The Conversation Club

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September 25, 2000

Dear Carol,

    Thank you for your charming letter. I am thrilled that my book has inspired something so enriching as a women's conversation group. I was part of a mothers-of-daughters book group, which only lasted a year. I wish we could have kept it going, as you have, simply as a regular occasion for conversation. I guess the book angle got in the way. I always had something I was reading and didn't want to put it down to read an "assigned" book. Plus, we would only talk about the book for a while and then drift off to general topics. But it was such a great group of women, and I always came away enriched and energized.

    In it's place, I have joined a professional women's breakfast club. This one has been going on for some time, and the members support each other professionally and personally. I do think that groups like that, where women get together and share their thoughts, hopes and dreams are a truly wonderful thing. I suspect you have noticed the subjects discussed change over the years - as your kids get older, your lives change. How lovely to have grown and changed together!

    I am quite honored by your invitation to join you for dinner, but the distance (and my schedule) do not permit me to accept it. Consider me an honorary attendee, though. You can each have an extra slice of cake for me!

Sincerely yours,
Diane Stanley