A few things are in the works so this is my quick, forgive me, hello, all is well, God is good and the beat goes on. And that’s life. In the middle of our beautiful, chaotic and sometimes broken lives – life goes on.
Much of my road-tripping has been family related so as people ask me, “Have you been on the road much?” The answer is yes, yes, and yes. But much of it has been to kiss and hug The Charmings (grandbaby boys 4 & 4 months) and to see my youngest son off on his most recent deployment. I was delighted to be able to travel with his wife and family to Mississippi to spend a few days with him before he left for Afghanistan. I was not delighted to miss the two times he tried to ring me after he arrived. My cell phone stays glued to my hip for this reason but only a moment out of range or in the shower and OF COURSE. So I save the message just because it’s good to hear his voice. Such a Mama I am. God Bless all the men and women serving this country and may those deployed in war zones come home. Safe and sound.
If you’ve been popping in on the website lately you may have noticed that it’s been changing daily, that buttons are missing, that strange things are appearing in odd places but not to worry – the website is being simplified in distinct ways and some great creative material added so please stay tuned. You’ll notice the ‘talk to me’ button added but it’s not yet functional. It’s a way that you can drop by and say a quick word, get in touch, or listen to a recent hello podcast, or read a new note.
The Clearstory Radio page will soon have more ways for you to tune in and listen as well as access some of our favorite Classic Clearstory programs. And it has been a pleasure to bring you literary news and author interviews for years. And it has been FUN! I was having lunch today and someone asked me what type of music I played and I explained how I loved to play music that relates to the author. Their favorite song, music that inspired them during the writing of the book or music from the time period the book is set in. In addition, we have some great regular features, a spotlight on a worthy cause, a little piece called ‘Walking A Blog’ and more. If you haven’t tuned in for awhile or have never listened, oh, c’mon. Join us for a fun hour of author talk, book news, and musical interludes!
Currently – yes, I am on the road. Down Texas way and speaking very shortly at the Methodist Women’s Fall Brunch. It was the home church (I don’t think they are around today) of President and Laura Bush where they were married which I didn’t realize until I arrived. And actor Tommy Lee Jones is apparently from Midland, Texas but shoot, I don’t think he’s at the brunch today either. But some beautiful women that have decorated the tables to the point they are awe inspiring. (I’ll post photos here as soon as possible.)
Today’s event and tomorrow morning are focused on the story of Praying for Strangers. How it came to be. About the journey from there – - – to here.
I am so thankful as you read this that you are a part of that journey.
Blessings on this September Saturday!