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Denyse Whelan’s Women of Courage Series

I met Denyse while I was substituting for Terri Webster Schrandt on Sunday Stills. We chatted a bit and found out that we were both retired from years in education. We had also both survived cancer – hers much more serious than mine, and most of all we both love blogging, challenges, and interviewing. So we traded interviews.

I am posting her interview on June 11, 2021 as part of my Challenge Interview Series. She posted my interview yesterday in her amazing Women of Courage Series. You may have read about some of the others that she has interviewed, if so you will understand why I felt it was such an honor to be interviewed on her website.

I got this idea from attending the Newcastle Writers Festival in April 2019 and hearing the wonderful Jane Caro speak about her book Accidental Feminists. IF you ever get a chance to listen to or read Jane’s works they are very good.

What I considered after that day and in the days to come is how we women have a tendency to underplay our achievements and whatever else we are doing in our lives. I know this is changing.

Denyse Whelan

Courage is strength in the face of pain or grief. It’s doing something that frightens you. We face situations that demand courage every day. These situations provide us with choices, and the way we respond to those choices determines our future. 

Dayne Shuda

Continue reading Please leave your comments on Denyse’s blog. I forgot to turn off the comments earlier. 🙂

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  1. This was such a great interview, Marsha! I submitted mine to Denyse which publishes in August. I’m glad you two met through Sunday Stills, I love how all this works in blog land! Women do indeed underplay our achievements as I hinted in my info. The longer I know you, Marsha, the more I am impressed with your story and your life history, which has shaped you into an amazing woman and a GOOD friend! Love ya!

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    • Love ya, too, Terri. Thanks for the kind words. It’s an amazing life, isn’t it? I’m a little sad right now. I watched Two Hearts on Netflix. Don’t watch it for a few weeks. It’s sweet, but a tear jerker.

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      • How lovely to see your post here too Marsha. Very kind of you to take part and now, here it is…popping up at your place. I will be linking your post from my blog to Natalie’s Weekend Coffee Share too once it is live tonight (Friday our time)…warmest wishes and thank you once more for connecting with me too in this way!


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    • Isn’t blogging amazing when we connect with others far far away. If Debbie Harris had not started posting pics for #sundaystills I may not have ever ‘met’ you or Marsha virtually!!

      Thank you for sharing your story, which as you say will be later on this year.


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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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