February 2004

From: "Loretta_Qwarnström

To: almalopez@earthlink.net

Subject: Our Lady

Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2004 10:28:05 +0100

Dear Ms. Lopez,   My name is Loretta Qwarnström and I teach English at the Univerity college of Dalarna in Sweden. I am at present writing a thesis on the Virgin Mary, through the eyes of contemporary Irish women poets. These poets as yourself are determined to create different stories about many Catholic and Celtic Icons in order to present these women in a more sexual, strong light. I was very excited to read about the chaos that ensued amongst the Catholic community when presented with your picture of the Virgin Mary and was wondering if I could use your painting in a forthcoming reading of my work. I have tried to find a suitable copy of Our Lady on the net, but have not been successful so far. If it wouldn't be too much trouble for you I was wondering if you could send me a digital copy.   I just want you to know that your artwork provides inspiration for all Catholic women who are determined to shake off the assexual, self-sacrificing image of the perfect woman!    

Best wishes   Loretta

Loretta Qwarnström English Department Högskolan Dalarna


Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2004 09:56:27 -0800 (PST)

From: Thomas Contender

Subject: Blessings

To: alma310@sbcglobal.net

Blessings Alma,    Your art work is wonderful although Im quite hesitant to show it to some people I believe should see it. Im an African american who was once married to a Mexican female and we have a child together. I was recently dating a Chicana female and although we broke up we still talk. I was once a member of the Masons and I have studied african/egyptian/aztec history for many years now. I worship the Goddess and serve her children. I have liberated many women to an understanding of the oppression men have placed on them over the years, but have noticed that it is only mostly white women who will listen. Many women of color are so blinded by traditional values that even in the light of proof and facts they still hold on to the image place upon them by men. For a long time I never knew what kind of woman I wanted until I met a liberated woman, women who are strong and can stand up for themselves, fight for what is right, become educated even if its only reading a few books. I was ex-communicated from the Masons when I taught the Female in our lodge some of the secret agenda's behind mainstream religions, but I feel relationships between men and women will never be balanced until we are all enlightened and self aware. I want to talk to my ex-wife and my ex-girl about some of these things, but I dont know if they will hear me. But regargless if they do or not, my son will be raised to repect women and to have an understanding of their truest nature.

Blessed Be Well,