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In 2008, Gloria Squitiro was legally banned from the Kansas City, MO City Hall office where her husband, Mark Funkhouser (“Funk”) was mayor. She made headlines on Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post. Even Great Britain’s left-wing The Guardian and America’s right-wing Rush Limbaugh—did stories about her.
Funk calls her “A Skydiver Afraid of Heights.” Someone who figures out how to spend a cost-free summer in Europe, arranges it all, but when it’s time to leave, has an anxiety attack walking out the door.
In this first volume of her humorous, sharp-witted, and brutally honest memoir, Gloria pushes past her fears and spends the summer abroad before setting up a campaign headquarters. Then, without any experience, she helps Funk cross the finish line—only to learn that being Kansas City’s First Lady will be much more difficult than she could’ve ever imagined (but those stories are saved for later books).
In sharing her story of courage and becoming her New and Better Self Gloria hopes to inspire others to step out in confidence, to make a difference where it counts, and to stand up for others . . . and yourself.
"Gloria puts into words what's in our heads at 4 a.m — Reader Review"
"So glad there is a book with a strong woman telling it like it is. We need this right now. Let’s get real about getting real."
"Her adventures of problem-solving lifelong issues will have you laughing, crying and contemplating not only her life but your own as well. Her book, on the whole, is like a rose rising up from the thorns, a difficult but beautiful dance."
"This book is a must read for those who appreciate facing life's challenges, learning to deal with one's deepest fears and finding one's strengths."
A page turner. I couldn't put it down. Gloria puts into words what we all wished we'd said."
"What an excellent read! Gloria through her humor, whit and honesty will take you through her journey. All along the way encouraging you to challenge yourself...to take your own path, take on your own fears and the joy when you conquer it."
In this hilarious and candid memoir, a mayor’s wife shares the adventures and lessons of her unconventional life and family — from spending a summer abroad to being banned from her husband’s office at city hall!
From Our Blog
Me, on the front page of See Beyond Magazine!
More love, this time, from See Beyond Magazine, March/April 2023 Edition. And I even made the front page! Imagine that?! My article begins on page 46. You can download the digital version at no cost. https://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/2438563?__r=6719117… Thank you @See Beyond Magazine & Talks for allowing this author a space in your kick-ass magazine! Thank you Grayce McCormick for helping my writing be discovered!
Little houses for the just-dumped woman.
Little houses for the just-dumped woman. That’s the business I was about to start when Funk decided to ruin our lives by running for mayor. I had even built a prototype on land we owned in Missouri, and it came out achingly adorable. My premise for that enterprise was, because it seemed like so many 50-year-old women I knew were being discarded for a younger version of themselves, I wanted to build the newly-dumped a home they could afford, would be maintenance free, and was gorgeous enough that it would take some of the sting away. To that end, each […]
“Social Impact Authors: How & Why Author Gloria Squitiro Is Helping To Change Our World.”
“Social Impact Authors: How & Why Author Gloria Squitiro Is Helping To Change Our World.” Wow! I couldn’t have asked for a better title for a magazine article. The 1st media for the 2nd book in the C’mon Funk Series: C’mon Funk, Move Your: How a Demure Little Wife Made Her Husband a Big-City Mayor, Publication Date: 24 May 2023. Thank you Authority Magazine, Medium, and Grayce McCormick of Lightfinder PR for the BIG-LOVE ! Authority Magazine @MEDIUM @LIGHTFINDERPR https://medium.com/authority-magazine/social-impact-authors-how-why-author-gloria-squitiro-is-helping-to-change-our-world-d41181929abb
I’ve Got My Bitch, Let’s Go!
Funk’s life insurance policy expires in less than two years and it’s made me evaluate being married for 43+ long-ass years. The GOOD: After 20 years of being afraid to step on a plane, I started flying again in 2016. Still, I’m an uneasy flyer. Last spring, Funk escorted me to Hawaii, stayed 3 weeks, and 2 months later, returned to accompany my chicken-shit-self back home. The CRINGE: Boarding the flight back to the mainland. Me: “Funk, we should put our masks on.” Funk: “No, the ban was just lifted.” Me: “But it’s a 16-hour flight in a confined space […]
To Kill My Mother?
Today is three years since my mother died. I had just arrived New Orleans five days prior to be with my son for a month, when I got the call about my mom. She had a stroke and was put on life support. Basically, her worst-case death scenario was playing out: Having a stroke and being put on a respirator totally out of control. It was gruesome. For her, and for those of us who had to watch her suffering. Years before, my mother had given my brother the responsibility of doing what was needed should she be unable to […]
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