Transformation Soup

Transformation Soup

Transformation Soup

Healing for the Splendidly Imperfect

This is a book of questions & discoveries. I am eccentric and ordinary, streaked with “garden variety” neuroses. Let’s explore together, holding hands, and see what healing is all about. There is much to heal and a lot to laugh about.

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Part Two: A Mighty Woman Soaring On

Part Two: A Mighty Woman Soaring On

Maya flowerDear Radiant Soul,

I’ve been writing about some of my personal experiences being mentored by Dr. Maya Angelou.

You can read that post here. I’ve loved your comments and reflections and so appreciate reading them.

In this post, I’m going to share what happened when I went to do a national TV show in Canada.

I arrived at the TV studio with my friend Adrienne, who was acting as my assistant for this occasion. There were 2 dressing room doors- one said SARK on it, and the other said Dr. Maya Angelou. It felt like such a fantasy.

Adrienne immediately said, “Oh good, let’s have you meet Maya!”

Almost instantly, my inner 13 year old appeared. I felt myself contort into the same body language I remember from that awkward time in my life, and I said, “No, she probably won’t remember me….” And I began trying to scurry away.

Adrienne spotted Dr. Angelou’s assistant- an officious looking man in a khaki suit, holding a clipboard. She went right over to him and said,

“SARK would like to meet Dr. Angelou.”

I felt mortified.

He looked down at his clipboard, mumbled something as he opened the door to her dressing room.

The next thing I heard was him saying, “Dr. Angelou? There’s a SERK here to see you.”

Now I really felt mortified- by mispronouncing my name, I felt SURE that she would never remember me.

I then heard Maya’s distinctive voice saying loudly,
“SARK? SARK is here? Where is she? I want to meet that woman!”

She came roaring out of that dressing room and came right over to me, scooped me up and stuffed me right under her armpit, while simultaneously rubbing the top of my head, saying, “You smartie patootie! You smartie patootie!”

I couldn’t believe it was happening. I’m fairly tall, and I felt diminutive in her exuberant embrace.

It was so much the opposite of what my inner 13 year old feared, that I just started laughing and relaxed into it. There even was a moment when I felt the tiniest bit afraid that she wasn’t going to let me go!

When she did let me go, she looked into my eyes and said,
“GOOD for you. Good for you. You should come over to my house for fried chicken.”

I then felt speechless again, and we went on to talk about the TV show and how we would each talk about being mentored, and people being mentored by each of us. She was gracious to Adrienne too, and what I remember most of all, was her presence.

My inner 13 year old even felt more relaxed, and I’ve since learned how to reparent that part of myself, along with all of the other “inside children.”

My memories of the show are a happy blur- somewhere I think I have a tape of it. If I locate it, I’ll see if I can find a way to share it.

I never did follow up on her offer to have fried chicken, but I did share my book Transformation Soup with her, and asked if she’d like to endorse it. Again, she called my answering machine and left a message saying,
“SARK? I’ve written a POEM for your book- I hope that you like it.” She then read me her poem in that remarkable voice of hers;

“I’m head over hills and over the moon.
No work of SARK can come too soon.
I’m laughing out loud, that’s what it took.
I hope everybody will buy this book.”

I saw Dr. Angelou several times after that when she visited San Francisco, and was able to join her for dinner one night with a large group after a booksigning. Of course I wish that there could have been more times with her- I always want more of something good.

In all of the comments and memorials I’ve read since she died, I’ve been most moved by the descriptions of her many kindnesses to all kinds of people. I feel blessed to be one of those people, and to share that blessing in every way that I possibly can.

Love,
SARK (aka Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy)

 

Books and Publishers

SARK Books Listed by Date of Publication and Publisher

Glad No Matter What: Transforming Loss and Change into Gift and Opportunity
November 2010
New World Library

Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper: Gifting the World with Your Words and Stories and Creating the Time and Energy to Actually Do It
August 2008
Three Rivers Press

Fabulous Friendship Festival: Loving Wildly, Learning Deeply, Living Fully With Our Friends
April 2007
Three Rivers Press
Denver Post Bestseller

SARK’s New Creative Companion: Ways To Free Your Creative Spirit (updated edition)
May 2005
Celestial Arts/Ten Speed Press

Make Your Creative Dreams REAL: A Plan for Procrastinators, Perfectionists, Busy People, and People Who Would Rather Sleep All Day
May 2004, Simon and Schuster
February 2005, Paperback Release
One Spirit Selection

Prosperity Pie: How to Relax About Money and Everything Else
April 2002, Simon and Schuster
San Francisco Chronicle Best Seller List
Host Choice of Airport Books

Eat Mangoes Naked: Finding Pleasure Everywhere and Dancing with the Pits
May 2001, Simon and Schuster
Denver Post Best Seller
One Spirit Selection

Transformation Soup: Healing for the Splendidly Imperfect
May 2000, Simon and Schuster
One Spirit Selection

Change Your Life Without Getting Out of Bed (currently out of print)

The Ultimate Nap Book
May 1999, Simon and Schuster

Bodacious Book of Succulence: Daring to Live Your Succulent Wild Life
May 1998, Simon and Schuster
San Francisco Chronicle Best Seller List, 1998

Succulent Wild Woman: Dancing with Your Wonder Full Self!
May 1997, Simon and Schuster
Best Sellers USA Today, Borders, Barnes and Noble, Wordstock, Denver Post
One Spirit Book Selection
Host Choice of Airport Books

Magic Cottage Address Book
1995, Celestial Arts

Living Juicy: Daily Morsels for Your Creative Soul
1994, Celestial Arts/Ten Speed Press

SARK’s Journal & Play! Book: A Place to Dream While Awake
1993, Celestial Arts/Ten Speed Press

Inspiration Sandwich: Stories to Inspire Our Creative Freedom
1992, Celestial Arts/Ten Speed Press

A Creative Companion: How to Free Your Creative Spirit
1991, Celestial Arts/Ten Speed Press

Books

Books

I created these books to be beacons of hope for the world, and believe they are beloved by millions because of their spirit, authenticity and ability to cause souls to move in powerfull new ways.


I like to hold down the arrows and spin on the book carousel 😉

 

Glad No Matter What

Transforming Loss and Change into Gift and Opportunity

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Fabulous Friendship Festival

Loving Wildly, Learning Deeply, Living Fully with Our Friends

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SARK’s New Creative Companion

Ways To Free Your Creative Spirit

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Juicy Pens Thirsty Paper

Gifting the World with Your Words and Stories and Creating the Time and Energy to Actually Do It

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Make Your Creative Dreams REAL

A Plan for Procrastinators, Perfectionists, Busy People, Avoiders, and People Who Would Rather Sleep All Day

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Prosperity Pie

How to Relax About Money and Everything Else

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Eat Mangoes Naked

Finding Pleasure Everywhere and Dancing with the Pits!

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Transformation Soup

Healing for the Splendidly Imperfect

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The Bodacious Book of Succulence

Daring to Live Your Succulent Wild Life

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Succulent Wild Woman by SARK

Succulent Wild Woman

Dancing with Your Wonder Full Self!

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Change Your Life Without Getting Out of Bed by SARK

Change Your Life Without Getting Out of Bed

The Ultimate Nap Book

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A Creative Companion by SARK

A Creative Companion

How to Free Your Creative Spirit

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Inspiration Sandwich by SARK

Inspiration Sandwich

Stories to Inspire Our Creative Freedom

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Living Juicy by SARK

Living Juicy

Daily Morsels for Your Creative Soul

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SARK's Journal and Play!Book by SARK

SARK’s Journal and Play!Book

A Place to Dream While Awake

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The Magic Cottage Address Book by SARK

The Magic Cottage Address Book

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John Waddell Love

John Waddell Love

A Loving Gift to Share As you may know, my beloved John slipped out of his physical body on March 5. His love and life illuminated mine so completely and we created our new book Succulent Wild Love so that everybody could experience that kind of love. The best kind of...
Succulent Wild Love

Succulent Wild Love

Want to be inspired and delighted on your path to love? Get "Love SPARKS" in your email every Tuesday! Delight Me! Succulent Wild Love: Six Powerful Habits for Feeling More Love More Often Authors: SARK and John Waddell, Ph.D. A New Philosophy of Love and...