"We are One"
This was pretty exciting for me. Patricia is the best selling author of the Lone Runner, and a Montana native whom I am very proud to call my friend. Hope you can appreciate this as I do.
Once the book gets here, Bobbie, I'll let you know what I think, but DHL must stand for,Don't Hurry Literature, because I ordered 2 weeks ago. Tracking shows it coming though, they changed horses in Marlyland.
sorry its taking so long, marsha
Um. embarrassed. Patricia Nell Warren is the best selling author of The Front Runner.
Thanks for posting this Bobbie!
Cute new profile Robeta
Thanks - the other pic was over tow years old. Due for an update. This one was taken this month.
Bobbie, I got it!
The chapter introductions are wonderful and I see we both like Dan Fogelberg. I always loved "A Place in the Heart of a Gambler" in particular and the verse you quoted prefacing chapter eighteen struck a chord (pardon the pun) because a song was always in this woman's heart, even when I was trying to deny I was a woman in those years of hiding and pretending. I understnd better about what Dan was singing.
I begin reading tonight, and thank you again for baring all to us.
(P.S.) The book came with a marker!)
Marsha - exactly. There is a song in the heart of every transwoman - set it free.
I finished reading the book last week and found it to be an intellectually easy read, but emotionally difficult because the transitioner's story is so often simliar to most others with a few details changed, so yes I shed a few tears for you and for me. What I mean is you wrote the book so it is understandable, and considering you're an attorney, that is a challenge LOL
I found your book also quite refreshing because you paint a true picture of transition which many of us experience and that being of the "pink cloud", many of us begin with, to more of a rain cloud which is the reality one experiences. We love our life as women, but it is a struggle, as all women face including prejudice to our gender.
Your candidness is also so valuable and I believe beniifcial to any who are transitioning because we have preconceived ideas of what life is like "on the other side" however, the process of transition and becoming that women we believe we are is complex and wrought with disappointments which we must face head on.
I found it amusing that you concluded as I did, that being that the best partner for most transwomen is another transwoman. Neither of us sought this type of relationship, it just happened during daily concourse that someone who "got us" and we related to was a gift sent from God. The reason for my amusement is I believe most of us in self deceptive, naivete beleive we will pass so well that the cispopulation will just fall all over us. Yes we late transitioners often look 15-20 years younger than our GG counterparts but there is far more to being a passable woman than having a feminine voice and accruement, one must have the soul of a woman and nothing substitutes for that.
Finally I appreciate your activism, which I know was promted gently by Kyndra and I love the fact too that you beleive God has helped you through transition and you seek God's guidance everyday for the rest of your life as a woman. I am an unabashed Christian who believes Jesus Christ prompted me and assisted me through this journey. Frankly I could guess why God chose this path for me, but I have learned the key point of the Book of Job, "God is God and God does what God will" We walk by faith, and not by sight and that may be the most difficult of all lessons.
One last thing, from the pictures of your "male" life you never looked like a man. The woman was always beneath and surfacing.
Marsha ~ thanks for taking the time to write a review of my book. Would you mind if I posted it on my website (transmontanathebook.com)? Also, it would be great if you go on Amazon and paste a few salient comments if you could.
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