All of us, of any gender or persuasion, have observed groups of women: from family get-togethers, to church committees, to volunteer projects, to work environments, to social situations. We are familiar with the conversations and stories that weave magic or mayhem, solace or strain, affirmation or rejection. We’re familiar with the pauses or silences that speak truer than words. Most of us can recall a family or friend storyteller, counselor, critic, instigator, partner-in-crime, or pacifist. All of us, of any gender or persuasion, have had similar conversations with the same range of results. I am compelled to explore the moments in those conversations at a pivotal moment, where the group dynamic reveals an opportunity for realization and growth.
And then, I… honors the communication among women because that process has been my equivalent of research: an idea or hypothesis is presented, reactions are tested, either a static situation continues or a pivotal moment occurs. Either way, knowledge results and a decision or new understanding can begin to take form. The act of communicating acculturates us and helps us navigate our life decisions. If we are fortunate, those on our research team are able and caring. I am not particularly good at it. Good conversations are unpredictable entities that require attention and energy to navigate and nurture. I’m fortunate to have friends who are uniquely adept: And then, I…Monuments to Pivotal Moments is dedicated to them with grateful appreciation.