Bona Dea, Alaska Women's
I drove to Bona Dea today, hoping to have a chat with
Joanne and Marian and gain some historical perspective for this
piece. However, the moment I stepped inside the store, I knew
this piece needed to be about something bigger than the exchange
of inventory and personalities over the years. On this day, there
were several women gathered in small groups to talk, hug, or
exchange thoughts about what was going on in the Lesbian
community. The image I have of empty shelves all around seems
an ironic backdrop for the women, who were generating the kind
of energy that has kept the bookstore going this long. That is
what it's ail about. That is what I will miss.
In mythic terms, the journey toward wholeness begins
with a crisis, a crisis threatening the integrity of the community.
That was certainly the case when the bookstore began, women
searching for themselves and finding no representation. Who are
we9 What are we9 We had become aware of forces we could not
handle alone, and came together to seek answers to difficult
questions. According to classic mythic structure, during the crisis
period protective figures will appear to aid the heroine—these
have been the Lynns and Marions, the Susans, the Karens, the
Lucys, the Joannes and Marians and countless volunteers serving
the bookstore to guide the community toward wholeness. The
struggle began with the bookstore changing hands as women
came and went, going through periods as a non-profit, a for-
profit, and for a time, shareholders held interest. These struggles
not only reveal the pressures the bookstore was experiencing, but
our community as well, and the need to balance vision with fiscal
reality Despite the changes, the bookstore always stayed true to
the original vision of being a safe, welcoming place for women to
explore themselves and their culture. The challenges that
occurred when the bookstore changed hands illustrate well that
the moments between the secure past and the unknown are where
sparks occur to create new energy, images, ideas. This is the
energy we need to capture now, at this critical moment, so that
we may facilitate the return to our community all that the
bookstore has given us. This return must occur in order for the
heroic task to be complete, for the community to re-engage itself.
How do we do this7 Where will our tribe gather now?
In individual living rooms? At the Women's Music Festival? We
need to be careful to keep the bookstore's gift to us alive. Let us
continue to share what we have learned, to share her gift with us
—that there is power and hope and strength in community. Let us
be careful not to splinter off and retreat, polarize and separate.
Let us remember the bookstore as a living, breathing entrry--rt
began in someone's house, and what it has to offer will agam
need to be found in someone's house. Open your doors -KW
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