The Washington Times-Herald


April 23, 2014

Monday Afternoon club meets

The Monday Afternoon Club met April 7 at the library. President De Odell led the club collect and pledge to the flag. Members were reminded that next month’s meeting begins with a catered lunch.

Kimberly Wagner gave a commentary on the contrasting styles of spring poetry.

She began with a poem that extolled the beauties of nature with its blooms and freshness.

Connie Gray presented a program on a book by Knox County native Lorene Burkhart. Burkhart was born in the depression era and grew up on a small farm during the World War II years. At that time girls had no thoughts or encouragement for careers, yet she went on to become a teacher, radio and television executive, magazine publisher, then author.

Her decision to write a book was made after reuniting with high school friends for a class reunion.

Musing on the issues women deal with in life, she produced “Bootstraps: How Women Pull Themselves Up Through Tough Times.”

To Burkhart bootstraps are tools, such as faith, family and friends. Women use these tools to deal with child raising, marriage failure, job loss, death of a spouse. Women who were raised to believe in the happy ever after myth actually face challenging issues as they handle life. She found that few women want to talk about their grief, they prefer to be brave to the end. She portrays courageous women who survive nightmares and find untapped strength. Each chapter ends with a “boot kicker,” a gem of wisdom for overcoming unsettling events of life.

Also attending were Vicki Bubalo, Sue Colbert, Martha Corn, Helen Dashnaw, Diane Gill, Carol Gregory, Kitty Lawson, Fran Neal, Betty Norris, Jodi Parsons, Julie Bassler, Linda Cornelius, Janet Goodwin, Jan Smith and guest Rita Thompson.

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