I receive many charity requests in my daily mail, but I got one last week that just about knocked me over:
Aw, God. Just look at that. Right on the outside of the envelope.
The tears started somewhere near my stomach, and worked their way up to my eyes. I wiped them away and reached for my checkbook. “How much will it take?” I choked out, “To love that crooked headed little tiger for the rest of her life?”
A fat, solitary tear plopped onto my check, right next to the memo where I wrote, “Please give her a little extra carcass tonight. From me.”
Have you seen the ads on TV sponsored by the US Treasury that urge us to save our money, instead of splurging on things we don't need? Right. The ones in which a creepy human / piggy bank is badgering the person about to piss his money away on a widescreen TV or whatever. So....are we supposed to SPEND our stimulus checks? Or save them? You tell us, gubmint!
Guess who I had dinner with last week? The one and only bestselling author Lesley Kagen! She was incredibly warm, witty, and gracious, inviting me to dine with her and the tight-knit, fun-loving book club that also attended her reading. If you haven't yet read Whistling in the Dark, pick it up. I'm pretty sure you'll love it. (You can also pre-order her new book, Land of a Hundred Wonders, from which Lesley read her opening chapter--I can't wait to read it.)
I don't even know what to caption this picture, because just looking at me with Lesley makes me get all fangirly and verklempt. Starstruck? Me? Don't mind if I do!
Finally, this blog post will be my last 'til Friday, because this is one of those crazy weeks: I'll be in Chicago on Wednesday evening (July 16, 7 pm) reading from my novel-in-progress as part of local author night at The Book Cellar. (Wine, books, and good friends--what more does a girl need?) Thursday I'll be doing a reading at the Portage County Library in Stevens Point at 6 pm. So if you're in either area on those dates, come on down! (Or up, depending. Maybe sideways.)