Magical Moments with You!
Ah, 2016, you’ll be remembered for your high-lights and low-lights and yet this has been a year of many magical moments. I want to remember this year for more than the contentious Presidential election, the wars around the globe and the crushing refugee crisis in Europe. They’ve all played a significant role in what’s shaped our year and I also want to remember the many magical moments I’ve spent at Deborah’s Palm, with you. It would take a book, perhaps a novel someday, to recall all the magical moments and I want you to know, they’ve meant so much to me. Please know this past year holds a dear and special place in my heart. Thank you for your advice, kindness, generosity and support!
A Few Magical Moments of 2016
Morning and afternoon laughs and chats; talking about life, kids, transitions, family, and always of hope. These conversations left me feeling empowered, strengthened, and encouraged. Thank you!
Listening to Brown Bag Lunch Speakers, especially, Elizabeth Foggie, as she spoke to us about rituals in our lives and the value they have. Her energy and enthusiasm led me to join her Creative Rituals: Transitions and New Beginnings workshop. Transformational experience. Thank you!
Partnering with the Gunn High School BEAM Program and working with six talented, brilliant and passionate young women who seek to make this world an even better place to live. Their enthusiasm and friendship challenged me to look deeper into how we, as women, can assist them on their journey. Thank you!
Meeting fellow Palo Alto Weekly Grant Recipient, Rose Gibson, Founder of HAGAR and currently the CEO of ILEAD (Initiative for Leadership, Engagement and Development). When I’m with Rose I feel like I’ve known her all my life; trust me, she is a woman you want to know. Her strength, compassion, brilliance and fierceness feed the warrior in me. Thank you!
Sweet Baby Joni who came into our community just a few short months ago. One of our dedicated and beautiful volunteers & instructors, Leslie Brody, told me this past year she was expecting and there was an excitement throughout our village. When Baby Joni arrived it was like meeting a friend you’ve been waiting for such a long time. Each week I’d find myself anticipating her arrival. Watching her growth each week gave me such a kick. This little human being; thriving in the love and comfort of her mother and family. Just makes me cry tears of joy, God bless you, Sweet Joni. Thank you!
We move into 2017 anticipating all good things. Deborah’s Palm will carry on with new programming, hours and the return of our wonderful Founder and returning Executive Director, Katie Ritchey. DP will continue to be your place to find friendship, peace, a laugh and a cup of Joe. Thank you all!
Until we meet again, remember Think Bravely!
Katie Cooney, Executive Director