Monday, April 16, 2007
Goodbyes and Hellos
Since I've been away from the blog, some big changes have taken place in my life. A few months ago we had to tell our sweet neurotic Brittany Spaniel Tia "goodbye." She was 13 years old. Poor Marge, the year-old pup we "rescued" last year, was as bummed out as the rest of the family. She was very lonely. So we said "Hello" to Harry, a mini dachshund now 3 months old. He and Marge are having a wonderful time playing tug of war, chasing each other and wrestling. We're having fun watching them.
Another happy "hello" was said Thursday night to a couple of old friends -- Bruce Edwards and his mother Harriet Edwards. They hosted the third "Author Dessert Event" at the Borger Country Club in Borger, Texas and I had the honor of being one of the 5 speakers present. Over the years, Bruce and I have been in critique groups together, attended the same conferences and become good friends. I've really missed him since he moved to the Austin area a few years ago. Harriet, his mom, is so supportive of writers and she knows how to organize a fabulous event. Dinner was great, the desserts -- and there were too many to count -- made my mouth water just looking at them, and the turn-out of readers to hear the presentations was wonderful thanks to the publicity Harriet was able to generate. I had a great time! All the people I met in Borger were so gracious. Best of all, they laughed at my jokes!
Last night I finished reading the novel EAST OF EDEN by John Steinbeck. Haven't read one of the classics in a long, long time. My son the Englist Lit major finished it over spring break and told me, "If you haven't read this, you should. It's amazing." He was right. It's a modern-day retelling of the Cane and Abel Bible story. Authors in Steinbeck's day tended to be more "wordy" than authors of today, and I had a bit of a struggle getting past that at first, but once I did, I lost myself in his wonderful storytelling and complex characters. If you missed this one in school, pick it up. I have a feeling I'll be thinking about its themes for a long time to come. It's amazing how they still hold true all these decades later.