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Busy, Boys and Boo!

October has been a busy month.
Home repairs, the noise of new roof and walk-in shower installations have deterred my concentration/focus on writing.
Hilde and I gave a successful presentation of WHILE. In celebrations of Veterans' Day we are giving two readings in November. I am also preparing a press release for the publisher AND i have been asked to be a judge for an online literary contest.
Adding to the excitement and the family are two new grandsons! Odin Patrick Hanna and Sameul Enfield Roberts born within a wek of each other.
I spent a weekend away with my lit club. Lots of fun, games and songs. (See poetry)
Also I started an evening of Wine and Words with other authors. We gave readings of our works in DENMARK a Columbus restaurant and bar.
Halloween came with salted  pumpkin seeds and a spider web pumpkin this year. (See A Writer's Life)
Looking forward to holiday season.  WHILE could be a good Christmas present.

The Power of Words

Co-author Hilde Barron joined me for two presentations of WHILE this summer. We spoke of its origin and she read of her arrival to the States. After 50 years the words evoked strong emotions in her. The audience witnessed the power of words.

The power of words affected my husband and me when we celebrated our 50th anniversary in August. We asked friends to share their memories of us. We were surprised at what they remembered. The most important words came in the surprise gift from our family in an APOSTOLIC BLESSING for our marriage from Pope Francis.

Writing about our exchange students for RAISING SIX HANNAS IN GAHANNA brought back many of our memories. Anne, from Germany, sent us a memory book of her stay with us as an anniversary present.

Hilde and I will be appearing on radio in September and at book clubs this fall. I have invested in formal advertising for WHILE. We have a fascinating story to tell the world.

Prompt from Picture

cat-booksKitty Sitter "Kitty, Why are you sitting up there on my bookcase?" I knew I shouldn't have agreed to kitty-sit my friend's cat.I am not a cat lover. In a weak moment I said yes to Amy in her desperate need. She had lined up another friend to watch Herman, but she backed out. Amy needed to be with her mother who was facing cancer surgery in another state. I became Amy's friend for life when I agreed. Herman and I tolerated each other as long as we didn't get in the other's way. Amy sent Herman with a library book for me to read while she was gone. I put it on top of my bookcase. Herman insisted on sitting on that book on my bookshelf. One day I rearranged the books to see what he would do. He scattered all the books until he found his favorite. He pushed it to the middle of the shelf and sat on it as if to say "You can't fool me!" Amy called to check on us. I explained Hermnan's sitting on the book. "Why is he so protective of that book?" She laughed. "Check the due date. Herman has the uncanny ability to recognize when a library book is due."

Rewards and Awards

April and May have been busy months for this author/poet/teacher.
I attended an evening with Lynn Cullen, author of Mrs. Poe.As she signed my book, she glanced at my business card I had given her for WHILE. She recognized the cover!It came up when she located another book. I was shocked and pleased for the recognition. Ms. Cullen asked what I was writing now and I told her about H.Raisnig Six Hannas in Gahanna. She tought it a great title as she is one of seven.
New reviews for WHILE are appearing on Amazon.(see WHILE on menu)
My entries won awards at the Janis Senior Center Creative Arts Event; Exceptional for preview of Six Hannas and BLUE RIBBON for collection of poetry (see poetry) theme was Down on the farm. I wrote of farms I knew.
Two book signings for WHILE led to homework for locating venues for presentations and book signings.
Back in the classroom, this teacher spoke at Career Day in a Columbus elementary school. I forgot how tiring standing for seven presentations can be. I was pleasantly surprised ewhen students asked to read aloud one of my children's books. Every reader chose to read the same book ZOO RACE (Zaner-Bloser).
Mid-May I am the guest speak for a book club in Marysville,OH. celebrating  their anniversary.
This summer promises to be busy as we are planning our 50th wedding anniversary in August.
Hope you summer is full of good books including WHILE...Born During WWII.

First Exhibition

March 7,2014 was the start of a month long exhibition of my works at the Greater Columbus chapter of the National League of American Pen Women's exhibition at the Ohioana Library. "Parallel Arts-Women Create" is a presentation of art from Columbus woman of music, photography, paintings, clothing and written word. Members presented three works of art. I entered a poster of WHILE hangs above a glass case containing the book and plate and cup mentioned in the book. ( one my mother bought in the States at the time Hilde was painting china in Germany). I also showcase a work in progress of excerpts from Raising Six Hannas in Gahanna. My talks given on both works were well received.It is exciting to be a part of this display of talent.
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