October 2019
October at a Glance!
Upcoming Events...
Fall Quarterly Event with Lori Palm
Secrets to Finding Your Passion and Purpose

Thursday, October 10,
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Location:  Carondelet Center Room 101, 1890 Randolph Ave. in St. Paul
Cost: $15 Members; $25 Non-Members

For thousands of years, people have been searching for the answers to, “Who am I? What is my purpose? What am I here to do?” You have the information encoded within you. Lori will show you how to find the answers in an experiential discovery journey exploring the passion, purpose and possibilities for the life you’re living today.

As you explore your past, present and future, you can begin to put together your skills and gifts in creative new ways. Living a creative and authentic life means totally intertwining the professional and personal - to be who you are in each moment everywhere you go.

When you put words to your passion and purpose, you are taking the intangible and making it tangible. We will explore who you are, what you want, and how you want to give back. When you have a vision driven by passion and purpose, your actions and activities create powerful results.

When you know WHO you are, you know WHAT to do.

Lori will share how to:
  • Find out what drives you, your burning desire – who you are
  • Discover and clarify your vision (Dream) – what you want
  • Create a proven action plan – what to do

Lori Palm is the CEO of Core Passion Inc. A life-long entrepreneur, Lori is a modern-day muse inspiring passion, purpose and possibilities to fuel success for individuals, business owners, and organizations.

 In 2003, Lori created the Core Passion® Assessment. This groundbreaking, validated, on-line self-assessment is used to discover the essence of the inner driving forces that drive everything you do. By discovering and igniting passion, Lori’s work results in maximized human capital, enhanced interpersonal communication, raised productivity and increased business value.

Her diverse business experience includes earning a degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota; achieving a Series 7 License in financial services; and creating and owning several entrepreneurial enterprises including: a production company (communications and branding), a music studio, a speakers’ bureau, and even an ostrich ranch. Along with her knowledge and skills, her curiosity and passion for passion has resulted in her being recognized as a global thought leader in the measurement and application of passion to life and business.
Follow-up Workshop with Lori Palm

Saturday, November 9
As a follow up to the October 10, event, Lori is offering a workshop on the afternoon of Saturday, November 9 . Attendance on October 10 is not required to attend this workshop.

This experiential workshop, will explore core passion on a deeper level so participants learn more about who they are and what they want in several areas of their lives. The Core Passion® Assessment will give you the words to KNOW who you are. The Passion Vision Action™ process will guide you in discovering what you want and what you’re feeling called to do. When you have a vision driven by passion and purpose, your actions and activities create powerful results.

More information will be available at the October 10 event and on our website soon.

Come join us at the Island of Discarded Women!!!
- Submitted by Barb Regnier
Join Sue Scott and the cast on Sunday, October 13th with special guest LORNA LANDVIK, comedian and author. The podcast is taped LIVE on the second Sunday of each month at the French Meadow's Nord Social Hall. Doors open for seating at 5:30 PM and taping is from 7:00-8:30 PM. You can order drinks and food from the French Meadow's organic menu and bar at your table. If you do plan on eating, I suggest you get there early. 
The evening starts out with a little repartee with the cast. Mixing radio theater satire, original songs, and inspiring conversations with women who share their personal stories, Island of Discarded Women delves into what it takes for us to reawaken our power after feeling tossed aside, swept under the rug or deleted. Then Sue will interview her guest. 
What to do!  Buy your ticket - then let Jill know you are going at jill.goski@gmail.com .

We can all try to meet up at 5:30 for dinner when the doors open.

Tickets are only $10.00 General Admission.
These shows sell out!!! Purchase tickets HERE .
September Event Recap
On Saturday, September 7, fifteen women enjoyed a lovely morning at Debra's home in Circle Pines. Debra had invited Mary Jo Meadow to talk with us about mindfulness. Mary Jo is 83 years young and has been engaged in teaching mindfulness for over 30 years. She was a delightful woman and helped us understand the benefits of practicing mindfulness. We also enjoyed a potluck brunch and shared wellness tips. Thanks to Debra for hosting this lovely event.
On September 25, fifteen members attended our first “Get Connected” event in a private room at the Perkins Restaurant at 494 & France Ave. Terri facilitated a gratitude writing and reflection exercise. Throughout the evening the room was buzzing with conversations and an occasional burst of laughter. By the end of our gathering it was easy to ponder being grateful for these remarkable women and the connections we experienced.
Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
Transition Peer Groups (TPGs)
(SIGs and TPGs available with paid membership only)
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are topic or activity-focused. There is no limit to the groups that can be created because they all originate with and are guided by members! If you have an idea for a new SIG and would like to find out if others are interested, please contact Jill Goski at jill.goski@gmail.com .

Transition Peer Groups (TPGs) are small groups who meet to discuss topics from career transitions to changing family relationships to the benefits and challenges of aging. Each group selects its own topics and shares group facilitation and guidance. TTN provides resources to help these groups get started and flourish. There is always an opportunity for the formation of new peer groups in a different geographic location and/ or around specific topics. If you are interested in joining or starting a TPG, please contact Barbara O’Sullivan at Barbara.osullivan@hotmail.com .

Just a friendly reminder:  We always welcome new women to check out our SIGs and 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. Joining is easy and economical. Just go to the TTN website - Click Here!
Transition Peer Groups (TPGs)
NewTransition Peer Group Forming
Informational meetings were held in September in the south and west metro areas to explore interest in starting peer groups in those areas. We are recruiting more members to join these groups. Peer groups are great opportunities to connect with other TTN members to explore and discuss the transitions we are experiencing at this point in our lives. Both groups are currently open to daytime or evening meetings depending on preferences of the majority. If you are interested in joining either of these groups or have questions, please contact Barbara O’Sullivan at Barbara.osullivan@hotmail.com .
Transition Peer Group – Life Animated
- Submitted by Sylvia Mohn
Five members of the peer group met in September for a discussion about grandparents led by Eleni. We looked at the role of grandparents in our lives including our relationships to our grandparents and grandchildren. Some discussion themes emerged of grandmothers providing a safe space, a place to get individual attention if you came from a large family, and learning new skills such as games, crafts, school subjects, etc. The role of grandparents today: they want to be useful to children and to be integrated into the family.

September 10. Highland Park Library, Teen Meeting Room on the ground floor. 10:15 AM-12:15 PM. Topic: Journaling/memoir writing, led by Julie. What are the benefits and purpose of journaling? Recording/saving your story and memories.

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 Living with Purpose Transition Peer Group met on September 26, after our summer hiatus, at the Maplewood Library. We welcomed two new members and shared our summer highlights with each other. We brainstormed topics for our upcoming meetings. Several members from our group plan to attend the October 10 event with Lori Palm on Passion and Purpose and/or the November follow up event. Since this topic is so closely connected to our group's focus, we plan to continue to build on what we learn, especially from the passion and purpose assessment which will be a highlight of the November 9th follow up workshop. However, attending these two events will not be essential to participate in our TPG discussions. We will incorporate some of our favorite past discussions on "hygge", prepping for winter months, and our vision boards as well as other topics as the year unfolds.

The October 24 meeting will be held at Roseville Library in the Board Room from 6:30-8:00 PM. Janet Mandelstam who is one of the founding members of the San Francisco TTN Chapter will be in town visiting that week and is interested in attending TTN events. We will invite her to our meeting. The focus of our discussion for this meeting is "How where we grew up influenced who we became and how we are now as well as where we are going". 

With upcoming holidays, our group will meet November 21 at the Shoreview Library and December 19 at a place to be determined by availability. So please mark your calendars! In January we will be back on track to meet the fourth Thursday of each month from 6:30-8:00 PM.
For more information or questions, please contact Barbara O'Sullivan at Barbara.osullivan@hotmail.com
Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
Adventures in Food SIG - Starting in Early October!
- Submitted by Kathleen Peterson
“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” - Ruth Reichl
Announcing the organizational meeting of the new Adventures in Food SIG:

Date/Time:  Thursday, October 3 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Place:  Byerlys/Lund’s at 7171 France Avenue in Edina - Upstairs Community Room.
Bring: Please bring one favorite recipe or old family recipe to talk about. If you are in need of a meal, there are many options to purchase food or a beverage at Byerlys and bring it up to the meeting. A treat will be served. (They do not allow outside food to be brought in to the meeting room).
We’ve begun to explore the many possibilities for topics, tasting, outings and will welcome all group member ideas as we plan for the coming year. Hope to see you!
If you are interested in attending or for more information, please contact Kathleen Peterson at  kathleenpeterson614@gmail.com.
Movie SIG
- Submitted by Erin Campbell
The Movie SIG had its first outing on Thursday, September 26. We enjoyed lunch at Cowboy Jacks and then went to watch Downtown Abby at the Heights Theater in Columbia Heights. In the future, we will be lunching and seeing a matinee once a month with the day of the week and time varying depending on local theater schedules. We will travel to small theaters across the Twin Cities and each month will be a unique experience!
If you are interested in joining the Movie SIG, please send an email to Erin Campbell at  ecingb@yahoo.com .
Daytime Book Group SIG
- Submitted by Eleni Skevas
The next daytime book club meeting will be on Thursday, October 3, at 10:15 AM at the Shoreview Library in the Book Club Room. Any TTN member is welcome to attend.

The group has chosen the book Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward for discussion. In addition, members will gather at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on Tuesday, October 8, for an 11:30 AM docent-led tour inspired by the book. 

The group has also chosen Becoming by Michelle Obama for discussion on November 7 at 10:15 AM, also at the Shoreview Library. December’s choice is Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Williams, location to be announced.

This group meets in the morning of the first Thursday of the month.

Questions? Contact Eleni Skevas at  eskevs@yahoo.com.
Travel SIG
- Submitted by Julie Efta
In September, six members met for lunch and travel discussion at Holman’s Table in St. Paul. If you have a suggested venue and time for a future meeting, please help plan it.

In October, Karen West is hosting a weekend retreat for a limited number of women at her family cabin in Wisconsin. Travel SIG members were offered the opportunity first and filled the available slots quickly. We hope to schedule more cabin visits throughout the year. Let us know if you would like to host a group in the future.

Marilynne Roberts has offered to help lead the Travel SIG and we welcome her and thank her! She has experience with traveling as a volunteer and has much to contribute. She also recommends two local companies that cater to women who travel and live in Minnesota. Storm Creek sells outdoor lifestyle apparel online only but has two warehouse sales this fall in our area. JunoActive sells plus size activewear online only.

Please email us if you would like to add your name to the growing Travel SIG membership list. Separate emails to members will be sent monthly. We may also post events on a private Facebook group site.

Please also share your ideas and energy for planning future events.

Enjoy the fall colors!

Julie, Debra and Marilynne

Financial SIG
- Submitted by Cyndy Nelson
On Tuesday, September 17, seven women gathered for a highly interactive discussion where we identified financial ideas for a 55-year-old woman who is still employed. We also generated ideas that applied to women of any age regardless of work status.

Our discussion focused on increasing savings including the use of 401K and Roth IRA (working woman only); reducing expenses by reviewing subscriptions or automatic payments to determine if they still “bring you joy”, revisiting insurance costs, and focusing on conscious spending (getting rid of recurring expenses that cost a lot, but don’t “bring you joy”). For women who are no longer working, we discussed the benefits of a Roth Conversion while one is in a lower tax bracket. We briefly touched on the housing question, but decided to table that topic until after our February educational event with Della Johnson.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, October 15, 7:00-8:30 PM at the Ramsey County Library at 2180 North Hamline Ave, Roseville. We will be in the Board Room on the second floor. Jan will lead a discussion on our attitudes about money based on the book How to Worry Less About Money by John Armstrong. The book is available on Amazon, but you don’t need to read to attend meeting.
Our November meeting is Tuesday, November 19, 7:00-8:30 PM at the Ramsey County Library at 2180 North Hamline Ave, Roseville. We will be in the Board Room on the second floor.

The purpose of this group is to increase our personal financial literacy. The knowledge of members about financial topics varies from beginner to more experienced. Our topics will be selected based on what individual members are interested in. We meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM. New members are welcome. Come and give it a try.
Please email Cyndy at  clnelson03@gmail.com if you are interested in joining us, have ideas for topics, or have questions.
Evening Book Club SIG
- Submitted by Gretchen Bratvold and Lisa Nabbefeld
Six members of the TTN Evening Book Club met on September 10 at Jerris’ home. We discussed the book Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Since only one of us had finished the book and since we were having such a great discussion on it (mostly the first half), we decided to continue the discussion into the second half of the book next month. Hopefully this will enable others to discuss it as well as allow us to finish the book. We all loved the author’s intertwining of her profession as a botanist, her personal life story, and her Native American culture, as well as her reflections on cultural stories and ways of thinking, on the cycles of life, and on the roles older women can play in preservation of the earth. The book is beautifully poetic, sometimes humorous, and achingly honest at other times. We shared and discussed many passages and reflected on the magical moments the natural world holds for us when we stop to notice, and the importance of finding small ways to incorporate appreciation and preservation of the earth into our daily lives. 

Next meeting is Tuesday, October 8 at Karen’s home. We will continue our discussion of Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, focusing mostly on the second half of the book.
The group selected the following books for the next few months: 
  • November - Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past by Diane Wilson 
  • December - Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 
  • January - Sula by Toni Morrison (in honor of her passing)
We also added the following to list to read when they are available in soft cover: 
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The discussion is always lively, the members are a fun group of women. Come join us!
For more information, contact Group Coordinator, Grace Bartholet at gbartholet@gmail.com .
Art Appreciation SIG
- Submitted by JeNell Jacobson
If you are interested in discovering more about the local art scene, join the ART APPRECIATION SIG. Together we will experience many types of creative expression: paintings, pottery, sculpture, textiles. We usually meet on weekday afternoons, occasionally an evening or Saturday. Exhibits are FREE or low cost.

On Sunday, September 8, we enjoyed the great Northern Clay Center’s Annual American Pottery Festival.  

Thursday, October 17, Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis. Anne DeCoster and James Conaway, both notable seasoned abstract artists, will exhibit their work. Meet at 1:00 PM. https://grovelandgallery.com/

If you are interested in participating or want to be on our contact list, contact Tracey Baker at tracey.baker@gmail.com or JeNell Jacobson at jenell@jacobson.org .
Theater SIG
- Submitted by Robin Getman
Seven TTN members attended the matinee performance of Pippin presented by Theatre 55 at Mixed Blood Theater on Saturday, September 28. Five of us met afterwards for a meal and energizing conversation. 

Overall, the performance was not our favorite and still, we wholly support the acting company’s TTN-like mission and vision… Theatre 55 –– Enriching the lives of elders: as artists, audiences, and lifelong learners

Next up: Jimmy and Lorraine: A Musing
Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 3:00PM
Pillsbury House Theatre
3501 Chicago Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407 

Regular priced tickets are listed on the website as $25, or, “Pick-Your-Price”

For information about future events, please join us on our private Facebook group: 

  1. Search “TTN Theater MSP” on Facebook, or insert this link to access the private group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ttntheatermsp/
  2. Not a member of the private FB group yet? Simply request to join the group. The group administrator will receive notification of your request, accept your request, and, you’re in!
  3. When you receive notification that your request has been accepted, jump in:
  • Read and post about what’s hot and happening
  • Suggest an outing for October or November
  • Meet up with us at an outing or post-performance discussion

We look forward to your participation!

Got questions? Need help? Contact Robin Getman at RGetman220@aol.com .
Writer's SIG 1
- Submitted by Julie Efta
This group is closed to new members. Our group meets twice monthly on Friday mornings (October 11 and 25). We also have begun silent writing retreats on some Tuesday mornings (October 1 and 15).

Writing quotation by Anne Frank for reflection:

  There’s something happening everyday but I’m too tired and lazy to write it all down. 

We encourage and will assist others to create more writing groups. Several women have expressed interest but a leader for a second group is still needed.

Please contact Julie Efta for more information or assistance in creating additional groups in the metro area at  teacherjulie.efta@gmail.com .
Urban Hiking SIG
- Submitted by Cyndy Nelson
On Monday, September 16, Jan, Arlette, Cyndy, and Mary Kay enjoyed a walk around Jenson Lake in Lebanon Hills Park in Eagan. It was a beautiful day and a lovely place to walk. We highly recommend this hike and thank Chris D for recommending. We appreciated the nature because Mary Kay was is an expert bird watcher and Arlette noticed some beautiful orange fungus.
We are planning our final outdoor hike of the season for the morning of Monday, October 14, at 10:00 AM. We will be hiking along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. It will be about a three-mile hike. Thanks to Jan for planning the specific route. Please let Cyndy know if you plan to join us at clnelson03@gmail.com .
Depending on interest, we could look at indoor venues during some winter months including the Minneapolis skyway system and the Mall of America.
This seasonal SIG gives us the opportunity to explore and/or introduce others to new locations in the metro area. Our hikes last about 60-90 minutes and we walk at a moderately brisk and steady pace. All are welcome to join us as we walk and talk. We sometimes end our hikes with a stop at a local establishment for a coffee/drink/ice cream. 

Please let Cyndy know if you want to attend and/or have ideas for location. If you are interested in participating in this group, please let Cyndy know if you prefer weekday day, weekday evening, or Saturday hikes. Cyndy can be contacted at clnelson03@gmail.com .