“I have to cry out here that language is all we have for the delicacy and truth of telling, that words are the sole heroes and heroines of fiction. Their generosity and forgiveness make one weep. They will accept anything and stand by it, and show no sign of suffering. They will accept change, painlessly, the only pain being that experienced by those who use words, scattering them like beans in a field and hoping for morning beanstalks as high as the sky with heavenly commotion there, upstairs where the giants live.”
― Janet Frame, Living in the Maniototo: A Novel
Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?
― Frida Kahlo, painter
“Make up a story... For our sake and yours forget your name in the street; tell us what the world has been to you in the dark places and in the light. Don't tell us what to believe, what to fear. Show us belief's wide skirt and the stitch that unravels fear's caul.”
― Toni Morrison, The Nobel Lecture In Literature, 1993
If I were to sit down and attempt to write out the names of all the women who have inspired me in my life, it would be one damn long introduction that would move into days and nights and days. Our lists are as different and unique as we are and the women themselves who have changed us, moved us, revolved around us, and helped us feel less alone.
So, I wondered if we could get a group of women writers, musicians, artists, mechanics, waitresses, (you name it, we’ve done it) who all have unending day/night jobs and obligations that we move around in order to find those hours to do what it is that inspires us the most! I wanted to hear the voices of many who might share a part of their experiences.
WOW! What a trip to send out the word via email to some of the women I know and have them respond with a YES! Many are not in this video, not because they didn’t want to be a part of it, but because of either technical issues on my end (I suck with Dropbox and iCloud) and I so apologize to them for that! And also, to those who had too much to do already, thank you for considering this!
HUGE thanks to the magic and brilliance of Ken Robidoux, who put this entire quilt together with music and names, and brought 30 women’s voices into one video with a seamless quality to it that I couldn’t have imagined when I watched each one separately.
I’m hoping they will inspire you as much as they have me! Thank you so much for taking the time out to speak through your hearts, minds and inner beings!
BIG LOVE TO ALL OF YOU! XOXOOX Meg Tuite
PS Happy Day of the Dead to one and all!