“I lost my son, Bear. Absolutely the most joy in my life came from him and the most pain I’ve experienced came from losing him. And that experience will never be matched. In Bear’s birth and in his death he saved me. Joe Biden said, “You get to a point where the memories make you smile more than the pain hurts.” He was my only one, and I’m too old to have another. ” – Alexandria Cmaylo is an artist and lives in New Orleans.
“I come from a background of women who didn’t know their worth or see themselves as goddesses or know that they were goddesses. They didn’t even have standards set for men to even meet. It’s been interesting stepping into my own. There’s no self-sacrificing that I am going to do. Too many women don’t know how to keep to their standards or how to live their standards. I am the table, you bring the gift. I am the Queen, not you. In ancient stories the woman came first.” – Mina McCree is a musician/writer who lives in New Orleans.
“The power of grace, women, we just have it. This grace, it’s a gift. I love being a woman and I would never choose otherwise. To me, grace means being educated, fancy, sexy and terrific inside and out. And having a loving and inviting spirit inside and out.” – Shawn-Michelle Rudism is the owner of the vintage clothing shop, Fraulein’s World in New Orleans.