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Irene Tanner
Irene Tanner has been a student of metaphysics and human potential since she left her home in the south in the post WW2 1940’s to continue her education at Parson’s School of Design in New York City. Ever exploring, had she been a native New Yorker, she probably would have migrated to Paris!

As a textile stylist/designer and art director, Irene worked with converters and manufacturers of fashion and home furnishings fabrics. Her work, which entailed purchasing patterns and customizing product lines, took her to foreign as well as domestic markets.

When Asia began to dominate the industry in the mid-seventies, Irene formed Image Management Associates, assisting corporations and individuals to maximize their appearance and presentation skills. Her interest in spirituality and Jungian psychology resulted in original workshops based on characteristics and personalities of Greek gods and goddesses as related to contemporary life.

In the mid 1990’s, responding to the need for welfare reform, and having a strong desire to contribute to society, she founded a non-profit organization, SuitAbility, assisting disadvantaged women and youth toward self-sufficiency and increased self-esteem.

As SuitAbility’s president her duties included fund-raising, developing partnerships, writing newsletters, implementing programs, leading workshops and recruiting volunteers. In early 2001 she became chairman emeritus.

Irene was developing a book, “Darling You Are Divine”, a dream of more than twenty years, inspired by the publishing of Dr. Jean Bolen’s “Goddesses in Every Woman” in 1985. Dr. Bolen, a Jungian analyst and feminist, explored and related the characteristics of seven major reigning feminine and masculine deities of ancient Greece to the eternal personalities and character traits of modern women and men.

Working as an image consultant, she utilized the information originating on Mt. Olympus, home of the gods, to design workshops that were a fun and effective way to serve her clients. By the way, Irene lived her early life as Persephone, the Eternal Girl, growing gradually into her mature years as Queen of the Underworld. Symbolically this represents her transformation from Dutiful Daughter to Wise Woman – or WOW – Woman Of Wisdom! WOWs are identified to all by their innate Intelligence and Demeanor – or ID. Younger women may be designated as WITS – WOWs In Training.

When Irene traveled on a cruise to discovery in July 2009, sponsored by Louise Hay, a leading new thought publisher, Irene met Rebecca Low, a voice coach and motivational speaker from Singapore. This led to their collaboration on a series of workshops presented at the National University of Singapore, designed to enhance work performance of senior staff.

Irene created a website (, where she shares her photographs and love of poetry and writing. She also publishes a weekly blog (, exploring topics based on personal experience and reflecting her positive philosophy.

As a Life Transition Counselor, she sees herself as a role model for maturing productively and wishes to reach an audience that resonates with this approach – aging gracefully and gorgeously!

Entries by Irene Tanner

Lost and Found

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 10:21 AM

Now that my definition of "home" has a whole new landscape and mindset, I will take some time to reflect on feelings about the events that have transpired over the past six months, the three before and after this transition. Fifty-seven years of residence anywhere does entitle one to some...

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Wireless and Clueless

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 7:05 AM

When I was a child our family shared a telephone with several other parties -- perhaps that was why it was called a party line. It was a first come, first served system. You waited your turn in line; online would come along many decades later.

At that time, telephone...

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Living Out of the Boxes

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 11:33 AM

Who knew that the first night in my new apartment would be spent sleeping in the bathtub? It was either that or the floor, and there was literally no space on the floor, filled to the ceiling with furniture, cartons and Hefty black plastic bags.

So I threw some pillows...

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(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 7:18 AM

After an exhausting period of packing and editing furnishings and possessions, I am amazed at just how much worldly goods one person can accumulate. The deed is done! By now there isn't a shred of plaster left of 10-A. All that accumulated energy and history held within its' walls has...

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The Spirit Is Willing

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 7:49 AM

Acceptance eventually replaces resistance as the intellect finally comes to terms with the limitations of the body. Never has this been so obvious to me as in this process of packing up to move out of what is no longer my long-time home. (The new owners have already invaded with...

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All or Nothing

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 6:25 PM

Though I have probably discussed this topic in a previous blog, the message is worth many repetitions, mostly because the concept is so contrary to popular belief/experience that acceptance may be difficult. For most, survival is a daunting lifelong struggle. As some wag said:

"Life is a bitch, and then...

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The Street Where He Lived

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 2:20 PM

Now here is where the story gets a bit woo-woo, though that doesn't frighten me in the least because the spirit who lived on this particular street (only five blocks away from my present apartment) adored me. And I believe he -- Ira -- is getting into the act, helping...

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Easy Come, Easy Go

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 11:41 AM

We come into this world with zero possessions other than God-given gifts of body, mind and spirit -- tools with which fortunate beings are equipped to navigate our sojourn on earth. When we are finished with our tasks, we bequeath our stories -- and their fruits -- as a legacy...

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Paying Attention

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 4:48 PM

As I inch forward along this well-worn road, I know by now that to stay alert, awake and attentive is essential to avoiding the pitfalls of mere wishful thinking and downright deception, whether by oneself or well-meaning others.

One must refocus and rely only on one's personal connection to infallible...

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Falling Apart

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 6:41 PM

The first phase of a major game change is that one notices small signals. The winds of life are shifting. After a period of relative calm, something is stirring, signaling that the time has arrived to stay alert -- go along, accept -- that one's life has taken an irrevocable...

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Gratitude and Goodbye to 10A

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 5:35 PM

One day in 1956, a young woman (me) answered a classified ad in the New York Times for an East Side apartment. She was currently living in a closet-sized room in the Barbizon Hotel for Women, while Jack, her soon-to-be ex-husband, remained in Brooklyn with Rick, their 6-year-old son --...

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Grandma for a Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 2:22 PM

My son has two dogs. My daughter has two cats. So that is the best I can claim in the grandchildren department. Most of my friends are my children's ages -- certainly old enough to have produced descendants, yet oddly, like me, mostly interested in creations of the mind and...

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Is Heaven a Haven?

(2) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 10:09 AM

Lately, there have been a couple of books about the out-of-body experiences of two scientists (Dr. Mary Bell, To Heaven and Back and Dr. Eben Alexander, Proof of Heaven). Both authors are doctors who have reversed their long-held clinical beliefs regarding the finality of death as a result of personal...

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Bless This Mess

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 3:25 PM

Recently a friend undertook the daunting task of, inch by inch, spring-cleaning her compact apartment with the intent of discarding what was neither wanted nor needed, then assigning each object a place of its own. Until, of course, the next catharsis.

It's a system that works on a lot of...

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Starting Over

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 7:20 PM

I am starting this blog over. Having written a hundred words or so under the title "Shifting Sands," then saving it to be continued after doing further research on my subject, I returned to find the file had "vanished." Since this is technically impossible, I figured the blog was hiding...

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Fear Not

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 9:43 PM

Lately I have been concerned -- I refuse to say worried -- so OK -- worried -- about a seemingly threatening issue. Though experience has repeatedly taught that rescue always arrives in the nick of time from an unexpected direction, this dark cloud hovered above me, dark and foreboding disaster....

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A-Tisket, A-Tasket... I Cannot Multitask It

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2012 | 7:14 PM

Perhaps this ability to split attention into execution of several doable tasks depends on the way your brain is wired.

Or the astrological sign at the time and place of your birth.

Or whether you were weaned too early from breast or bottle. Whatever.

I know for a...

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A Wing and a Prayer

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 3:45 PM

Though "frenzied" is the only word I can think of to effectively describe activity on the Upper East Side of Manhattan the first Saturday night after Hurricane Sandy's visit, I suspect that beneath the hyperactivity generated by residents and visitors from neighboring areas was a profound sense of relief from...

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Just Undo It!

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 11:25 AM

Most of us act unwisely or unfairly at times -- then live to regret our words and actions, often when it seems too late; the wronged person(s) have passed or moved on. The belated slap on the wrist or bitten tongue won't help once the deed is done. Apologies are...

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Hear With Your Heart

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 2:00 PM

The title says it all. The words "he" (representing humanity), "hear, ear and art" are neatly contained in the word "heart," staring me in the face right now, asking "what could be more clear?" Wow, "ear" is there again in the word "clear" -- reinforcing this point! "Let them who...

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