The Artemis Arrow offers news, political commentary, reflections on spirituality, poetry, humor, editorials... written almost entirely by women about subjects that affect women. In addition, each issue focuses on one or two themes that we explore throughout the pages with special interest articles and vignettes. Our next paper will feature labyrinths and walking meditations. Our last issue focused in large part on the recent clinic defense here in Wichita from "Operation Save America" kooks.
The Artemis Arrow is published and distributed in the Wichita, Kansas region and to subscribers nationwide.
Some of our regular contributors include Dr. Carol Wolfe Konek, "Thinking Globally, Acting Locally"; Gloria Vermie, RN and MPH candidate, "Women's Health Matters"; Jennifer Heinicke (aka Francine DuBois) often writes about pop culture, media and offers a Gen-X perspective; Katharina Woodworth is an artist and author who writes about the feminine in mythology and fairytales; andDelphine Smith, editor of a local Buddhist newsletter and president of the congregation at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, writes "Count Me Present," a column that focuses on the sacredness of the moment. Artemis Arrow co-creative forces Vickie Stangl and Melanie Jenney also write (or rant!) about whatever is currently pushing them over the edge. Vickie usually includes a biography on an important woman figure (our version of Women's History 101!) and, in her column "View From My Window," she takes on any Goliath with the temerity to impugn or ignore women.
We've selected the goddess Artemis as our archetype because of her strong qualities. Artemis the Huntress (later known as Diana) was capable, daring, competitive, confident and independent. She was fierce in defending wild animals and other women (especially those giving birth) and their young.
As the twin sister of Apollo, god of the sun, Artemis takes on the aspects of the moon... celebrating the joy of life in the waxing phase of the lunar cycle.
Artemis used an arrow in her role as huntress to the gods, but the image of an arrow also communicates a message that is direct, fleet and "to the point" — qualities reflected in our newspaper, The Artemis Arrow.
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