Stand There and Look Pretty Darlin'

Stand There and Look Pretty Darlin' 

Don't You Worry Your Pretty Little Head 'bout Nothin'

The stories shared here are about growing up in the South in the 1950's. It was a time and a place in history when women went to college only to get their "MRS" degree and find a good man. Our opinions didn't matter. This book was about the journey of finding my voice and helping others share theirs.  The stories are also in love and gratitude to the community of "help" that assisted in raising me, when people of all colors knew their "place", including me, a little white girl.

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  • Rules for Growing Up in the Fifties
  • What Is White Guilt?
  • Growing Up in the Segregated South
  • My Second Mother
  • Breaking Down the Wall
  • Forgiveness Freed Me from Decades of Burden
  • The Slingshot Gift
  • From “Servant” to Friend
  • My Initiation into Being a Healer
  • The Trauma of Losing My Mother
  • Daddy and Me
  • Betrayal and Blessings
  • Failing to Get My "MRS" Degree
  • My Friend Who Died of AIDS
  • Discovering the Power of My Mind
  • Not 'Gonna Just Stand There and Look Pretty Anymore

With a forward by Jean Houston

Human Potential Scholar and Author

In these simply told but profoundly felt stories, Mary Sue Rabe offers us a vision of a society that is as potent as it is poignant. Growing up in a small town in Texas before the old ways of thinking and doing began to fail, we see this world through the eyes and heart of the wise child. Her deep feeling and love for the African Americans who worked in her home and on her family plantation gave her the strength to stand up for what she knew was both wrong and immoral.

Jean Houston
Mary Sue Rabe


Mary Sue Rabe has been an addictions counsellor, teacher, trainer, and has worked with 8 different energy healing modalities over the last 25 years. She is also the founder and director of "Women Healing the World", a creative community of women who want to make a difference for other women in our communities. Contact Mary for speaking engagements, interviews, or mentoring.

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