Lingering Thoughts

Below are some lingering thoughts from Elizabeth Verwey, founder of Spoken Lives. Please click on the blog title to read the complete post. Remember to sign up for our newsletter to get monthly updates, with other resources and special offers. Thanks! Hope to see you soon at an event!

FEBRUARY 2021: Loving in 2021

FEBRUARY 2021: Loving in 2021

I learned as a child that the longest relationship I’ll ever have is with myself. When the month of February rolls around and the marketers start promoting romantic love, I check in with myself to figure out if I’ve made progress on loving myself. There were events in...

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JANUARY 2021: Wow!

JANUARY 2021: Wow!

Welcome to 2021. This new year highlights the fact that the change in the calendar does not change a thing. For the last 40 years, I’ve had concrete goals for each new year and I’d break them down into manageable steps and map them out. Many of my goals this past year...

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DECEMBER 2020: Goodbye to 2020!

DECEMBER 2020: Goodbye to 2020!

This year has taught me many lessons. I’ve learned to spend more time alone. This is the first time in my life that I have spent so much time on my own. As an uber-extrovert, I’m proud to say that I’m getting better at it!

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NOVEMBER 2020: A Year of New Traditions

NOVEMBER 2020: A Year of New Traditions

I get shivers down my spine seeing the leaves fall from the trees, leaving them naked to face the winter elements. I feel lucky that I get to stay inside and if I want to go outside, I can wear as many layers as it takes to feel comfortable. I’m still taking my...

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OCTOBER 2020: Death or a re-birth?

OCTOBER 2020: Death or a re-birth?

Recently, death has been in my face. Ten days ago, I noticed that my neighbours’ keys were in still in his lock, when I walked by his door. I knocked and called to him. When he didn’t answer, I made sure the door was unlocked and slipped the keys through his mail slot. I texted him to let him know what I’d done. No reply.

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Thank you, Irma!

Thank you, Irma!

I was thrilled when Irma Paredes called me to inquire about launching a Spoken Lives chapter to highlight the stories of Spanish speaking women. Yes! She got busy and brought the women she knew together and hosted a couple of wonderful live events before COVID hit....

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SEPTEMBER 2020: I want to be like her when I grow up

SEPTEMBER 2020: I want to be like her when I grow up

A few years ago, I told Razie Brownstone, "I want to be like you when I grow up". She laughed out loud. I was in my 60's and she was in her 90's. She's an inspiration to me! Modest, and so beautiful (inside and out!). Razie Brownstone is a fiercely independent woman...

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AUGUST 2020: All Grown Up!

AUGUST 2020: All Grown Up!

My first born is turning 40 this month! His birthday is two days after mine and I'm turning 64. Remember the song by the Beatles. "Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 64"? My "was-band" and I used to sing it to one another and even inserted 64...

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JULY 2020: Largely Inattentive Parents

JULY 2020: Largely Inattentive Parents

July 1st marked a decade since my Mother died. She regularly told me "I'm going to die when I'm 89". When I'd ask her how she knew, she'd say "That's how old my Mother was when she died". I'd try to convince her that she was healthier than her Mother and that life...

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JUNE 2020: A peek into my romantic relationship…

JUNE 2020: A peek into my romantic relationship…

I am a white woman who has been in a committed romantic relationship with a black man for the past 7 years and it offers me precious insights into racism and race relations. I would like to share a few vignettes at this point in our love story. We are regularly stared...

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