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A Unique Book Club Experience!

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My visit to a Hudson book club last month turned out to be a very unique experience. It began with not-unique sleet and snow driving conditions that

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caused most of the members and me to be late. Subsequently, we were told that our reserved private dining room had been inadvertently double booked and the other group was already in the room. But this book club group had read my book and their pulsating perseverance spurred them to accept a narrow hallway-size room in the back of the restaurant.

So we sat in the windowless hallway facing each other along the two walls so close our knees almost touched. My reward was a wonderful meeting/discussion. What a gracious group of women, and wow, they were set for discussing THE DIRTY DAYS and to learn much more about life in those times! Meanwhile, the bad weather conditions had escalated outside. But my almost two-hour energetic discussion with these very bright women was worth my hazardous twenty-mile drive back to St Paul.

I would do it all again in a minute!

 

Who Knew I Would Be Promoting a Book at Age 87!

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Since publishing my first book, THE DIRTY DAYS, in June of 2012, I have been privileged to enjoy several book signings—local and otherwise.  I’ve loved them all—and I’ve been touched by each experience, all for different reasons.

While I’ve met many new friends at each event, for which I am grateful, I cherish the renewal of family ties, seeing old friends, and connecting with former students.  A joy I hadn’t anticipated!

Barnes & Noble, Roseville, MN—Many of my local friends came out to support me at my very first signing event! I was nervous!
Barnes & Noble, Roseville, MN—Many of my local friends came out to support me at my very first signing event! I was nervous!
Barnes & Noble, Norman, OK—I was surrounded by family & friends, many of whom I hadn’t seen in over 10 years, longer for some.
Barnes & Noble, Norman, OK—I was surrounded by family & friends, many of whom I hadn’t seen in over 10 years, longer for some. Sadly, my younger sister Sue (pictured with me on the cover of my book) passed away only weeks before my signing event. She lived in Norman and had so looked forward to being there with me. I know she was there in spirit.
The Orchard Restaurant, Baldwin, WI—My husband, Bob, and I moved to Baldwin when I was twenty and we had been married about two years. Baldwin was his hometown and we returned there from Oklahoma City after the war ended. I was a teacher in the Baldwin schools for 13 years. My former students are grown now, with children of their own.  But they came to my event—and it was a joy to see them!
The Orchard Restaurant, Baldwin, WI—My husband, Bob, and I moved to Baldwin when I was twenty and we had been married about two years. Baldwin was his hometown and we returned there from Oklahoma City after the war ended. I was a teacher in the Baldwin schools for 13 years. My former students are grown now, with children of their own. But they came to my event—and it was a joy to see them!
Hastings Books, Altus, OK—My story, THE DIRTY DAYS, takes place in a fictional town called Thistleway, OK. I’m 87, so not many of my classmates are still around, but I was excited to see a few of my
Hastings Books, Altus, OK—My story, THE DIRTY DAYS, takes place in a fictional town called Thistleway, OK. I’m 87, so not many of my classmates are still around, but I was excited to see a few of my childhood friends come to Altus to see me.
ChapterTwoBooks, Hudson, WI—I taught in Hudson, WI for 8 years.  I so enjoyed seeing my former colleagues and students at my signing—after so many years.
ChapterTwoBooks, Hudson, WI—I taught in Hudson, WI for 8 years. I so enjoyed seeing my former colleagues and students at my signing—after so many years.