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Laurie – Female Formed

A Sister, A Home
“But oh! the blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one’s deepest as well as one’s most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely. Oh, the comfort – the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person – having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.”
—Dinah Craik, A Life for a Life

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Snow White – Female Formed

Heartbreaking Enchantment
“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.”

-Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

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Gabby & Deb – Female Formed

Group Dynamics
“Not belonging is a terrible feeling. It feels awkward and it hurts, as if you were wearing someone else’s shoes.”

-Phoebe Stone, The Romeo and Juliet Code

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Jean – Female Formed

Generational Friends
“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.”

–Henry James

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Katie – Female Formed

Other Kinds of Girls
“The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it. Basically, because you feel good, very good, when you are near them.”

—Charles Bukowski

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Book Signing Initiation

I had the pleasure of experiencing my first book signing recently at the Barnes & Noble in Palm Desert, California. It was, in all ways, a positive learning experience. Barnes & Noble allows and deftly facilitates signings for ‘independent’ authors. Theoretically, it’s a win-win for both parties; the writer gets exposure, and hopefully they bring customers in the door for the host. When I asked Mike, the genial employee who set up the event, for advice on how best to maximize the experience for all, he said something like, “Create a relationship with the customers – it’s all about that.”…

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TAKE YOUR POM POMS AND –

Apparently there’s a new movie out about women in a retirement community (could be a nursing home or the refrigerator room of a funeral parlor – same thing) who start a cheerleading squad. Let’s take a moment. I thought I’d seen it all on the big screen when it came to being offered ‘seniors’ in circumstances depicted as people with no dignity, nothing to offer or a modicum of self-awareness. Actually, I haven’t seen it all; I wouldn’t go to one of those road trip/buddy movies populated with old people doing silly, stereotypical deeds if they offered free admittance and…

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