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Transition Peer Groups

Our Transition Peer Groups (TPGs) continue to meet monthly using Zoom. Currently there are three peer groups: daytime groups in the east and west metro area and an evening east metro group. Each group has a unique focus. Check out each group's description in this newsletter. All groups welcome new members. Peer groups focus on mutual support and encouragement in an environment of confidentiality, compassion, and respect. We continue to explore opportunities to add new peer groups either geographically or by topic.

If you are a TTN member interested in joining an existing TPG, please let the contact person for that group know. If you have ideas for a new TPG or have general questions, please email Barbara at barbara.osullivan@hotmail.com and she will get back to you and set up a time to talk. She looks forward to hearing from you.

Why join a TPG? Below is a quote from Jane, a TTN MSP member:

“The TTN small groups (SIGs, TPGs and book groups) have been a wonderful lifeline during the Stay at Home and social distancing days. The friendly faces on the Zoom screen bring companionship, support, and good ideas. Members also shared the latest from their other SIGs and I found the Groups are like potato chips - you can’t stop at just one!” 

Just a friendly reminder: We always welcome new women to check out our TPGs along with our many social occasions and programs. Please remember that non-members are welcome to attend SIGs & TPGs for a maximum of two times after which, per national policy, women are required to become a member of TTN to continue SIG/TPG participation.

TRANSITION PEER GROUP - Life Animated
 
- submitted by Sylvia Mohn

The group met on September 10 to discuss “What makes you happy during this time of quarantine? How do you keep going?” Quick answers: having heat when it's chilly, working with dirt in the garden, dreaming about lighting candles and/or fireplaces, getting more rest. Other answers were to involve tactile senses with hobbies or projects; retail therapy; watching amusing TV shows, such as "Sensitivity Training" on Netflix, or PBS British show about cars "Find It, Fix It, Drive It"; being grateful for things that make us feel secure and content; exercise; watching the moon rise; use this time to change diets for the better; and plan vacations. Several people mentioned a sense of filling time with inconsequential activities, not getting much done.

We also had a discussion about COVID concerns which are causing family conflicts. Some family member decisions regarding who can be physically together treat family members unequally. There are concerns about family members not behaving responsibly around other people (neighbors, strangers and crowds), not wearing masks, COVID deniers, etc. COVID conflicts are likely temporary, but family discussions/dissension can last a long time.

Topic for Thursday, October 8, at 10:00 AM is “Our personalities”. Take the personality test that assigns you a color. We will compare test results. https://thecolorofmypersonality.com 

Please contact Eleni Skevas at eskevs@yahoo.com if you are interested in joining this group.

TRANSITION PEER GROUP - Living with Purpose
 
- submitted by Barbara O'Sullivan

The September Living with Purpose Transition Peer Group meeting focused on a call to action to get out the VOTE. Members shared strategies including letter writing campaigns, helping neighbors with mail in ballots, early voting, or getting to the polls. We recognize our country and democracy are stronger when we all vote. We also discussed how to stand up to voter suppression.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 22, from 6:30-8:00 PM. We will continue to meet on Zoom. Our topic will be Changing Seasons: Ideas to enjoy and have a productive Fall and Winter during Stay at Home. We welcome new members.
 
For more information or questions, please contact Barbara O'Sullivan at Barbara.osullivan@hotmail.com

TRANSITION PEER GROUP - West Metro
 - submitted by Jean Forrey

Eight members of the West Metro TPG met on Monday, September 14, from 1:00-3:00 PM via Zoom. Members began with a discussion of self-care during COVID, especially in terms of preparing for the upcoming winter. The rest of the meeting centered on a continuation of our discussion on social justice and specific things that we are each doing to take action - such as writing postcards and letters to potential voters in swing states through vote.org, donating to organizations such as the 19thnews.org, reading, thoughtfully discussing the issues (asking others what their thoughts are on the issues and what in their life led them to this viewpoint in order to open the door for discussion, rather than imposing your ideas on others), and working for votesaveamerica.com/adopt-a-state.

Members will next meet on Monday, October 5, from 1:00-3:00 PM via Zoom. Topics of discussion will include: ways to deal with COVID stress (how to approach someone not wearing a mask in public, for example), a recap of current events, resources related to current events, and an update of social justice actions being taken by members. 
 
We are open to new members! We meet the first Monday of the month from 1:00-3:00 PM. We are currently meeting via Zoom.
 
If you want to attend our TPG, please contact Jean Forrey at jean.4e@gmail.com to be added to the mailing list and get monthly Zoom info.