Learning By Heart
Grace Frame
About the Author:

As a Feminist, I joined the Women's Movement in 1968.  Feminism is about how great it is to be a woman -- the Women's Movement addresses the many difficulties women cope with, including the nasty or non-use of the term Feminist until about three years ago.  My writing extends from personal study in Mythology, Archaeology and Anthropology with a final commitment to Anthroapology,  I am a cartoonist as well as a researcher and writer.  The cover of Learning By Heart is my original drawing and I would like to see it replicated because mothers and daughters need one another. This is my sixth e-book with the excellent assistance of LiberWriter.


LEARNING BY HEART, ​​COURAGEOUS GROWTH, GYNOCENTRIC EDUCATION is Factuality Fiction about the actual or psychological and cultural loss of daughters and it is about a returning.  The severance of the matrilineal bloodline of daughters and sons through the barbarian imposition of sons-in-law has been told more times than mother-in-law jokes.  I try to write Women's Fiction believing that emotion is women's preferred action -- and a relevant basis for action.  The emotional level is dramatized from an internal viewpoint; in other words, from the way women act OUT their feelings.

LEARNING BY HEART is also Historical Factuality Fiction that offers applicable heritage for modern families.  The story conforms to the known facts and assumed spirit of the historic period  (600 BCE), which was a climactic shift from gynocentric culture to patriarchal  conquest society -- to the politics and economics of city states, finally from trading empires to warring empires; and from visionary education to authoritative, even monolithic, disciplines; from ecstatic nature worship to the extremes of sexual prudery and eroticism.  The story centers on a single woman whose life and personality reflect these contrasts; however the many characters span generations and ethnicisities.

After the fall of Sikah-hara, Naqia, a lady of the royal harem flees to the school where she was briefly educated before her marriage -- to the famous school of the sibyls (Western Erythraea) said to have existed in the Ocean Stream, possibly on one of the Canary Islands.  Naqia has lost everything in the turmoil following the collapse of the most powerful Hittite empire.  Of her family, only a daughter may survive as a captive but, so pitiable is that fate, no mother could wish it.

Realizing her ownly wealth is her learning, Naqia plans to teach eme-Sal, the women's literary language (known to have evolved over the course of thousands of years in the harems of the east -- the gynocratic Womens Courts).  Naqia vows that her mind will be a tool not a torment, but from the day of her arrival at the school, memories assail her.  While Naqia tries to forget the past, the sibyls recognize her as a woman of the future; she is a lost daughter of Demeter carried off to Hades, and the sibyls believe she can return.  Others conclude that Naqia doesn't belong at the school.  She offends her oldest friend and clashes with the red bodu, a dominant student.

Yet in coming to the sibylline school on the volcanic island of Erythraea, Naqia and her seven-year-old servant girl, Tayet, have travelled to the home of the Nine Muses whose mother is Memory.  Amused and bemused among an international assembly of teachers and students, woman and girl learn by heart through the diverse talents of the muses to design the mind as a temple with the heart as an altar where a choice of memories are dedicated with which to grow up courageously and to grow old courageously.


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