Blessed are these Hands – Holding the Sacred

Susan Kullmann is a born-and-bred New Yorker. She earned her Bachelor’s and  Masters degrees from the State University of New York at Stony Brook,  and a doctorate in history from Carnegie Mellon University. Her dissertation focused on women’s role in the quest for justice in  United States history.

Susan Kullmann and her partner Marvelle Thompson collaborated on the book Blessed Are These Hands, where they asked each woman to let them photograph her hands holding something she considers “sacred, holy, an outward representation of her deepest self.”  Blessed Are These Hands shows photographs and tells stories of these women holding something that represents her deepest values. The book highlights women’s sense of the sacred and chronicles the breadth of women’s spirituality today.

Susan Kullmann sees Blessed Are These Hands as an historical document as well as art, a record of early 21st-century women’s spiritual values. and the book allows Susan to blend her appreciation of photography and light with her ardent interest in the historical and contemporary meaning of women’s lives.

“Blessed Are These Hands combines my appreciation of capturing an instant with a photograph and computer expertise with a long-term professional and personal interest in the history and contemporary meaning of women’s lives. I have enjoyed working with photographic images for most of my adult life, from black and white darkroom work to elaborate slide programs for high school and college students to extensive online web albums for academic programs, history lectures, vacations and reunions, even my son’s wedding.

In most cases, my photos spoke for themselves, sometimes given more meaning by accompanying lectures, music, or text on a website. The subjects of Blessed Are These Hands comments about their “portrait” accompany the images, which personalizes and enhances each picture. Their remarks are as varied as what they hold in their hands. As a whole, the collection suggests the depth and range of women’s spirituality in the early 21st century.”

Blessed Are These Hands fulfills a vow to honor women in a creative way: with portraits of women’s hands holding something that represents their deepest values. Featuring Jean Shinoda Bolen, Z Budapest, Pat Fish, Ava Park, Diana Paxson, Susun Weed, and 55 other extraordinary women, the book illustrates women’s spiritual views and practices that center on nature, art, work, hobbies, family bonds, as well as religion.

Currently, Susan is managing director of DoctorGeek, a web development, computer training and consulting firm. Her career includes positions at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona as Director of the Faculty Computing Support Center and instructor of online, hybrid, and traditional courses; at Claremont McKenna College as an educational technologist; and at California State University, Long Beach as a history and women’s studies instructor.

Kullmann gives people the confidence and knowledge they need to make the leap into the world of modern technology. At California State Polytechnic University Pomona, Susan developed an extensive academic technology support program for faculty. She also has taught history and women’s studies there, and at California State University at Long Beach. She is a member of the Organization of American Historians and the Western Association of Women Historians.
Susan Kullmann is a Professional member of Women in Photography International. Her family has always valued photographs; in fact, family photos from the 19th century line her hallways. She first started shooting with a Brownie camera in elementary school. She’s gone through many cameras since.

Susun Weed, guest host at WomensRadio is the author of the acclaimed best seller Wise Woman Herbal Series. Her health books for women offer Wise Woman approaches to common women’s ailments including menopause, childbearing, fertility, cancer prevention and treatment, breast health, and reproductive health. Susun Weed offers women safe and easy solutions to common problems, visit her at for 3000 pages of Wise Woman wisdom and wit.

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About Susun Weed

Susun Weed began studying herbal medicine in 1965 and wrote her first book Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year in 1985. In addition to her writing, Ms. Weed trains apprentices, oversees the work of more than 300 correspondence course students, coordinates the activities of The Wise Woman Center, and is a High Priestess of Dianic Wicca, a member of the Sisterhood of the Shields, and a Peace Elder.

Susun is one of America’s best-known authorities on herbal medicine and natural approaches to women’s health. Her four best-selling books are recommended by expert herbalists and well-known physicians and are used and cherished by millions of women around the world.

Susun is also the Host of Wise Woman Way on WomensRadio. Wise Woman Wayoffers interviews and commentary on health and well-being.

To learn more, visit her websites The Wise Woman Center and Ash Tree Publishing or email Susun Weed by clicking HERE.