Do you know the way to San Jose?

September 26th, 2008

I’ve been away so long. I may go wrong and lose my way.
Do you know the way to San Jose?
I’m going back to find some peace of mind in San Jose.

I flew into San Jose and spent most of today with a group of inspiring and powerful women, the founders and organizers of the Palo Alto Mother’s Symposium, a landmark event created nine years ago by mothers for mothers to address the questions that echo forever in the lives of mothers, questions without sufficient answers, that we can never know with any certainty, but that bind us together in the most tender kind of everloving company.

On Saturday, March 7 I’ll go back to keynote the symposium on the campus of Stanford University, and I want you to find the way. Because you, yes you, are going to come down, up, out, over and join me there. You and I are going to spend the morning in glorious company, then because you’ve come so far we’re going to have a bonus round of afternoon coffee, tea and conversation with raucous laughter and a few tears. I won’t settle for otherwise. Mark your calendar, find your way and meet me there. Admission is cheap and the transportation – well, why not just see what’s possible. (Put a hundred down and buy a car.)

I’ve got lots of friends in San Jose
Do you know the way to San Jose?
Can’t wait to get back to San Jose.


  1. March 7th? Hmm maybe I will that sounds like fun and I get to have coffee with you which would be more fun than the symposium I am betting! Have a great weekend! Cat

    Comment by Cat — September 26, 2008 @ 2:13 pm

  2. Don’t tempt me. Got a couch?

    Comment by Mama Zen — September 26, 2008 @ 2:30 pm

  3. I AM the symposium, Cat, so it better be fun. But I agree coffee might be more fun.

    And Mama, of course, your couch awaits. I have lots of friend in San Jose.

    Comment by Karen Maezen Miller — September 26, 2008 @ 3:25 pm

  4. Now wouldn’t that be somethin’. 🙂

    Comment by denise — September 26, 2008 @ 5:06 pm

  5. Where is more information about this symposium? Thank you.

    Comment by Ines — September 26, 2008 @ 5:57 pm

  6. Ines, watch this space. Soon there will be a website up and I will keep you informed. For now, save the date.

    Comment by Karen Maezen Miller — September 26, 2008 @ 5:59 pm

  7. Please do post more information. This sounds intriguing. I’d love to hear you speak.

    Comment by Sharon Delman — September 26, 2008 @ 7:56 pm

  8. I became a mother nine years ago right next door to Palo Alto! I’d love to hear more about the symposium and maybe try to come.

    Comment by MojoMom — September 26, 2008 @ 7:57 pm

  9. sounds just about perfect.

    Comment by jessamyn — September 27, 2008 @ 4:10 am

  10. It’s on the calendar. See you there… Still loving your book and sending quotes to dear friends – your words move them to tears (as my Ava says “Happy Tears”).

    Comment by Michelle Andre — September 28, 2008 @ 2:45 am

  11. somehow.
    thank you.

    Comment by Kirsten Michelle — October 1, 2008 @ 3:38 pm

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