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Transition Peer Groups

Our Transition Peer Groups (TPGs) continue to meet monthly using Zoom. Currently there are three peer groups: daytime groups in the east and west metro area and an evening east metro group. Each group has a unique focus. Check out each group's description in this newsletter. All groups welcome new members. Peer groups focus on mutual support and encouragement in an environment of confidentiality, compassion, and respect. We continue to explore opportunities to add new peer groups either geographically or by topic.

If you are a TTN member interested in joining an existing TPG, please let the contact person for that group know. If you have ideas for a new TPG or have general questions, please email Barbara at barbara.osullivan@hotmail.com or Grace at gbartholet@gmail.com and we will get back to you and set up a time to talk. We look forward to hearing from you.

Just a friendly reminder: We always welcome new women to check out our 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.

TRANSITION PEER GROUP - Life Animated
 
- submitted by Sylvia Mohn

The Life Animated TPG met on July 9 via Zoom to continue the topic of compartmentalization.
 
Check in topics: Feelings of anxiety, feeling that quarantine is taking control of our lives, feeling a lack of purpose, feeling at odds, no demarcation of days, emotions and feelings that ebb and flow. We discussed how we're coping with immediate families and that the pandemic is putting a spotlight on relationships and expectations. Some women are feeling more dependent on kids than they want to be, while others are irritated by offers of help because it seems like we're not capable of running our lives. And, some of us feel we could do this indefinitely.
 
A discussion of compartmentalization included these thoughts:
  • Procrastination is a form of compartmentalization
  • Compartmentalizing is living in the here and now
  • Working mothers coped by compartmentalizing
  • Managing complicated lives with a lot of balls in the air
We talked about how we're handling socializing in the time of the virus. How do you handle invitations when you want to say no? Some reported not feeling comfortable with neighbors getting together outside, even with chairs six feet apart. Some women are uncomfortable with many things including food and drink, people letting their guard down, viral load in air, or breathing others' air for an amount of time. One member noticed in a walking group that there was a tendency to get closer to other walkers for conversation. Several members of the group thought you should feel okay about doing what's comfortable for you.
 
Our Zoom meeting ended with the exhortation to Stay Positive.
 
Next month topic: Women's rights and suffragettes (19th amendment ratified on August 18, 1920). Zoom meeting Thursday, August 13, at 10:00 AM. Everyone can do preparation that appeals to them, send each other information and links.

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 July Living with Purpose Transition Peer Group meeting focused on the topic of white privilege and anti-racism. We barely scratched the surface of these complex topics. Members shared their reactions to recent podcasts, articles, movies and books on the topic. Personal insights and experiences were shared. Our discussion will be carried over to our next Zoom meeting to be held Thursday August 27, at 6:30 PM. We decided to narrow in on the work of Ta-Nehsi Coates. Some members are reading his books. There are also numerous articles and podcasts available. He has influenced many other authors as well on the topics of racism and social injustice. We always welcome new members.
 
For more information or questions, please contact Barbara O'Sullivan at Barbara.osullivan@hotmail.com

TRANSITION PEER GROUP - West Metro
 - submitted by Terri Evans

The West Metro area TPG met on Monday, July 6. After a check-in with group members, Ginny Jacobson led an excellent discussion of White Privilege and Anti-Racism. Much of the discussion centered around Peggy McIntosh’s article, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” published in 1989. Members discussed ways in which they had experienced "unearned disadvantage” and then ways in which they had experienced “unearned advantage/privilege.” Issues of income, geographic location, body size, education, age, and race among others were discussed. We talked about the importance of educating oneself being the first step in becoming “woke” where these issues are concerned. 
 
Because we felt that our discussion was just the first step in a long journey, we decided to continue the discussion of White Privilege and Anti-Racism at next month’s meeting. Members plan to read or view one of the many resources suggested by group members and then share with the group their takeaways from the experience. The group will meet for this discussion via Zoom on Monday, August 3, from 1:00-3:00 PM.
 
We are open to new members! We meet the first Monday of the month from 1:00-3:00 PM. We are currently meeting via Zoom.

For more information or questions, contact Barbara O’Sullivan at Barbara.osullivan@hotmail.com.