My Smith College friend, Claudia Chan Wagner, has a wonderful book releasing today! Claudia is also the founder of the S.H.E. Summit, an annual leadership conference in NYC.  Please check this out — it is so needed at this point of time. Here is a link:

How We Rise


From Claudia: “TODAY is the official launch of my book THIS IS HOW WE RISE. It is a practical blueprint I have written to encourage all men and women to join a new breed of leaders and become change agents for gender equality in their everyday lives. I cannot think of a more necessary time in history that we need a book on this subject. After a 10-year journey of spiritual and personal growth, and a career devoted to women’s empowerment, I believe the key to getting to gender parity in this lifetime means rooting our lives in a purpose far greater than personal success and getting everyone–women and men–to work together for social change. Rise today and get this book for yourself and the organization you work for! #HowWeRise


Memento Gathering


Found a bunch of aged matches…from many different states & countries, and one I think is from college! Do these still exist? But there are some memories as well! Is it strange that the matchbook reminding me of different visits with so many people? These remind me of many friends: Aly, Lyn, Katherine, Mike, Shane, Steven, Tanis & Taryn….


I want to thank everyone who has sent their support and great feelings to me! So many things have meant so very much to me: a comment, a card, a plant, a posting, a bouquet, a coffee mug, edible arrangement, a puzzle, magazines, a coloring book, and so many awesome items!