This is a book about memory and meaning; these texts bring to light the patterns of story and emotion that women have woven around the objects they have kept and treasured, objects which in the past may have seemed unimportant. These treasures contain and reveal each woman's life experience and act as vehicles for her values and for the development of her character. They are often passed along to other women or handed down to family members, thereby connecting generations and cultivating a collective women's history. Selected from interviews with over one hundred different women, these are rich, compelling and sometimes haunting stories, told in their own voices.
Dr. Kathleen V. Cairns is a professor and clinical psychologist with the Division of Applied Psychology at the Faculty of Education, University of Calgary. Over the past twenty-five years, she has published numerous articles on the psychology of women and has maintained a private psychotherapy practice with a focus on women's issues and human sexuality.
Prior to her retirement in 2001, Dr. Eliane Silverman spent nearly twenty years at the University of Calgary in various roles, including coordinating the women's studies program, advising the president on women's issues, and teaching in the Faculty of General Studies.
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