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​From May 2020 Newsletter

Terri Evans submitted the below quote from Life Reimagined: Discovering Your New Life Possibilities by Richard J. Leider and Alan M. Webber that is the reason that TTN is so important:

"Finding purpose and connecting with others is the core that generates an authentic life. We need to find ways in which we can stay engaged with life - by finding our purpose - and engaging in life - and by connecting with others." (p. 136)

Jill Goski recommends the article “That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief” located at
Karen West shared a poem she received from Rachel Freed.

We’ve All Been Exposed
by Sarah Bourns
We’ve all been exposed.
Not necessarily to the virus
(maybe...who even knows).
We’ve all been exposed BY the virus.
Corona is exposing us.
Exposing our weak sides.
Exposing our dark sides.
Exposing what normally lays far beneath the surface of our souls,
hidden by the invisible masks we wear.
Now exposed by the paper masks we can’t hide far enough behind.
Corona is exposing our addiction to comfort.
Our obsession with control.
Our compulsion to hoard.
Our protection of self.
Corona is peeling back our layers.
Tearing down our walls.
Revealing our illusions.
Leveling our best-laid plans.
Corona is exposing the gods we worship:
Our health
Our hurry
Our sense of security
Our favorite lies
Our secret lusts
Our misplaced trust.
Corona is calling everything into question:
What is the church without a building?
What is my worth without an income?
How do we plan without certainty?
How do we love despite risk?
Corona is exposing me.
My mindless numbing
My endless scrolling
My careless words
My fragile nerves.
We’ve all been exposed.
Our junk laid bare.
Our fears made known.
The band-aid torn.
The masquerade done.
So what now? What’s left?
Clean hands
Clear eyes
Tender hearts.

From March 2020 Newsletter

Virtual Symposium on “Transitioning into Retirement”
- Submitted by Cyndy Nelson
I wanted to make you aware of an upcoming free virtual symposium titled “Transitioning into Retirement”. The symposium is organized by Marianne Oehser and dates for this year’s event are March 10-12. I participated in a previous offering of this event and found the speakers and topics that year to be informative and engaging. The symposium consists of 12 speakers over three days. It is a virtual event and you can listen to as many sessions as you are interested in. More information is available at
Co-housing in the Twin Cities
- Submitted by Jean Forrey
After attending the quarterly event with on housing, I found the following information about a group exploring co-housing in the Twin Cities.

From February 2020 Newsletter

Below are a few articles our members have recommended:
100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage Reason to Celebrate Across Minnesota, Star Tribune Dec 13, 2019:  (Submitted by JeNell Jacobson and Terri Evans)
The Loneliness Epidemic, AARP Magazine December 2019/January 2020:   (Submitted by Terri Evans)
On Saturday, February 15, the Hennepin History Museum will be hosting a Susan B Anthony 200th Birthday Party:  (Submitted by Teresa Werneke)

From January 2020 Newsletter

Bobbi Weber recommends the following article:
The Universe Was Speaking to Me (I Think)
- Submitted by Terri Evans
On December 8th, a bitterly cold and snowy Sunday evening, I found myself sitting in French Meadow Bakery’s Nord Scott Hall, surrounded by a group of interesting and passionate individuals. I wasn’t sure exactly how I’d gotten there…
In October I had read a piece in the Star Tribune about something called “The Island of Discarded Women,” developed by a local actress and radio personality…Sue something…“Prairie Home Companion”… ageism…familiar names and faces. At about the same time, the Transition Network newsletter had included a mention that member Lorna Landvik would be a guest on something called “The Island of Discarded Women.” I heard bits and pieces about a podcast…music…women’s stories…interviews. On a day when I was feeling adventurous, I went to The Island of Discarded Women website and found out a bit more…second Sunday of each month…live recording of a podcast…women’s stories…original music…acting…an interview. On a whim, I decided to purchase tickets; however, they were sold out until the December event. I took the plunge and bought tickets a couple of months out.
When the day finally arrived, I wondered what I had been thinking. A Sunday night? In the middle of winter? A long drive to Uptown from St. Michael? Ugh! And then…suddenly…I found myself sitting at a table with a nice glass of wine, a savory dinner, and warm company. And the show had not even begun! Then came the music and the poetry and the acting and the true stories from the diverse group of women who had found themselves on The Island of Discarded Women. And more…Sue Scott’s moving interview with Susan Kimberly, “a force in St. Paul politics and a trailblazer who was the first transgender woman to become the deputy mayor of a major American city.” Through tears and laughter, I wondered what the universe was trying to tell me - why had I ended up at this moment, in this place, with these people, experiencing what was taking place on the stage in front of me?
It was announced at the end of the show that, because of the success of The Island of Discarded Women, they had been offered a new, larger, and permanent venue - Crooners in Fridley! It was also announced that Lorna Landvik would be joining the cast! The group would be taking a month off while they transitioned to the new venue.
Surely, the universe was telling me that I needed to share this experience with others so that they could experience it as well. Right? The next live podcast recording of The Island of Discarded Women will take place on Sunday, February 9th at Crooners in Fridley. It will feature an interview with civil rights attorney and activist, Nekima Levy Armstrong (formerly Levy-Pounds). Several TTN members have already purchased tickets for this event. Please join us! (Note that the event usually sells out well in advance.) Visit The Island of Discarded Women official website (purchase tickets here):
Read the Star Tribune article - “Former 'Prairie Home' Performer Starts a New Chapter with Podcast about Battling Back”:

 For those interested, several TTN members will be attending the History Theatre’s March 1st, 2:00 PM matinee performance of Superman Becomes Lois Lane, based on Susan Kimberly’s story. Purchase tickets at
See the MPR story about Susan Kimberly and the play at