Talbots and Kelly Corrigan! Books, Fashion, and Friendship

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Talbots and Kelly Corrigan -- what a fine way to spent an evening!

Kelly Corrigan, author of Lift and The MIddle Place, spoke with over 50 women with a splattering of men yesterday night at Talbots in Annapolis, MD. I met Kelly many years ago (2007?) at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance where she was touring for The Middle Place. Liked her that and I like her now!

Kelly spoke of her desire to write about the crisises in all of our lives and how we deal with them. Lift takes its name from handgliding, a pursuit that requires flying directly into rough air, because turbulence saves a glider from "sinking out". For Kelly, this wisdom -- that to fly requires chaotic, sometimes even violent passages -- becomes a metaphor for all of life's most meaningful endeavors, especially in guiding children. Written as a letter to her children, Kelly writes a meditation on the complexities of life filled with love, risk, sorrow, and joy. A book for everyone who needs a lift and wants to live a life more fully.

After listening to Kelly and her great sarcastic wit, I struck up a conversation with a fellow fan and shopper. We talked about Kelly and her books and then she fitted me with a pink trench coat! I loved it and bought it. Mary, the fellow shopper, deserved a commission from Talbots! Books, food, (with a little wine), fashion, and friends -- now that's a night out on the town!

Kelly said that she can't really experience life on a blue-sky day -- there are no clouds that create the turbulence that require the joy and sadness of a life fully lived! Think on that thought.

Kelly video "Transcending" about women's friendship was sent women-to-woman to more than 4 million viewers.

Here's is that profound video and the video for Lift. Both of them make me cry they are so good. Here's to Kelly, friendship, and the lift to live! 




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