Find Your Space: Discover Margaret Fuller and true happiness

Gale Ketteler

By Gale Ketteler
Womanspace Program Coordinator & Marketing Specialist

Who was Margaret Fuller? Come discover what was left out of the history books at this live event honoring the mother of our women’s movement.

Womanspace presents Men, Women & Margaret Fuller, a one-woman play written and performed by New York City actress Laurie James Wednesday, March 28, at Rockford College. The public is encouraged to attend this Women’s History Month benefit for Womanspace with tickets at and the Box Office at Rockford College.

Lost in a shipwreck in 1850 at age 40, Margaret Fuller was the “smart one,” according to classmate Oliver Wendell Holmes. A true world celebrity, her groundbreaking book, Woman in the Nineteenth Century, influenced thousands, including Susan B. Anthony, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau. In Summer on the Lakes, in 1843, she chronicled her pioneering trip around the Great Lakes, plus here to northern Illinois and the Rock River. This event is sponsored by David Boccignone-Ameriprise Financial, Keeling-Puri Peace Plaza, Rockford College, and Rockford Register Star.

As for how to be truly happy, you have to come to our Happy for No Reason Spring Luncheon with author Marci Shimoff April 14. Shimoff, co-author of six Chicken Soup for the Soul books, is one of the bestselling female nonfiction authors of all time. She’ll share simple steps, so no matter what life throws at you, you’ll have cultivated habits that raise your happiness set point and allow you to live a life full of gratitude, forgiveness, health and happiness! To get up close and personal with Marci, get your tickets now for the VIP Reception April 13. This special fund-raising event is sponsored by Leadership Communication, Northern Illinois Vein Clinic, BMO Harris Bank, Jerome S. Weiskopf, M.D., Step Into Weight Loss, The Women’s Center at Rockford Health System, David Boccignone-Ameriprise, Keeling-Puri Peace Plaza, Kelly Epperson at Joy Beyond Your Dreams, Colorlab Custom Cosmetics, 23 WIFR, B103 and 100.5 NTA FM.

Laurie James as Margaret Fuller

Spring Equinox is March 20, and we mark the day with two special Labyrinth Celebrations at noon and 6:30 p.m. March 21 is a Lunch and Learn about CASA-Court Appointed Special Advocates, sponsored by Sandra J. Slaga, Attorney at Law. Bring your lunch and learn more about this award-winning program. Then, April 4, we are privileged to visit the Prashar Family Shrine here in Rockford. Singers of all abilities can join Womansong Chorale with director Roberta Flaherty starting March 22!

Spend March 17 exploring your archetypes and creating a Sacred Contract with Mandalas, as inspired by Judith Cornell and Caroline Myss. No artistic experience is required, plus anyone can play with oil or acrylic paint at an Art Sampler March 24 for the artistically timid age 9 to 90. This is perfect for parents (or grandparents) and kids to have fun together! Creativity coach Chris Dunmire entices kids with more fun at Amusing Muses March 31. Then, creative spirits of all sorts will thrive Traveling The Artists’ Way, starting April 5 with Sue Gilbert Abare. Please join us!

Womanspace is at 3333 Maria Linden Drive, Rockford.

From the March 14-20, 2012, issue

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