My mother used to tell us all the time, "I've lived." As kids, it used to make us cringe. I had no idea what she meant.

She's been gone for nearly twenty years now. Every day I have a better sense of those words.

This project is a tribute to my mom, Janice Faye Causey Amar, and to these spectacular women who took a moment to sit with me and share a bit of themselves.