The book contains folk, cautionary tales, myths and legends which inspired damsels to overcome challenges in their environment: predators, hunger, oppression, or aggression, and traditional male norms and standards.
I love stories. I told stories as a child: in the backyard digging holes in the sand pile my dad use for cement, playing at the creek, finding frogs or fishing, walking to and from school, sitting in the swing in the garden rocking back and forth on warm Colorado nights, hiking in the Alaska Mountains, sitting on the train going back and forth to Colorado, or having a coffee at a café in Oakland, CA or telling a story to my children before they fell asleep, now my grandchildren who are engrossed with tales.
As a child, drawing was my way of communicating. Today, I am a writer of words as well as a verbal storyteller, which blends skills of illustrating, speaking, and written words to create, enhance, reimage, embroidery, fabricate, and elaborate stories to fascinate those who view, hear, and read the tales!
--->I love stories which inform us about our worlds.
The damsels in folktales enlightened progress for survival by their
coping skills. Knowing and understanding their attitudes are gifts. Damsels used skills to overcome hardships. Today, the damsels’ of folklore
strengthen my journey through harmful narrations in society.
I have the values of the damsels to success by flexibility, education, my capabilities, other's support, and my resistance to the negative put-downs left in our societies codes and norms dictated in these in old folktales we all heard or read as children.
My impairment was “males got everything. ”This attitude not from my dad, as fair as he was to me; this attitude came through my mother. Her brothers went to high school, not her. Her stepfather sent my mother went off to work at age fourteen; she received no chance while her brothers granted privileges. My mom's step dad's attitude greatly impacted me. My grandmother waited on this grumpy, bossy, older man. He lost his engineering career; he ran over a woman while courting my grandmother. She served this negative man, which affected my roots, my standing as a girl. I loved my grandmother as an inspiration, and she served the male.