As Linden O’Brien-Williams pondered the ways in which she could wrap the concepts and principles of liminality around issues that really mattered to her, the journalistic angle prevailed: She would interview friends and family and ask them for an account of their liminal moments. They would be people she already knew and with whom trust was already established. The friends were primarily college students. Family included a sister, mother and father. Especially as regards parents, the hearing of their stories was a different experience; usually children tell their stories of the heart to parents, not the other way around.
How does one set up an interview in such a way that people focus on the liminal elements? They do not have benefit of a semester seminar on liminality. But Linden could give them a few main ideas. Depending on the person, they required either more or less explanation: What are some of your great transitions in life? How did change come to you and what did you discover and do with it?
The responses to those questions were compiled and composed into the following journalistic portraits. They provide insights into the very personal yet universal nature of liminality and transitional states. And the contrasting panels of word art at the close portray the contrasting emotions experienced in the midst of the liminal passage and after reaggregation.