No one really knows what goes on in the AMAZON universe. But here we are on a BEST SELLER list!
And for however long that lasts – Amazon updates the list hourly – it’s terrific.
“This is an incredibly moving, revealing and profound collection of stories inspired by a series of ‘salon’ events for women. They are a raw insight into women’s lives – their secrets, hopes and disappointments; their loves and their losses. I couldn’t put it down.”
Sometimes when we tell our stories we travel down the same well-worn tracks. The questions in The Sunday Story Club are carefully crafted to sidestep the prepared narratives you use to explain your life experiences to yourself and others. In this way, you learn about your self.
We wrote The Sunday Story Club to share some real-life stories and also encourage others to run their own story salons so that they too could experience their magic.
It has begun.
Thanks, Ashlee & Cristina for the feedback on running your first salon. It sounded fabulous.
My co-author, Doris Brett, and I spoke at the HAPPINESS AND ITS CAUSES Conference in Sydney in 2019.
Doris’s talk addresses the importance of face-to-face communication, explains why telling our stories out loud can help us understand ourselves, and shows how having deeper conversations can lead to insight into our life experiences and, ultimately, to wisdom. And I talk about the way to open up conversations by using more interesting questions.
ff………….Kerry Cue, Sibylesque (Just made that one up to be annoying)
Even as I write these lines some self-proclaimed health adviser will be insisting that for optimum health you should drink 8 glasses of water a day.
This assumes two things:
1. You are incapable of deciding if you are or are not thirsty. Answer this question. What day is it? Correct. As you do not appear to have dementia, you will remember to drink fluids.
2. That 8 glasses is the correct fluid intake for you. How do they know?
Meanwhile, the claim that you need eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day has been debunked.
Drs. Dan Negoianu and Stanley Goldfarb at the University of Pennsylvania reviewed published clinical studies on the topic and found no data to suggest people need to stick to the “8 x 8″ rule.
“Indeed, it is unclear where this recommendation came from,” they write in an editorial in the June 2008 issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Photo source: Vintage Hairdryers pinterest
We can also, in many small ways, apply what we have learned in life. Here are just a few thoughts that have bubbled out of the Sibyls’ Salons:
* I was thinking about fear and overcoming fear. Fear comes with possibility. Not knowing. I find that attractive. Leap into the unknown.
* To find yourself you have to become unmoored.
* The hardest thing for me to learn to do is ‘keep quiet.’
* You can have theories or children.
* Learn from other people’s mistakes because you do not have time to make them all yourself.
When we take time to think and feel and talk in a safe, non-judgemental forum, wisdom gets a chance to bloom.
Artwork: By talented Sibyl Elizabeth D.
The Sibyls’ Salon was, once again, an exciting mix of extraordinary insights, wise words and frivolity. The opening question brought about an hilarious range of responses.
You are lost on a Desert Island with no IT or means of communication. But, thank goodness, you have one treasured item with you. What is it?
The answers include:
the noble – the complete works of Shakespeare,
the sweet – my teddy bear,
the practical – a pillow,
the entertaining – a book of crossword puzzles,
the devoted – my cat.
But all of the above seemed a little modest compared to Sibyl Doris’s choice of Stephen Sondheim and a Grand Piano!!!!!!! Thanks to Sibyls Elizabeth, Rita, Viv I, Rosemary, Viv II, Denis, Celia (See Sibyl Cake above) and Carol plus Host Sibyls Doris and Kerry.
This time we learned:
We also raised some funds for Sue’s Global Community work in Nepal, which is in even more need of our help right now.
Sibyl Doris & Sibyl Kerry.
by Kerry Cue
Hillary Clinton is 67 years old and running for President. If she is voted into office, an increasingly unlikely scenario, she will be 70 years old and, after 2 possible terms, she will be 78 years old.
Why all the brouhaha? Opponents have dubbed Hillary ‘grandma’, which, indeed, she is, but the term is used as an insult. It is meant to demean her status.
There have been 44 presidents with 3 in Hillary’s demographic. Margaret Thatcher was 54 when she became Prime Minister in 1979 and held that office for 11 years. Golda Meir was 71 when elected Prime Minister of Israel in 1969. Angela Merkel was 51 when elected German Chancellor. She remains in office at the age of 61.
There are now 46 million Americans over 65 and the numbers are rising. Last election they represented 23% of the voting population. Only a fool would set out to insult 23% of potential voters. Then again, fools rush in where the older and wiser fear to tread.
Hillary had the last say. She started a Twitter account #Grandmotherknowsbest.
Thus ends the lesson in how not to be a victim.