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Volume VI Number 19 . . . . May 26, 2000
Weave. Pattern. Design. Create. Texture. Intertwine. Braid. These are all words to describe what the wisdom of Canadian writers, artists, therapists, academics, musicians, educators and others do in this tapestry of women's stories of healing.The heart of the power of Spider Women is the persistent spirit of those who have suffered, and women's joy in helping each other. It is a very positive spin on the common "I am a victimized woman" type of writing so common in literature today. These women are warriors, using imagery and language to fight off discrimination and despair. In these works of imagination, women strive to discover the relationship between creativity and healing.
The book is composed of stories, poems, photographs, paintings, songs and essays, written by women who have either overcome a difficult passage in their life, or who are the caregivers of women in difficult situations. As I read these works of imagination, I felt inspired to create something for myself, to tell my story. This is the type of book that may encourage a woman to open up to her past and begin the healing process. There is a feeling of having a safe place as you read, and you never feel as if you're too young or too old to relate to the stories of these writers and artists.
An educator could use this book as a springboard for discussion in small groups, discussing issues of sexual abuse, violence, divorce, death or illness. The book gives many examples of different ways of dealing with difficult times. There is no right or wrong way of healing or being creative. Just be willing.
The authors include Joan Turner, a therapist in private practice, and a writer, teacher and counselor, Carol Rose.
Stephanie Yamniuk, who has taught grades 1-12, is currently a freelance writer and works at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, MB.
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