Saturday, November 28, 2015

A Different Type of Thanksgiving


It was a different type of Thanksgiving this year. We were missing some of our “regular” family members. Responsibilities to the other side of the family resulted with my youngest sister and her family’s absence – that accounted for four empty seats. My daughter and her husband, and their three children moved to Nashville last year – that’s five more. And, this year, my nephew and his girlfriend moved to ‘The Big Apple’ – two more. There was no need to rearrange the living room to accommodate two dining tables seamed together with matching tablecloths because we all fit nicely on the large table using the two leaves. The meal turned beautifully – a brined turkey that was as juicy as last year’s had been but there was no need to double up on anything else like the green beans or potatoes or stuffing or the spinach-stuffed rolls. As I looked around my table, I was thankful for years passed when the entire family was present. When I closed my eyes, I could almost envision them in the next room. At the same time, I was thankful for the family I had surrounding me that very moment realizing each year we are presented with different challenges and different blessings in this life. It’s our attitude toward change that determines our behavior, and if there’s one thing in life we can count on, it’s change. Until next time, let us enjoy this life we are blessed to live. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Southeast Festival of Books

I spent the day at the Southeast Festival of Books held at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. I rented a table with the intention of selling both of my books and promoting our author panel, "The Inspired Writers". Although I didn't sell oodles of books, I had countless conversations with like minded people on both subjects. The air was electrified with the busyness of attendees rushing in and out of classrooms listening to author panels and keynote speakers. One conversation I initiated, may lead to an author panel of independent published writers next year presenting to attendees. What an honor that would be to be able to share the journey from writing page one to producing a book. Every opportunity is worth pursuing when you're starting out in this field, every handshake could lead to another door opening. When days like today come along, I pack up my books, my promotional material, put on a smile and start talking about my books. After all, who knows the story better than I do? Until next time, let us enjoy this life we are blessed to live.

Author Events

It certainly was busy this last month attending two Author Events. One at West Allis Library and the other at New Berlin Public Library...