Seeing oneself as acting in a movie or a play is not merely fantasy or indulgence; it is fundamental to how people work out who it is they are, and may becomeBenedict Carey

One of the best ways for us to ‘find our voice’ is to listen to those who have found theirs.  Because so many women, even successful women, find it difficult to claim a central place in their lives and in their own stories, finding self-assured women within our circle of loved ones may be difficult.  It is equally problematic to find women within the annals of literature and film who have moved to the center of their story.

Over the past 2 1/2 years, you’ve occasionally heard voices other than mine.  They are lovely, compelling voices.  In June, you will hear many more.

AshleyG Storytime

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As we give utterance to our ideas and dreams, we experience the catharsis that comes with saying what we think and feel out loud, especially when there are ears to hear, and we are heard — really heard.

It has been said by a number of psychologists who study recovery from trauma that mourning without empathy leads to madness, and that the person who suffers loss must be able to give testimony to someone as a way of working-through and learning from this loss.  On these pages, we won’t necessarily be speaking of loss, but the principle of ‘being heard’ applies nonetheless.

And by listening to and learning from one another, we will experience systergy.