Lady Bios

  • Nancy Rainwater [ united-states ]

    NanNancy Rainwatercy Rainwater was an Educator and now a life coach and jewelry designer of over 500 original pieces.

    Rainwater Designs was born in December 2006 with the twelve Sun Sign Bracelets. This was an exciting but intimidating step for us, going public with our ideas, designs, and products!

    To “create with intent” means to go beyond simply making a product that is pretty or useful. It means that specific thought and energy have been applied in its creation. The many elements, seen and unseen, have been considered and chosen specifically. Some of the elements on the visual plane could be color, size, and shape, while some of the unseen elements might be the chemical makeup of the gemstone, its healing properties, its vibration or energy, and the combination of stones in general.

    We chose “creating with intent” as our tagline and website address because it has great meaning for us. Each and every item that we hand make is created with the specific intent of wholeness and abundance for the wearer. We hope that you will feel the powerful energy of that intent as you use and wear our products.

  • Nikki Giovanni [ united-states ]

    Nikki Giovanni Yolande Cornelia Nikki Giovanni Jr. (born 1943) is a writer, commentator, activist, and educator. One of the world’s most well-known African American poets work includes poetry anthologies, poetry recordings, and nonfiction essays, and covers topics ranging from race and social issues to children’s literature. Nikki has won numerous awards, including the Langston Hughes Medal, the NAACP Image Award, and has been nominated for a Grammy Award,for her Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection.  Additionally, she has recently been named as one of Oprah Winfrey's twenty- five “Living Legends. Nikki Giovanni gained initial fame in the late 1960s as one of the foremost authors of the Black Arts Movement. Influenced by the civil rights and Black Power movements of the period, her early work provides a strong, militant African- American perspective which led her  to be dubed the “Poet of the Black Revolution. Learn more about Nikki and her life’s work on her website.  
  • Nina Simone [ united-states ]

    Nina Simone (born Eunice Kathleen Waymon; 1933 – 2003) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist widely associated with jazz music. Over the length of her career Nina recorded more than 40 albums, mostly between 1958, when she made her debut with Little Girl Blue, and 1974. In the early 1960s, Nina Simone became involved in the civil rights movement and the direction of her life shifted once again Nina’s music was highly influential in the fight for equal rights in the United States. In later years, she lived abroad, finally settling in France in 1992. Nina received a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2000 and was a fifteen-time Grammy Award nominee over the course of her career. Books by & about Nina Simone
  • Nora A. Cebotarev [ canada ]

    Nora CebotarevNora Cebotarev  (1928-2007) is a  Canadian who did her early University studies at West Virginia University and Pennsylvania State University, earning her PhD in 1972. In 1970 she began her long association with the University of Guelph as an associate professor in 1970 and was appointed Professor Emerita in the Departments of Sociology and Anthropology. A polyglot, she  spoke 8 languages with knowledge and grace. She was known as an inspiring, receptive and compassionate teacher who during her career would assist some 300 plus students with graduate studies.  In 1970 she taught her first Women’s Studies course and was among the team to convince the University of Guelph Senate to accept Women’s Studies as a major and minor topic in 1978. She authored three books an Latin American rural studies, an active subject of interest and innumerable articles for North American and international journals. Interview with Nora on equality.
  • Nora Ephron [ united-states ]

    NNora Ephronora Ephron  ( 1941 - 2012) was an American journalist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, producer, director, and blogger. Nora is best known for her romantic comedies and was nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Writing: for Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle. She won a BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay for When Harry Met Sally. Her last film was Julie & Julia. She also co-authored the Drama Desk Award winning theatrical production Love, Loss, and What I Wore. In 2013, Ephron received a posthumous Tony Award nomination for Best Play for her play Lucky Guy. Three of Nora's many books: I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman; When Harry Met Sally and The Most of Nora Ephron.