The idea that led to the creation of Mary Anne Radmacher and Liz Kalloch’s new book was simple, and one that Radmacher had for most of her life: positive notes can inspire and empower people.
When Radmacher was a young girl, she wrote “love letters” to family, friends, neighbors, enclosing a positive message on a rolled up piece of paper or a folded note, and leaving it somewhere someone was sure to find it.
“I didn’t wait around to watch them open it,” she recalled, “but I did get this pleasure in knowing that (someone) would find my note and it would bring a smile to their face.”
In 1997, Radmacher wrote the poem, “She,” but it wasn’t until a few years ago that this accomplished writer’s full idea to uplift people came to fruition. She and Kalloch, a colleague-turned-friend, decided to create a line of greeting cards with Radmacher’s words and Kalloch’s illustrations. But the two women soon learned they had more to say than would fit on a card, so they created “SHE: A Celebration of Greatness in Every Woman.”
The book features 25 qualities that Kalloch and Radmacher felt are undervalued in women, and it aims to empower women to recognize these traits within themselves. She is nurturing. She is inspiring. She is determined. She is a lifelong learner.