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Loved this piece. At the end of the piece, I was struck with the idea of us living through them and them living through us, and how it points out time and loss exist not on solid ground. The fluidity of it all both brings wonder and fear.

“killing the Angel in the House was part of the occupation of a woman writer”--Reminds me of something I just came across that said when a writer gains some level of distinction, they leave polite society behind.

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Yes Renee and is it not evident in our own individual journeys as writer than we need to weigh the truth on the scale of courage instead of politeness. No body listens to a polite writer! And what you said about loss not being solid is so poignant, beautifully phrased! Thank you so much for adding on to this !

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This is so relevant to what I'm going through with my YA novel right now. Speaking with courage is exactly my challenge in this season of life. Embracing the warrior through the "pen" while maintaining awareness to promote peace and love and joy. Difficult, indeed. Onward we write! Or, onward we move to the dance of our mothers' mothers while our unique pens skate across the page.

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Onwards we glide sister!

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"Virginia’s mental health was severely hampered by the sudden loss of her mother, during which she had her first episode of mental breakdown. Her effort to reconcile with her mother’s influence was essential to both her literary and spiritual realizations." Beautiful articulation of the effects of the inevitability of loss...an initiation into further becoming of Self...

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Thank you for reading Dave. I echo your emotions about this particularly. When a loved one is lost to the dark nothingness of death one has no other choice but to make them a part of their becoming.

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'Science says that at 20 weeks, a female fetus has a fully developed reproductive system, with six to seven million eggs, which means I have lived within my grandmother's body. It also means that my grandmother has a direct role in my creation.' Oh my yes! what a wonderful sharing, dear friend. I love the image of the four generations and the honouring of the universal lineage that is within women. Thank you , thank you for this evocative opening xxx

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Dear Ann, thank you for reading. Your work has specifically inspired me to write this piece. I deeply admire your generational wisdom and how you work towards bridging your experiences to the experiences of young minds. This is a ode to motherhood for you and your work.

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Really loved this: "All the years that have floated between our generations, hold a key to the secret of our unique way of life. Art is how we perceive the world around us, and then choose to identify ourselves within it. " So right. The space between generations is as vital to our own becoming as is the influence of them in our own lives.

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Oh how beautifully you articulated this thought. I was lost in my own ability to articulate this straight and it came out as it did. But this is exactly what I meant, becoming us through them because of all the generational knowledge. Thank you so much for adding this Freya!

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