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We will transcend, ladies

Dec. 18, 2008, Vol. 6 Issue 22

Dear Friends,

We have snow on the ground, and freezing temperatures – amazing for Portland, Oregon, where a green and drippy wet Christmas is more the norm. When I learned my brother and nephews are coming from Missouri for the holidays and heard that the arctic blast was coming, we ran right out and cut a Christmas tree.

Last night, I amazed myself and stood in the kitchen for two hours cutting out Christmas cookies – my favorite holiday baking. Now for the best part — decorating them, and that I can do sitting down.

It has been quite a year getting through two knee replacement surgeries, 30 physical therapy appointments, and all of the unknowns. I have a ways to go to get where I want to be in terms of strength and stamina, but finally feel I’m on my way to dancing and hiking and moving fluently and with ease – well, and maybe a little clicking. Ahhhh…the anticipation.

Kelly Corrigan: We Will Transcend, Ladies


In light of my year and all of the sweet friends who sent prayers, presents and encouragement, the best thing I thought I could share with you in this last e-news for 2008 is this amazing reading by one of our newest speakers, Kelly Corrigan.

She wrote it for all the great women in her life, and so it is my pleasure to share her reading of it with all of the great women in my life.

It’s called “Transcending: Words on Women and Strength” and like all of Kelly’s writing, it’s poignant, funny, and insightful, and she delivers it in her  charming and forthright style. It’s a touching tribute to the support and compassion women give each other in good times and bad. It’s just five minutes and well worth every word and minute. I’m certain you’ll want to share it with all of your girlfriends.

Anne Turner of Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith, Arkansas, turned me on to Kelly and her New York Times best-selling book, The Middle Place, after she spoke for their annual Woman to Woman event this fall. Anne couldn’t say enough good things about Kelly’s presence and her message – she received a standing ovation.

The essay is also a bonus in the paperback edition of The Middle Place, due in bookstores Dec. 23.  So, if you still have girlfriends on your Christmas list, this book would make a great gift.

NOTE: Sorry, this video is no longer available on line. Apologies.

Until next time, and take care of yourself, for your well being and those you love.  In Kelly’s words, together,  “We will transcend, ladies!”


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