Casual Fridays with Jerry Davich

The Things You Would Have Said

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On this edition of Casual Fridays, Jerry Davich and Karen Walker ask… If you could tell something to a dead loved one or friend – something you’ve always wanted to say but never did or never could – what would it be? And to whom?  Would you tell your mother how much you loved her because you failed to do so when she was alive?  Would you thank a former mentor who changed your life at an early age?  Would you rage at your alcoholic father who abused you during childhood?

This is the timeless premise of a new book by Jackie Hooper, a Portland, Oregon author, public speaker and life coach who will be visiting our region later this month .  Hooper asked the same question to dozens, then hundreds, then thousands of people.  She has since received innumerable responses from people across the globe, each letter laced with poignant pleas or furious missives to deceased loved ones.   Her community project-turned-hobby led to a blog,, and then to her book, “The things You Would Have Said: The Chance to Say What You Always Wanted Them to Know.”

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