I had a grand time sharing the beginnings of Heifer International with the residents of the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville, Ohio, last week. The Southern Ohio Heifer Project Committee was a big player in those beginnings. In return, many of the residents shared stories of their own involvement.
I’m looking forward to participating in Children’s Book Week with readings at Main Elementary School in Beavercreek on Friday and with a booth and reading at the First Annual Children’s Literature Festival at Memorial Park in St. Marys, Ohio, on Saturday. I’ll be there from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. My reading and talk will be at 12:30 in the Gazebo. If you’re in the area, stop in and say “hi”!
I was honored to be interviewed about my picture book THE SEAGOING COWBOY by Sharon Short in her literary column today in the Dayton Daily News. Thanks, Sharon, for introducing me to Dayton area readers! Sharon writes under the pen name Jess Montgomery and has a book of her own out now, THE WIDOWS. It’s a fantastic historical fiction read inspired by the story of Ohio’s first female sheriff which I highly recommend.
I attended a very enjoyable, moving, and inspirational concert last night put on by the Beavercreek, Ohio, Main Street Elementary choir. With the theme “Sow it on the Mountain” and artwork created by the students, the concert raised money for Heifer International. Between each song, the students narrated bits of Heifer International history and current work. Kudos to choir director Anita Campbell and the Main Street Pizzazz students!
I just learned that Better World Books closed their store in Goshen, Indiana, March 30. So sad. We need to keep the Independent Bookstores alive!
This Saturday, April 27, is National Independent Bookstore Day. My two favorite stores are New & Olde Pages Bookshoppe in Englewood, Ohio, and Better World Books in Goshen, Indiana. Visit yours this weekend!
I had a lovely conversation earlier this week with Heifer International’s World Ark magazine editor Jason Woods. Here is Jason’s blog post from that interview.
Peggy Reiff Miller will be a keynote speaker at the Church of the Brethren National Older Adult Conference at Lake Junaluska Conference Center, Thursday, September 7. Her 70-minute illustrated talk on “Delivering Hope to the Next Generation” will be live streamed at 10:30 a.m. at http://www.brethren.org/Inspiration2017. The talk will give the back story of how she became the documenter of the seagoing cowboy history, the legacy of the seagoing cowboys and the Heifer Project, and the importance of continuing to deliver hope to the next generation.
Children’s author Peggy Archer has posted an interview with me on her Peggy’s Pages blog. Check it out to see what inspired me to write the book, what kind of research and marketing I did, current projects, etc.
Independent bookstores mean the world to authors. They are our champions. I celebrate them today and encourage you to patronize your favorite indie today and every day. My favorite: my local bookstore, Better World Books in Goshen, Indiana.