Composing a life

Mary Catherine Bateson wrote in " Composing a Life"

Part of the secret of continuing development-especially for women, who may be pressed by social expectations into childlike positions of weakness-is the discovery through a variety of relationships that social expectations can be changed and that difference can be a source of strength rather than weakness.  We grow in dialogue , not only in the rare intensity of passionate collaboration, but through a mutiplicity  of forms of friendship and collegiality.