The Transition Network

Transition Peer Groups

Transition Peer Groups (TPGs) continue to meet monthly using Zoom. If you have interest in any current peer group or have an idea for a new group, contact Barbara or the contact person to get connected. The members of the group shape the discussions and activities and share responsibility for participation, communication, and facilitation. TPGs are great experiences for in depth discussions and developing new friendships that are supportive, encouraging and fun. 

If you have ideas or questions please email Barbara at

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.

- submitted by Barbara O'Sullivan

A new Transition Peer Group (TPG) for women who work focuses on the challenges and rewards of the current work place as well as preparing for what is next in work life or retirement. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 17, at 7:15 PM. The focus for the discussion is how to stay relevant as work life changes by choice or otherwise. We also will discuss our collective values for a beneficial group experience. 

If you are interested, please mark your calendar to attend our May meeting. New members to the group are always welcome. Please contact Barbara at with questions or to receive the zoom link. 

- submitted by Sylvia Mohn

At our meeting on April 8, we discussed the topic of introverts. We watched a brief TED talk on introverts by Susan Cain from March 2012, author of the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. About 1/3 to 1/2 of the population are introverts. They feel most alive in quiet, lowkey environments whereas extroverts get their energy from gregarious talking to other people in busy, noisy environments. Cain talked about the problems of open offices, and open classrooms where students are supposed to learn in teams or pods. She said it was important for children to work on their own in school because that’s where deep thought comes from, and also it was important to unplug from media. She talked about the historical shift in public role models from men of contemplation and character in the 19th century (Abe Lincoln) to a culture of personality in the 20th century, driven partly by a shift in rural to urban lifestyles and living among strangers.
After listening to the talk, we polled ourselves and most in the meeting were introverts, one was an ambivert (middle on the spectrum). Although this TED talk was from eight years ago, it seemed relevant to today, especially in the time of the pandemic when many are living quieter, more isolated lives by necessity. We talked about how some children thrive in remote learning because that’s how they learn best. We discussed coping mechanisms we've used for dealing with open/noisy offices and lack of privacy, and where you always had to be ready to socialize. We talked about our experiences growing up and how we felt as introverts or extroverts.
Topic for Thursday, May 13, at 10:00 AM is Post-pandemic life: Fears and anticipation. The pandemic has changed us, what do you look forward to, what do you want to avoid? Forward links of relevant articles to the group before the meeting.

All Minneapolis/St. Paul TTN members are welcome. We meet the second Thursday of the month from 10:00 AM-Noon. We are currently meeting via Zoom.

Please contact Eleni Skevas at if you are interested in joining this group.

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

At our April 22 meeting, we experimented using a technique called WOOP (Wish/Outcome/Obstacles/Plan). Here is a link to learn more about the WOOP tool. The tool is included in the Yale course Science of Well-Being offered free of charge through Coursera. Members agreed that the tool can be useful for a variety purposes including improving our daily habits and relationships with others.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 27, at 6:30 PM. We will use the meeting as a follow up to the TTN MSP Workshop Unmasking our Truth: Pondering the Pandemic and Forecasting our Future which is scheduled for Saturday, May 15. Attendance at the workshop is not necessary for our TPG discussion but is strongly encouraged.

All Minneapolis/St. Paul TTN members are welcome. We meet the fourth Thursday of the month from 6:30-8:00 PM. We are currently meeting via Zoom.
For more information or questions, please contact Barbara O'Sullivan at

 - submitted by Jean Forrey

On Monday, May 3, from 1:00-3:00 PM, we will be meeting to discuss friendships in the time of Covid. Our discussion will be based on an article in The New York Times titled “We Want Our Friends Back! (But Which Ones?)” by Alex Williams. Each member was mailed a copy of this article. If you need the article, please email Jean Forrey for a copy. 

In April, we met and had another opportunity to get to know each other better. Those who wanted to participate took a “quiz” from the VIA Institute on Character. This “quiz” profiled our character strengths based on 24 characteristics such as humor, zest, self-regulation, love of learning and leadership etc. It was really fun looking at ourselves and each other through this lens.

We also discussed the podcast from The Island of Discarded Women and are all looking forward to the summer garden party and Sue Scott as one of the headliners!

Please feel free to join us on the first Monday of every month from 1:00- 2:30 or 3:00 PM. Contact Jean Forrey at if you want to be added to the e-mail list.


Material from, 16:00:36 May 6, 2021.
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