These places of possibility within ourselves are dark because they are ancient and hidden; they have survived and grown strong through darkness. Within these deep places each one of us holds an incredible reserve of creativity and power, of unexamined and unrecorded emotion and feeling. The woman's place of power within each of us is neither white nor surface; it is dark, it is ancient and it is deep.
Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider
As a little girl I was fascinated by the many stories my grandmother told of her childhood in Minsk, Russia. Born to poor Jewish parents, her father died of tuberculosis when my grandmother was three years old. The only work her widowed mother could find was as a servant to a very wealthy family who would not permit her child to live on the premises. What . . .
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