Leslee Nelson

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Memory Cloth — Valentine-Diamond

The morning after she died I woke up thinking instead of burning away the cinder/coal (hurt & anger) holding it tightly would turn it into a diamond.

It was the process Dawna Markova taught.  When you face an obstacle, turning it into a challenge can help you realize how it was a gift.

The last time I saw Mom she said, “All I’ve taught you was anger.” 

It was that anger that allowed me to refuse her suburban housewife role and find my own kind of life.   A gift.


Embroidery on my Mother’s wedding handkerchief

made 4/24/11