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BreakAway Arts presents Dawn Morningstar Feb. 9

Dawn Morningstar, the author of "Venerable Women: Transform Ourselves, Transform the World," will be at BreakAway Arts and Cafe, 111 E. Third St., from 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 9. There will be a social hour from 6-7 p.m. and a presentation from 7-8:30 p.m.

"I really want people to walk about with a sense of hope that things can be better, not just for them but for the entire world, and that they play an important role in that," Morningstar said of her presentation.

Morningstar is traveling around the country doing 50 talks in 50 weeks to share a message of hope and transformation in the world. She will share three of the 12 Venerable Attitudes and do a reading from her new book.

Morningstar's book was inspired by a statement that she heard the Dalai Lama make at the 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit. His statement, "The world will be saved by the western woman," resonated with Morningstar. She said she discusses this inspiration for writing the book in the first part of it.

The second portion of her book defines the problems that women have had historically where women do amazing things, but don't necessarily receive the deserved recognition. One example is Jackie Mitchell, a girl pitcher who struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in 1931. It was reported that her baseball contract was voided after striking the men out, on the grounds that baseball was too strenuous for women.

The last part of the book revolves around the Venerable Attitudes or the V-attitudes. The V-attitudes are 12 ways that women are already designed to live extraordinary lives and to transform the world. The book explains each V-attitude and ways to empower oneself.

Morningstar said both men and women are encouraged to attend her presentation. Anyone who wants to take a fresh look at their lives and the relationships they have, should consider attending, she said.

Morningstar will be signing books during the social hour prior to her presentation. If anyone wants to read her book before the event, they can buy it on Amazon.

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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