Tell Us About Your Friends

We invite you to share your thoughts here on the Ames girls’ story, or to tell us about your own group of friends. (If there’s a follow-up project, we may be back in touch for more details. Thanks!)

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(349) Julie Duff
Wed, 24 February 2010 16:10:44 +0000

I just finished the book last night; my 10 year-old daughter asked, "Mom, how does one book make you laugh one day and cry the next!" That pretty much wraps it up for me. I grew up in Des Moines during the same time you all grew up in Ames. I then went to ISU and stayed there for 7 years. So all the references to places, streets, concerns about radiation, concerts, fraternity parties, consequences of fraternity parties, were all like snapshort of my memory. I too had friendships that will always follow with me, some as close as yours, some that have faded. Your story has made me realize how important those women are to me. A story or two has helped me understand some of my friendships now as a woman in her mid-40's. Thanks Cathy. Just this morning I connected with a few of my old friends through facebook (that whole thing is a little weird for me, but I'm giving in to technology if that is the way I reconnect with my friends). Thank you for sharing your story, your memories and letting all of us in. It was a great ride. (oh, on my way into work today, heard REO Speedwagon and cranked up---I may have blown my speakers). Can't wait to tell the others.

(348) Barbara Lebovitz
Wed, 24 February 2010 02:23:06 +0000

Thank you for words of inspiration. The book is a journey of happy childhood memories I had growing up. I have been fortunate and grateful to keep in touch with girl friends from where I grew up.Now I know why every Thursday is our girl's night out as adults in our 40's and 50's. We do a pot luck once a week. Yoga group of women is a must for building strong relationships with women too. My bonds with adut and childhood women friends are strong and vibrant. Something I hope I taught my duaghter. I decided to share the book with my college age daughter and her girl friends on New Year's Day. The next minute my husband went and bought all of my daughter's friends a copy of the book to take back to college. May you all have many more happy events and memories to share. I wiah all of you the best of health and happiness. Thnak you for your honesty and integrity,

(347) Lois Foster
Mon, 22 February 2010 21:46:37 +0000

I'm 68 years old and still loved the book! I was part of a wonderful group of girls from the class of 1960 in Marion, IA. There were 18 girls. The twins lived in an apartment house along the tracks that was a half block from our high school. Most noons found us there lamenting classes, homework and boys. Since graduation we have lost two of the group. We who have stayed in Marion have stayed in touch and some of those who moved away, too.

This book reminded me of all the feelings a young girl feels in relation to her friends. It was a great read! I'm going to pass the book along to my two daughters who were and are also parts of a greater sisterhood of friends.

Thanks for the memory building skills!!!

Lois Foster

(346) Beth R.
Sun, 21 February 2010 13:57:28 +0000

My mom suggested this book because it reminded her of my group of friends from high school. We are in our mid 40s now. I will be writing each of them a letter telling them about this book and telling each what their friendship has meant to me.

Thank you for reaffirming the importance of our girlfriends!

(345) Diane
Fri, 19 February 2010 21:37:44 +0000

I just finished reading the book and it really hit home. I laughed and cried!. Our group consists of 6 women with our friendships going back 40 + years. We are all in the same state (MI) except for one who just moved to Arizona 2 years ago. She is home this week for a visit and we will be getting together for some good laughs and some good cries! I have a special closeness with one of the girls who is more like my sister( who I lost 21 years ago )than my best friend. She more than the others has helped me through so many heart wrenching moments as well as many wonderful moments and I don't know how I would have made it through my life without her by my side! I will be giving the book to her this weekend for her to read and then pass it on to the others. I loved the 'Pebble Game" and may make one up for us to do when we get together. Thank you for sharing your life with us and reminding us that there is no greater friendship than that of our girlfriends! Praying that Kelly and Angela ( as well as the others) stay healthy!

(344) Dottie Anderson
Fri, 19 February 2010 18:06:16 +0000

Thanks...Just THANKS !!!

(343) Wendy Seckler
Tue, 16 February 2010 05:20:51 +0000

I finished reading the book on February 15,2010.I started reading the book when I was going to go through surgery to remove my left ovary and I was very scared and I really connected with the Ames Girls/Ames Women. When I was reading, I connected with Karla because of her daughter Christie. I had my daughter on January 9,1997 and Christie shared my daughter's birthdate. I felt very connected maybe because they shared a bithdate and then I read the rest of Karla's story and you lost Christie at 14. My daughter just turned 13 this year. I cried through the rest of that chapter and I felt everything you went through. I'm sorry about your loss.I went on reading this book and you all have touched my life and I did wish I had friendships like that in my life. I'm grateful that I could share your life experiences and to hear the outcomes of Kelly and Angela and I'm glad all is well. Take Care and Be Safe.....Wendy

(342) Barbara Phillips
Mon, 15 February 2010 21:48:43 +0000

I am still friends with some of my high school buddies almost 50 years later, but I realize that though we now keep in touch, we missed a lot through our 20's - 40's. we've been through some of the same things.

I was so glad to read the updates on Kelly and Angela, as I have been worried about them since I finished your wonderful story a few days ago. You go, girls.

(341) Pam Francione
Mon, 8 February 2010 19:48:44 +0000

After reading the comments from my friend Tina, I just had to respond. I bought the book for myself and my two best friends to reaffirm and strengthen our friendship. I'm happy tosay it worked! We have been through so many ups and downs in our life, but our friendship has remained constant. Thank you Ames girls for having the courage to share your story with the world. We all need good friends.

(340) becky varone
Mon, 8 February 2010 17:26:58 +0000


I have a wonderful group of 9 girlfriends. We all met in our 30's and 40's through our place of employment--a social service agency. Now we are in our 50's and 60's. We all live in the Twin Cities area in MN so we get together often to celebrate birthdays or go on short trips. 2 of our group members have lake cabins so we often take trips to one of the cabins.
I really enjoyed reading the book and it made me wonder about the importance of female relationships for my mother and grandmother....

(339) Susan Levy
Sun, 7 February 2010 14:26:01 +0000

I enjoyed reading about the girls from Ames, I am three years older and also have ten friends from High School that have been getting together annually for the last ten years. Many of the ten have been friends since Kindergarten. We are from Alexandria, VA so we do not have the same small town experience but we have a lot of the same sharing and growing together life moments.

I was amazed by all the similarities of us and the Ames group. Definitely the sharing support of female relationships but also breast cancer, the loss of a 7 year old niece to a brain tumor which we all followed, parents passing away and divorce. We discussed writing a book five years ago and did not do it - at least not yet. We also have the picture of laying in a circle all heads in the middle...

We usually get together in VA since all but myself continue to live in that State. This we will all turn 50 and we are headed to St Johns for a week!

Good luck to the Ames Women!

(338) Tina Victory
Wed, 3 February 2010 16:43:08 +0000

My great wonderful friend Pam, of about 18 years, gave this book to me and another friend as a gift. At dinner the other night she stated "we really don't know very much about each others childhood." The next day after thinking about the conversation, I felt very sad. This week, we have been sharing emails about our childhoods. This is a wonderful gift. The meaning behind the book will bring people closer and provide the conversation for a deeper relationship. Growing up in the military, I often wish I had lifelong friends. The friendships that I have with my friends I treasure. We have watched each other grow from being young parents, going through college together in later year and watching one another age. Thanks for letting us into your lives. Tina Victory, Anchorage Alaska

(337) Amy Goyer
Mon, 25 January 2010 02:57:25 +0000

I am reading the book and every 5 minutes I find myself saying "Oh my gosh this could be US!" I grew up in Athens, Ohio (yes the home for Ohio University where Jane got her graduate degree and met her husband!)and graduated from AHS (our was Athens, not Ames) in 1979. A very similar town to Ames, a college town surrounded by rural hills and yes, quite a few corn fields. We had so many similar adventures and I am still close with a large group of girlfriends I grew up with. We just had our 30th HS reunion this summer. Thank you for sharing your lives and reminding me of the love and shared history that I have with my Athens girls. No newer friends have that history or aspect of knowing the "original me" and how I've evolved. I'm telling all my friends to read the book before we get together again!

(336) Emily
Mon, 25 January 2010 00:45:25 +0000

I just finished reading The Girls from Ames tonight. I came across this book while flipping the pages of People Magazine one day a few weeks ago. As I read the book, I was able to envision my friends today, as Seniors in high school, tomorrow and in the future. Reading this book meant the world to me; because, as i read it, it gave me faith that my friends and I could overcome the odds of what people have always told me. "You'll never be friends with the people you were friends with in high school." I know we will be friends in the years to come, and in the lifetimes ahead. We are the future girls from Ames. Though the stories from our lives will vary from the eleven girls chronicled, the meaning will be the same, the love and laughter will be the same, and our bond will be just as strong. The single difference, we are "The Girls from Medford."

(335) Janet Scmitz
Sun, 24 January 2010 17:53:58 +0000

Sir- Am really enjoying your book...I am in a group of "girls" who have been friends since 1937!! My sister is also in a group of "girls" who have been friends since 1942! My group has been getting together for a weekend for the past 17 years...we all spread out after graduating from Teaneck High School( NJ) and going off to college and living our lives...17 years ago one of our "sorority" sisters got us together and we have been doing this for 17 years now..there are now 7 of us ( one has passed away) and we are 78!! We have a 60th THS reunion coming up in Sept. 2010...we lived in a suburban town with 7 elementary schools and got together at various stages..5 of the group went from K thu 12 together...We were children of the Great Depression and grew up during a way we were lucky..non of us had fathers who were in WWII, all of us lived in single family homes, and none of our dads were out of work!! We figured that out a couple of years ago...we were luck! All of us were married once except one "girl" who lost her husband when he was 34...she did remarry. I am the only widow in the group at this point..I love the book and see all of us...we are friends..warts and all..some were closer than others mostly to do with where we lived in our town...we had a high school sorority..not all of us were "best friends" all the time with the same two closest friends passed away before the age of 50! We also had one Jewish girl in our inner circle...she is still the one we plan our annual "Jersey Shore" gathering around...her Holy Days being what we work around! She lives in Ill...and has to come to NJ...I am going to get my sister to write to you about her group..mostly K-12 "girlfriends" who are now 73! Thank you for the book....

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