Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Shameless Oprah Plug

I've given hints here and there in the past but I am now fully proclaiming that I am an Oprah fan. I'm not saying I always agree with her or drop everything for whatever person/place/thing she is promoting at the moment (I have some self respect - I only obey her command 99% of the time :)). Hey, love her or hate her she is a force to be reckoned with. I for one feel that she has opened my eyes to a great many things and has helped me to see the world (specifically the immediate world around me) in a different, much improved light.

I have to say that I have never gotten into her book club - I don't buy the books or purposely read them. After hearing about A New Earth I did the opposite and immediately went to the bookstore. I haven't gotten all the way through it yet but it is a very fascinating and eye opening read that I highly recommend. It talks about the ego and how we mistake the ego as our true selves and how to separate the two. As you may know, Oprah is conducting a 10 week online class with the author. The first class was last night and was very enlightening (when the feed wasn't stalling on my screen that is!). I look forward to continuing on this journey and seeing where the road takes me.

While I'm promoting others - I also want to again give a shout out to Bill at Loving Her Beautiful. Bill lost his father this past week and I know he would appreciate hearing from supportive blog friends. I want to also remind everyone that Bill is putting together a publication entitled I Never Got To Thank You. You can read all about it here. Bill is in need of 100 thank you letters by March 31. To date he has 5. Let's all help him out! He has wonderful charitable intentions with this project. It doesn't have to be a three page letter - my letter was actually very short. And it does not have to be something that you actually send to the person (just send it to Bill!). I wrote my thank you to a retired soldier that I began writing to during Desert Shield. This is what I wrote:

Dear Fred,

Thank you for taking the time to indulge a young girl. I thought I was doing a good thing by writing to the troops during Desert Shield/Desert Storm but you showed me. From the first vile of Saudi Arabian sand to the handmade cartoons and all of the letters, you became a father figure. You welcomed me into your family though you were a world away and we would never actually meet. I so looked forward to receiving your letters and would check the mail box each day. I want you to know that I still have all of your letters, drawings, and cards. They are all neatly tucked away in a box, a snapshot of history I would like to think.

Much love,

See - short, sweet, and to the point. Consider sending your contribution to Bill today!

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming - I'll post some mail goodies and lovelies I've been working on later this week.



Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

Hey Karla, I love oprah too!! And I wanted to get that book but haven't yet. It is an amazing story anyway.

What a beautiful thank you letter Karla.


kecia said...

my mom recently had to put her beloved doggie, Muppet, to sleep. Muppet was her constant companion of 13 years, so mom is going through a lot of grieving and at the same life changes. she says she's been reading this book and quite inspired. so hopefully it will lead her to where she needs to go.

Lori said...

ok, i do not watch Oprah, but i do like to read, i will check it out...i HAVE read lots of the Oprah book club books and they were always good...i am sorry to hear about Bill's father, i will stop over and visit.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sugar Bear,

Great post. I love the letter to Fred! It was truly heartwarming. Can I borrow that book when your done? :-)

Love ya,

Natasha Burns said...

Hi Karla,
I'm a bit of an Oprah fan too, don't get to watch it a lot but do enjoy what I see most of the time!
I like her book choices and have read a few of them.
Love that letter you wrote to Fred!

Jenn said...

Oprah is GREAT! I really like her a lot!! I don't watch much anymore either, but I still love her.

I love your letter to Fred. Gives new meaning and dimension to "hero".

The books sounds beautiful. ;-)


Kelley said...

Thank you for your Oprah plug, I have been a fan for years and am always surprised when a friend expresses a negative about Oprah. I have always wanted to go to an Oprah show and after 15 years I am going next Monday. I am so looking forward to it. Did you log in to the web cast about the book?I would be interested if anyone has and what they thought. Unforunately I was not able to attend.

Rosemary said...

Hi Karla,
I like to watch Oprah!!
I haven't read that one yet.
You enjoy!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

I just bought the book too. I am looking forward to reading it.

Heading off to Bills to give my thank you letter...

Amy said...

Hi Karla,
I also am reading this book. This is the first book I have ever read in her book club too. Very deep and interesting. I missed the Monday class but see that we can catch up and watch it on her website. Can't wait for next week's class. Happy reading! Amy

CatHerder said...

I bought and am reading the book also, but missed the first class...Her show isnt always my favorite, but i always watch it when Dr. Oz is on...love your blog

Cece Marie said...

I'm a big Oprah fan too! Just yesterday, at the bank I (half jokingly) told the extremely slow banker to speed it up bc I needed to get home in time for Oprah!

LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

Hi Karla,

Nice post....I don't get to watch often, but always enjoy Oprah when I can. I've heard great things about this book and look forward to reading it.

I just love your page.....your header is just delightfully whimsical!



Angel... said...

Wow...its very lovely letter Karla,

Flea Market Queen said...

The book sounds interesting...I was just thinking today I needed to read a bit more! Get into really good book! Thanks for the heads up...

Adla said...

I'm an Oprah fan too myself ,SUBCONCIOUSLY I tell my hubby,, I heard Oprah say this and Oprah did that...well her show is addictive and covers all issues so I dont blame myself.What a wonderful thing you friend Bill is doing..what a nice letter you wrote to Fred.

chat soon, Adla

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I havent' gotten into this new Oprah book... but I hear it is something. Enjoy!

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