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(184) Debora Fiore
Mon, 13 July 2009 23:26:05 +0000



The six of us met Freshmen year in college. It was Septemeber of 1975 and we were all from different backgrounds and locations. We did have a common bond,we were all studying to be Physical Therapists. Perhaps being together working towards the same goal resulted in the close friendship that we developed.

After graduation we went on a weekend getaway. It was the week before our dear friend-Marie's wedding to her high school sweetheart Pat. Marie would later be known as the mother of the year. She was the first at marriage,having children,buying a home and sending kids off to college. My time with her was early Sunday morning,before everyone got up. We would have our coffee,cream no sugar, and discuss our "issues". She was someone we looked to for advice.

After that weekend we vowed that we would make this a tradition. For the next thirty-three years we got together every summer for a weekend reunion. We always had good food,good laughs and good fun.

We kept a diary of our adventures and read it to each other each year. Over the years we depended on each other to fill in the blanks when we would discuss the diary entries in more detail. Sometimes the story would be different as remembered through the minds of two seperate people.

We have gone through lifes changes with each other. The good,the bad and the ugly. We have supported each other in ways that were comfortable to each of us. We have gone through three decades of life and still remain friends.

This is the thirty-fourth year. We are having trouble with the date. We can not seem to pull a time together that works for everyone. Sadly Marie passed away last year after a long brave battle with cancer. We want to go on,but the planning seems difficult. Somehow we need to keep the promise that we made to each other the week before Marie's wedding. Somehow I will need to get up that Sunday morning,drink my coffee and remember the friend we all lost too soon.

(183) Stephanie
Mon, 13 July 2009 20:37:51 +0000

I am a proud girl from Ames who will always refer fondly to Ames as "home."

My great-great-great-great-great Grandmother Cynthia Olive Duff, owned the ground at one time that Ames was built upon, selling it back to the railroad in the name of progress. Duff and Kellogg Streets bare her married and maiden names.

I was born in Ames in the early 70's, to young parents who had called Ames home for nearly their entire lives, whose parents had also called Ames home for longer.

Ames was a place where I knew every street, every home on that street, nearly every tree and every leaf.

St. Cecilia's served as the school my father was educated in, aunts and uncles before I entered its doors in the mid-70's. It was off to Central Junior High after that.

I remember Boyd's Dairy, walking there weekly to purchase milk in glass bottles and walking home, with an ice cream cone in hand.

I remember the friendships I treasured in that small little town. Angela, Jessica, Dionne, Kris, Stephanie, and me. The trips to Carr's Pool by bike and the stops at my uncle's house for pop from the garage refridgerator.

But most of all, I remembered the day that I had to move away. My 14th birthday, with a Snicker's bar and a candle in it, serving as a makeshift birthday cake, while we followed the moving truck to Sioux City, Iowa.

The Ames friends sadly faded, and new ones emerged to take their place.

Always, always, always, I will fondly remember my days in Ames and the stories that are left to be told from the memories.

(182) Cathy Orr
Mon, 13 July 2009 14:53:10 +0000

I cannot wait to read this book! I am part of a large group of girlfriends that we affectionately call "The Weekenders Ladies Club." We've been friends for years, some old friends, some newer friends, and try to get together as often as possible. We plan trips - this fall we are going to Vegas!!!! It's so important to have close, lasting friendships, and someone that you can tell everything to. It is rare to find such close groups of women, but it's wonderful!!!

(181) peggy davis
Sun, 12 July 2009 22:54:10 +0000

After reading The Girls From Ames, I feel that I should tell you about some friendships from the 1940s that still exist today.This friendship took place at a small private school in Michigan - Hillsdale College.We were all initiated into the same sorority Chi Omega This was the foundation for friendships which have lasted more that 62 years. We have attended each others weddings, welcomed new children into the world. admired each others accomplishments and have always been there for each other in time of need.We meet yearly for a Reunion. We have met in Michigan,New York, San Diego,Mexico and various cruises. As we are aging, long ago retired, we look forward to our annual excursions in nostolgia. We have become less mobil and death has taken many of our husbands.Where we go, what we see, what we do is of little consequence-being together is what really matters.Many of us have turned 80. As with any family, when we lose sisters, we will mourn, but we will continue to celebrate friendship. How enriched all of our lives have been with these cherished friendships!

(180) peggy davis
Sun, 12 July 2009 22:54:09 +0000

After reading The Girls From Ames, I feel that I should tell you about some friendships from the 1940s that still exist today.This friendship took place at a small private school in Michigan - Hillsdale College.We were all initiated into the same sorority Chi Omega This was the foundation for friendships which have lasted more that 62 years. We have attended each others weddings, welcomed new children into the world. admired each others accomplishments and have always been there for each other in time of need.We meet yearly for a Reunion. We have met in Michigan,New York, San Diego,Mexico and various cruises. As we are aging, long ago retired, we look forward to our annual excursions in nostolgia. We have become less mobil and death has taken many of our husbands.Where we go, what we see, what we do is of little consequence-being together is what really matters.Many of us have turned 80. As with any family, when we lose sisters, we will mourn, but we will continue to celebrate friendship. How enriched all of our lives have been with these cherished friendships!

(179) Lauren
Sun, 12 July 2009 20:17:01 +0000

I don't have any friends. Well, Girl friends anyway. Being a 22 year old female you'd think my life would be full of girl friends, but its not. I don't know why-- I come from a nice, accepting, big family (I"˜m one of 12). My mother taught me right: how to share, how to keep a decent conversation in progress, when to wear white, always smile ("even when you're showing too much cleavage" ), and most importantly how to treat people. I've very content and lucky to have my boyfriend, Travis, who I can tell anything to. Even though he's my best friend, I still wish I had that group of spunky, fun girls to get rowdy and take cute pictures with.
I look forward to reading the Girls of Ames. Within the next I'm planning on picking up my life here, in Missouri, and move to Ames where I will attend Iowa State University. I'm hoping this book with give me the motivation and confidence I need for my new beginning. I look forward to new things to come. Most importantly, I look forward to new friends to come.

(178) Leslie Hope
Sun, 12 July 2009 06:19:38 +0000
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In early October I'll be celebrating our 65th birthdays with a group of my girl friends from Sunny Hills High School in Orange County CA.We were in the first graduating class and all were involved in student government. We're renting a beach house near San Diego that belongs to a cousin of one of the girls. We also got together to celebrate our 60th birthdays--spent four days in Cambria. Some of us have been together since grade school. I was a relative latecomer, having met everyone in freshman year of high school. Our occupations are doctor, lawyer, professor, rancher, economist (retired), arts administrator, heir (works part time in a bank for health insurance). Some are married, some divorced; some have children (and grandchildren), others don't. Three of us graduated from UCLA, one from Cal, one from USC, one from University of Colorado and one from a CSU. We've done remarkably well considering we didn't have the benefit of title 9. It's amazing what we learned about each other's family situations once we grew up and started talking to one another about the things we concealed in high school. Oh, and we're not all on facebook either, but we've somehow managed to stay connected. None of us live in Orange County anymore, and a couple of us live out of state.

(177) mary ann montgomery
Sun, 12 July 2009 02:38:11 +0000

I wanted to send you our picture. We are from St Paul,MN & we have grown up together since Kindergarten. We went to Kindergarten in 1952. Girls have come & gone but we remain friends. we got together recently because one of us had a stroke & we all wanted to connect & encourage & help. We decided to start a book club even tho most of us were already in a book club. The girl who had the stroke chose The Girls From Ames for our book. So, we are now reading your book & plan to have a pajama party at my cabin (where we all grew up hanging out at, learning to water ski, chasing the local boys)for our book club discussion. So Thanks for giving us a jump start with The Girls From Ames. From, The Girls From St Paul!

(176) Susan
Fri, 10 July 2009 03:01:49 +0000

Loved the book and have recommended it to my Grove Girls.(Yes, we still call ourselves girls.) We started out as a group of six and grew to a group of ten by the end of high school. That was 42 years ago. Most of us have stayed in touch via Christmas cards and class reunions and three of us live in the same town. We reconnected by way of the internet after our 40th class reunion when one of our group was in a battle with cancer. Later that year we had a weekend slumber party right before Christmas. We have shared college, marriages, children, and wonderful grandchildren. We love and support each other and share in each other's happiness and sadness. When one of the group is facing a hard day we wear red shoes and yellow LiveStrong wrist bands to keep the good vibes going. We are reaching the milestone of our 60th birthday this year but we are still "girls" to each other.

(175) Cheyenne
Fri, 10 July 2009 01:31:59 +0000

Hi,

WOW! I just happen upon this book and so thankful i did. Many parts of this book brought tears to my eyes. I could not out it down. I am 25 years old yet i was able to relate to so many parts of this book. Karla mostly as i too lost my daughter. Reading about her pain and how she has been so strong has been so encouraging and strenthing. Reading this book has really made me think about the kind of friend i am to my girl friends. I found myself wishing i knew them and could call upon them for advice....I dont know them, still they have impacted my life by sharing their stories.
So thank you! Thank you for letting millions of strangers in on things you have all shared together.

(174) Judy Dodier
Thu, 9 July 2009 13:46:54 +0000

I completely enjoyed this book. I laughed and cried. I feel like they are my friends now. Relating to the book's stories was fantastic as I too have 6 girlfriends(we call ourselves the Sensational Seven we even created a logo!!) We are so similar in fact, we came from AMESbury, Massachusetts and we graduated just one year after the girls from Ames in 1983 and people in high school were not always found of our unique bond. We gather once a quarter for dinner or drinks and have a girls annual weekend. We clebrated our 40th in Las Vegas! I am recommending that it is a mandatory read for the Sensational Seven!

(173) Judy Dodier
Thu, 9 July 2009 13:46:37 +0000

I completely enjoyed this book. I laughed and cried. I feel like they are my friends now. Relating to the book's stories was fantastic as I too have 6 girlfriends(we call ourselves the Sensational Seven we even created a logo!!) We are so similar in fact, we came from AMESbury, Massachusetts and we graduated just one year after the girls from Ames in 1983 and people in high school were not always found of our unique bond. We gather once a quarter for dinner or drinks and have a girls annual weekend. We clebrated our 40th in Las Vegas! I am recommending that it is a mandatory read for the Sensational Seven!

(172) e claflin
Wed, 8 July 2009 20:10:49 +0000

As I have just finished reading The Girls from Ames, I spent some time reflecting upon my own childhood and relationships with friends/women in my life that helped shape me into the person I am today. I, too, grew up in a small, rural, upstate NY lake town. The cornfields and the description of Billy's death resonated with me because I was always fearful of such County Road intersections, and for that very reason.

It pleases me to read about a group of women who have bonded so well that they truly are part of one another and the essence of their being. Wonderful that they still share this connection today. However, I also have many painful memories growing up caused by the very same types of "girl groups". They were a force to be reckoned with in elementary, junior high, and again in high school. As a middle school educator, I make it my duty to be aware of such a "group mentality" that can quite easily crush those young girls just trying to get through adolescence. So often a flippant remark from or exchange with those perceived as the "popular group" ends up social suicide for those on the outside. Unfortunately, they leave lasting scars.



(171) Rita Keeling
Wed, 8 July 2009 12:04:08 +0000

From the moment this book was released, I thought to myself, this book is just like the friendship I share with 9 other girls. We, too, grew up in a small, no name town called Hamilton, Ohio, which is just north of Cincinnati. We are just a few years older, graduating in 1983. A few of us have known each other since Kindergarten. As we got older and moved onto Junior High and High School, are friendships sort of "merged". We still keep in touch, mostly by email. It's not easy for all of us to get together but we all know that we will always be there for each other. We celebrated our 30th birthdays at Jodi's home in Louisville, Kentucky. We had our picture taken on the steps of her front porch. It is almost a carbon copy of the picture which appears on the back cover of the book. I loved this book and thought of my girlfriends throughout the entire story. I am so grateful for what we call our "High School" friends. From all of the friends that I have met AFTER High school, cannot believe that 10 of us still keep in touch. It truly is special. Thank you so much for sharing your story.

(170) Jeanne
Wed, 8 July 2009 02:44:36 +0000

I met my 6 college roommates at University of Northern Iowa in 1973. 7/11/09 I am having my retirement party....all 6 girls are coming to Ohio for the party - and they have rented this book on tape for the trip from Ames/Cedar Rapids! I LOVED this book (and The Last Lecture) because I totally saw us 7 girls in every page & story. We too have taken pictures at our 30th birthday year and then reinacted the exact picture at our 40th and our 50th years! It's just an almost indescribable special special bond to have girlfriends like this. (My heart & prayers go to Kelly & Angela to BEAT their breast cancer!!)


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