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Over a year ago I heard for the first time the name Cleo Wade and about her book, Heart Talks.

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At the time, I am pretty sure I mentioned I “had read it”, or “was reading it,” whatever. I took a full page of notes on the wisdom contained within this little book, but never reviewed it on PWR. On the page in my notebook, I have scribbled that I re-read these notes on 3/8/21, and again on 6/29/21. I want to take a moment and share these notes, remarks, and scribbles with you, reader.

“Every human being who celebrates her differences can make a difference.” Cleo Wade ” Take the pieces of your broken heart and fit them into the jigsaw of your life.” (same)

I have noted a phrase I wish to work into a blog post or a conversation sometime by the author, Wade: “…swim in the waters of the world.”

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Wade listed some questions to ask oneself:

“Am I fearless?” Next to this I made a note to myself, “I need to be more fearless.” Wade gives the definition of “fearless” as, “To be fearless is to be afraid of something but to do it anyway.” Perhaps this would be a good word to chose in 2023 for my year’s word. Hmmmm…

“What is authenticity?” I need to think about this one, to ponder the question, to “turn it inside out in verbal euphoria” (a phrase I wanted to incorporate from an early feminist activist), to muse on the term, “authenticity.”

“What are my needs?” I actually have all my needs provided for. I am content, and even my “wants” are simple, inexpensive and attainable. Throughout the past two weeks since My Better Half’s passing, I have said over and over, “God does provide, PTL!”

Adding one last question to the list from Real Simple magazine:

“What will make me happy today?” Taking things day by day has been my modus operands that has brought me through this tough time.

And a final quote scribbled at the bottom reads “It is never too late to become the person you’ve always wanted to be.” At the advanced age of 77, this is an encouraging message from an inspiring author–Cleo Wade.


Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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  1. First, let me say how sorry I am about the loss of your better half. I had no idea and my heart goes out to you Rae. 🤗🤗 This book sounds like it has some profound ideas and questions to get everyone thinking and reflecting. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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