This web page has been designed by your instructor, Catherine Shafer PhD. It is intended to be used as a
resource for the classes in which you are enrolled.

Please remember that I was born shortly before the turn of the 19th century, so making a web page like
this is pure magic. I used my wand.

What I am trying (quite eloquently, too, don't you think?) to say is that if this web site looks archaic, well,
that is because this is my first try!!!!! I am learning. If it works, I will likely have to celebrate in some insane
manner. Details to follow . . .

By the way, DON'T call me Ms Shafer or Mrs. Shafer or Miss Shafer (though that is always good for a sly
chuckle). Call me Cathy or Dr. Shafer.

LOOK!!! Right over there is a picture of me welcoming you to my site!! That's me. I rock.
Me, Cathy
Pages for my lovely family upon this site:
(I am working on it, toss me a freakin bone! They will all be up and running by the
time I finish doing them.)
so far:
(well, me . . . )
Nathan, the love of my life, my oldest and favorite child. (married
to                                          the beauteous Joelle)
Noah, the love of my life, 2nd born and my favorite child (married
to                                      the luscious Katie)
Seth, the love of my life, my middle baby, and my favorite
child                                               (married to the voluptuous Mary)
Nephi, the love of my life, my youngest son and oldest twin, and
my                                     favorite child (married to the adorable Brandy)
Emily, the love of my life, my only girl and my favorite child (married to
the                         stud muffin Steven)
Shaf, my husband, the love of my life, and my favorite husband
Calvin, the love of my life, and my first-born grandson
Wyatt, the love of my life, and my second grandson
Cyrus, the love of my life, and my third grandson
~Imagine A Woman~

Imagine a woman who believes it is right and good she is a woman. A woman who honors her experience and
tells her stories. Who refuses to carry the "sins" of others within her body and life.

Imagine a woman who believes she is good. A woman who trusts and respects herself. Who listens to her needs
and desires and meets them with tenderness and grace.

Imagine a woman who has acknowledged the past's influence on the present. A woman who has walked through
her past. Who has healed into the present

Imagine a woman who authors her own life. A woman who exerts, initiates, and moves on her own behalf. Who
refuses to surrender except to her truest self and to her wisest voice.

Imagine a woman who names her own gods. A woman who imagines the divine in her image and likeness. Who
designs her own spirituality and allows it to inform her daily life.

Imagine a woman in love with her own body. A woman who believes her body is enough, just as it is. Who
celebrates her body and its rhythms and cycles as an exquisite resource.

Imagine a woman who honors the face of the Goddess in her changing face. A woman who celebrates the
accumulation of her years and her wisdom. Who refuses to use her precious life energy disguising the changes
in her body and life.

Imagine a woman who values the women in her life. A woman who sits in circles of women. Who is reminded of
the truth about herself when she forgets.

~ Imagine yourself as this woman~ A woman who always stands strong in her Powers~ A woman who has
courage to speak her truth~ A woman who has strength to face her fears~ A woman who knows her values of
life~ A woman who walks her earth walk~ in the explandance of her true God Reality~ Imagine this woman as

"Our planet is in desperate need of women who love themselves. Women who use their time, energy, and
resources to design life-affirming solutions for the challenges confronting humankind. Women who give birth to
images of inclusion, poems of truth, rituals of healing, experiences of transformation, relationships of equality,
strategies of peace, institutions of justice, and households of compassion."

~Patricia Lynn Reilly