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Letter to my Fellow VOF Correspondents

MUJERES!! (Women!)

First of all, I hope that you are each doing well! Congratulations on getting through Module 2!

I have to tell you that while this Module could have been perhaps the easiest for me to get through, every "glitch' possible, has touched my life over the last month. My computer was infected and I was unable to access my original essay, forcing me to re-write. It goes without saying that this was not my best work.

Finding the time to write again after having invested so much time, was hard. My 19 month old son has been sick (just a "normal" winter cold with a little edge), while my work schedule has kept me going later than usual. We have very few people with whom we can leave our son, so he either with Mama and Dada, or Grandma, and this time around, we had to manage on our own.

All I can say, is I survived. Perhaps when this is all over, I will come back to Module 2 and sit with it, edit or re-write and make it the piece I want it to be. For now, I have had to let go of my inner perfectionist and just be still.

Beyond venting, let me just say that each you is a QUEEN! I know that we all have our struggles and challenges, so kudos to you! Stay strong, mujeres!

In the words of Dora La Exploradora (one of the only cartoons my son is allowed to watch on occasion), "we did it, we did it! Lo hicimos, lo hicimos!" :-)


Looking forward to reading all of your work. I truly enjoy your writing and getting a glimpse into your corners of the world.

Peace & Light!
(Dora fades out in the background.... :)

Here's a Link to the Song:


noreens's picture

Your article is good, Malba.

Your article is good, Malba. One thing I learned while writing is - do not look back. Once an article is printed, that's it, let it go, and start on something else. I am a perfectionist too, and after I submit an article I always wonder why I didn't use different wording, or add something else. Don't give it a second thought - you did a good job .........on to Module 3!!!!

Here, Dora speaks Arabic!!

Nehjahna (we succeeded!!)


malba66's picture

Noreen, Nehjahna! :) Thanks

Nehjahna! :)
Thanks sis!

Valéria Barbosa da Silva's picture

Decision of love

Dear Malba we are building a path and this path we sometimes have to change the roads and meet other conditions. We are strong women and mothers and workers and do our best to chelate moment in our history.
Your child's health better? He has a wonderful mother and we have a partner that uses "love your neighbor as yourself."
Congratulations on your decision of love.

malba66's picture

Obrigada Valeria! Meu

Obrigada Valeria! Meu filhomeu filho já está melhor :)
Eu vi a seu blog, "fé ancestral". Gostei muito.
Take care!!!

amiesissoho's picture

This ability to overcome

This ability to overcome challenges is what makes us strong. stay strong and move on.


malba66's picture

Thank women.. Heads up that I

Thank women.. Heads up that I moved on a while ago... probably once I posted and externalized my anxiety :)
Thought the Dora song was funny, though.
All is well...

Celine's picture

Dear Malba, If our ability to

Dear Malba,

If our ability to overcome challenges is test of our strength, I am saying that you are a strong woman, as well as all of us as we overcome one challenge or the other everyday.
Keep up and move on!


Okeny-Lucia's picture

You are wonderful

Hello Mari,
No need to look back.That is you I read about! I do hope your child gets better.I would love to view New York one day! I see it on CNN and I always wonder! Ahahahahah
Good day dear

Lucia Buyanza
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