Whether it's because of Hillary Clinton's candidacy, or because I recently saw 'Wicked', possibly both, I've been thinking a lot about women and power. Not so much about the 'why's' and 'what it looks like' which Psyche's 2nd task addresses. But rather, what do we as women do, when we have power as did Glinda the Good, and Leah's sister Rachel? For as we learn from 'The Lord of the Rings', the Ring itself epitomizing power, no matter how much we may desire to do good, once we have the power to do good, this power can corrupt us. For example, do you remember when Frodo, encouraged by Lady Galadriel's goodness and wisdom, offers her the Ring? She wants to accept it, oh, how she wants to, saying:
It's been nearly three years since my friend Vanessa introduced me to the musical Wicked, a prequel to The Wizard of Oz about two young witches, Elphaba and Glinda, who came to be the Wicked Witch of the West, and The Good Witch of the North, respectively. I finally saw it last month. It was well worth the wait. There is so much I could say, but here are the highlights, including a special YouTube treat:
My daughter MIranda turns 7 years-old today. When I look at this photo of her, I can't help but thank heaven for little girls. For when I observe Miranda, and most young girls (remember Connie Talbot), I feel as if I'm watching Rachel.
Pop Quiz: What percentage of dance students throughout the world are girls? I'm going to guess 9 out of 10, or 90%. When the reality TV show So You Think You Can Dance held a workshop to train dance teachers from inner-city schools, how many of the attendees were women? I'm estimating 7 out of 10, or 70%. How many of the choreographers this season were women? Roughly 4 out of 19, about 20%. Of the eight choreographers invited to choose their favorite dance, how many were women? 1 in 8, or 12.5%. Which of the dances did the judges regard as the most heartfelt and moving? A dance choreographed by one of the women, Mia Michaels. Some of you may say, Wake up Whitney, it's a man's world...