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I Am Here                                                         


Doris Lessing’s novel, "The Summer Before the Dark", is about an aging woman who faces psychological and physical changes in her life. In a pivotal scene, the protagonist visits a busy restaurant. She realizes to her dismay that her age and sex have made her feel invisible.  She wants to shout “Look, I'm here, can't you see me?”  It was 1999.  I was in my early 50’s. I thought that I was disappearing.


Rattles have become a symbol for creative and personal reflection on life’s transitions. Like a rite of passage, they announce "I am Here". It is this affirmation that continues to intrigue, challenge and support me in my work and life.




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