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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.

Happy Reading,

Jenny

7 comments:

Desperate Writer said...

I miss Tia! It's always so hard to say goodbye. It's nice that you all have Harry now! I know for a fact he'll keep everyone smiling and on their toes.

I should delve into the classics myself. I claim to be such a book lover, and just like watching old movies, I should also read classic books. I kinda feel guilty that I haven't....

Jennifer said...

Yes, Harry is a keeper! As for the classics, I'm happy to loan you East of Eden whenever you decide you're ready to take the plunge!

dee said...

So does Harry miss me?? glad you're back to blogging I need to keep mine more up to date but with so much going on, it's hard to update without writing a novel! I finished the book "Stumbling on Happiness" this week. Not fiction, but some really interesting insights into the strange way that people think and the assumptions that they make....very interesting and some of the concepts would make great fiction!!

dee said...

keep mine more up to date but with so much going on, it's hard to update without writing a novel! I finished the book "Stumbling on Happiness" this week. Not fiction, but some really interesting insights into the strange way that people think and the assumptions that they make....very interesting and some of the concepts would make great fiction!!

Travis Erwin said...

Losing a great dog is hard. Several years ago my Chesapeake Bay Retriever had to be put down and to this day I miss her. Your Brittany was beatiful. One of my hunting buddies has two and they are both great dogs as I'm sure yous was.

But weiner dogs are cool and a lot of fun too. We had several when I was a kid, including a couple of long hairs.

Jsut wnated to say hello and commetn to let you know I check out hte blog from time to time. Glad to see you're back at it again.

Jennifer said...

Hi Dee and Travis!

Good to hear from you. Dee I would love to read that book! Is it yours or did you check it out?

Travis, how goes the writing?

Travis Erwin said...

The writing as always is going slowly, but I'm plugging along. Just launched a website and a blog myself.

How about with you? When is your next Next coming out? Boy is that awkward sounding.

I seem to be having trouble getting this blogger to take my log in and what not. If this comes through multiple times I'm sorry.