say why.

YIKES! I am rushed this morning, as I am most mornings these days. Today we are heading out to celebrate our daughter's 24th birthday and have a little family time for the Labor Day weekend. This is something we don't do much of as a family anymore. I'll make a quick effort to play:

1. Sr. Joan Chittister - I have read a number of her books and I'd love to be in her head for a day. She is fascinating - intelligent, thoughtful, brave, strong, articulate. She is an amazing woman of faith crossing the paradigm of 20th century and 21st century Church - which are very different paradigms.

2. Hildegard von Bingen - this woman of the Church lived in the 12th century. She was a poet, musician, mystic, healer, a leader of a woman's convent, served as a counselor to Popes and Kings. Would be interesting, perhaps startling to be inside her head for a day.

3. Brigid - she lived in the 5th century and paved a relationship between Christianity and the paganism of ancient Celtic spirituality. She was a poet, healer, and leader in the Church. She founded (and lead) two monasteries - one for men and one for women. She is associated with "holy wells" for water and with fire. Being part Irish, I'd love to be her for a day, embracing part of my heritage.

Okay - so far I have chosen real women, not characters...although each of the women are characters! Strong, interesting, dynamic, movers and shakers in their own time.

4. Maise Dobbs: I am reading this "turn of the century" (20th century that is, since the story begins before World War I) murder mystery series. Maisie is a fascinating character and I really appreciate that the author is always interested in reconciliation between the characters and portrays Maisie as the psychologist/detective who paves the way for reconciliation. I love that Maisie always strives to be open to possibility, does not jump to conclusions, and sees into all sides of the people she is working for and with - she sees people as multi-dimensional - their strengths and their woundedness.

5. China Bayles: this murder mystery detective character also owns a tea shop and is an expert on herbs. I've enjoyed reading this series too. I like following the author on Facebook -  Susan Wittig Albert. I have an interest in herbs, but not the knowledge and expertise of China/Susan. And, it seems like it would be fun to own an herb and tea shop for a day.