...So I wrote Oprah.

COME ON! Y'all knew I would!

I'm not daft my dear readers. I realize millions upon millions of Oprah-phites also thought they'd send her a line or a thousand expressing their sadness, gratitude and admiration for the Queen of Awesome, and because I knew that I didn't shat my pants when I saw Oprah's name pop up in my inbox.

She sent the following lovely generic auto response. I know that dang thing is sent to everyone who writes, but I don't care. I still adore it because she penned it at some point and of course packs a beautiful punch of wisdom...I guess when I'm feeling Oprah pangs of withdrawl I can always write her and see what auto message pops up to greet me.

True groupiness love lasts forever...

Hello friends,

I want you to know, the best gift you could give me are your wonderful words.

I've been sitting in cold, rainy, Chicago drinking Chai Tea.. (and yes splurged on a croissant) reading all your wonderful emails. I am deeply moved.

I also read Mark Nepo's Book of Awakening every morning as a part of my daily spiritual practice.

Lo and behold today's words for May 26th just happened to be


( No coincidences)

The best thing for being sad, replied Merlin, is to learn something T. H. White.

"The idea here is not to divert the sadness, but to give it a context from life other than what is making you sad. Just as a ginger can lose its bitterness when baked in bread, sadness can be leavened by other life. When feeling the sharpness of being sad or hurt, it helps to take new things in. This pours the water of life on the fire of the heart. So when exhausted from expressing all that hurt, listen to music you've never heard of, or ask someone to tell you an old story from before your birth, or take a drive down a road near a ridge you've always meant to look out from. Look with your sad eyes on things new to you that will give you something to do with your sadness. Your sadness is the paint. You must find a canvas."

I hear so many of you saying you're sad to see the show leave.

Instead of sadness, I hope you will channel the energy of hopefulness you received from the show in whatever form it gave to you.

No sadness from me,

I look forward to my NEXT CHAPTER on OWN.

By the way Gayle's show will be on at 4 today on OWN saluting our last day. Stedman and Hugh Jackman are her special guests. Stedman who doesn't like to talk publicly about me; watch Gayle try to break him down and crack that code.

And Sheri Salata my show general talking about the process of "landing this plane".

Thanks for all your support and good wishes. After a visit to my mother. I'm gonna take a break, find some sun, and get some REST.

Don't think I'll be emailing on vaca. But will be in touch when I return.

Blessings to you all.



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