HOW DO I THANK MY LUCKY STARS?
I am so grateful for my good health, and I am seeking to understand this process of aging, of life and death that we all experience.
This year has been bittersweet; a year of wonderful adventures and travels. I spent the summer examining old files, revisiting memories and special moments, and especially remembering times with friends and family and those who have gone.
Right now I am trying to move on from grief over my brother’s death, so I can celebrate his very special life. This too is an adventure, but not one I expected or wished for! He was my lifetime “anchor” and advisor from childhood. And my chief critic. I regret that he did not understand that I truly listened to him even when we did not agree. I trusted him as my friend.
Unearthing files, photos and memories from the past eight decades of my life has produced new revelations and clarifications. Some are worth sharing:
⊕ connecting with over 100 former students from 1998- 2007, plans for a reunion and the joy of learning about their successful leadership roles.
⊕ a report I wrote in 1949 (aged 14) about the State of Missouri, dedicated to Harry S Truman. It includes a most gracious “Thank you and Best Wishes from Harry S Truman, White House May 24, 1949.” I had a hard time remembering when and how this came about – but now it is off to the Truman Library
⊕ a quote from an unknown publication (When Jane Jacobs Took On the World)
“The first half of the 1960’s produced a cluster of significant books written by authors who stepped boldly outside their fields.” It helps to clarify for me why and how I had the courage to maintain my determination and belief in helping create a brand new concept for development – ownership by women for women country by country: “we know the problem, you have to create the solution, we will help you.” This movement, country by country, is now a part of our global economy. Where ever and whatever we did we relied on communities and networks of women and I am overjoyed at the thought of one more visit with some of those old friends and colleagues.
⊕ help from Barbara Crossette, an international journalist whom I have known and admired for many years.
An unexpected meeting with her resulted in help during a recent trip to Korea and to Vietnam. An introduction to her friend resulted in my joy of interviewing women in Hanoi’s flower market, street vendors, domestics, about how they finance their businesses.
See the article that appears in PASSBLUE.
These women reinforced my belief that the views and experience of women who work in “grassroots, local, bottom up economies” are essential to a sustainable global economy. And I have renewed confidence that I am still challenged by learning from women around the world.
Please pray for my continued health and ability to grow and learn!!!!!!