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Kathy Murphy, Beauty and the Book


One of my earlier posts was about Kathy Murphy who has uniquely combined her passion for reading and financial literacy with beauty and women.  She is the creator of a very successful book club with about 2000+ members (mainly women, but now with a few men and children) called the Pulpwood Queens. There are currently over 500 chapters nationwide with thousands of members  and is now INTERNATIONAL with members and chapters in 15 foreign countries!

If you missed the story, please click at the end of this posting.  It is where I first learned about her, but recently I met her through an introduction from Phil Latham, a journalist who met Kathy while when he interviewed her for an article he was writing.  They have kept in touch over the years.

Meeting her was a joy and for one hour she, I, Phil and my friend Emily sat in Kathy’s new beauty shop and talked about books, publishing, authors (she has interviewed some best selling ones), reaching out to women, and her next annual gathering called Girlfriend Weekend.

We discovered we had attended the same Kansas college back in the day.  We also talked about our shared passion for valuing how women connect to learn, read, have fun, and support each other.  She does it through her book club, I do it through my Financial Freedom Party for Women.

This is the picture from that  spring day in East Texas. Kathy is second from the left, I am on the left and Phil Latham and Emily Mann Latham are on the right.  Behind us you can see the top of the book case which is full of fun books, including a few written by Fannie Flagg, a author of fun and inspiring books.  Yes, back there is also a place to have your hair done and everything you find in your local beauty shop.kathy&us

Beauty and the Book, what a great concept.  You can click here to see the website and learn more about the book club, Girlfriend Weekend, Kathy, and the book list.

This is the link to the article.Texas Co-op Power Magazine – Texas Stories: Bound & Determined – An Online Community for Members of Texas Electric Cooperatives.


Until next time.

Debra Hadsall






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Gloria Steinem, Author, Thought Leader, Activist Turns 80

Last year I wrote a posting for my Financial Freedom Party for Women blog (  titled Before We Had the Kardashians We Had Bella, Gloria, and Oprah.

Well Bella Abzug is no longer with us, Oprah is out there with her OWN network, and according to a wonderful article in the New York Times, Gloria Steinem is turning 80.   It is a great article for those of us who remember Gloria and her enormous impact on the lives of women, and especially for those who may not know much about her.  Just click here to see for yourself.

I used to walk on the treadmill and read her books.  Something for the body, mind, and spirit all at once.  Maybe it is time to re-visit some of her writings.


Debra Hadsall






BooK Clubs, Books, Creativity, Hairdresser, Reading, Texas, Uncategorized, Writing

Grand Story -Hairstylist Reigns Over Reading Empire

I love inspirational stories about women who stay close to their passions, survive, thrive and encourage others to learn and have fun along the way. 

This article from the magazine published by the Texas Co-Op Power, our local service provider.  If you are in a book club, you will see the concept taken to a new level.

Such a great story from an unexpected source.   Please click below to link to it.

Texas Co-op Power Magazine – Texas Stories: Bound & Determined – An Online Community for Members of Texas Electric Cooperatives.



Author, BooK Clubs, Books, Debra Hadsall, Reading, Uncategorized, Women and Money

What I have been reading

Book of nature

I am lucky enough to be in a book club.  This pushes me to read a variety of books which I ordinarily would have just blown by, or not even discovered.  We all get into our habits.  Some of us read only novels, some only non-fiction and some people don’t read much at all.  Even the definition of what a book is can be interesting.  I discovered that a couple of my friends don’t think a book of short stories is a book at all.  Interesting to me, the truth for them.

These are some of my recent reads:

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt– Very interesting and very long, but worth it.

How to Make Money by Blogging by Bob Lolitch –I bought the e-book edition for less than a dollar.  This is an extremely useful and instructional book.

Fires of Alexandria by Thomas K. Carpenter –Fun, easy to read and a nice historical novel.

Empty Mansions, The Mysterious Life of Hugette Clark and the Spending of an American Fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul Newell, Junior — A really interesting and fascinating story of the long life of a very wealthy woman who had her eccentricities, and probably a lot of reasons for them.  A true story and not a novel so it may not have the excitement some are expecting.  I was inspired to write about it.  Just click here to see more.

That’s it for now.  More to come as I journey through the land of books!.  What are you reading?

Debra Hadsall