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6/8/14

Thank you!

My sister and I are ten years apart, but we must have a thing about dressing alike!  Note above photo, and our purple jackets in Redwing!!  Needless to say, we have a good time together, especially when we travel.  What a blessing it was to have her join our group at the Anderson Center.  It was a healing trip in so many ways, and good for our souls.  Thank you all for just being your wonderful potato selves!!



I returned to a book signing at Barnes & Noble, as well as our local bookstore, Frugal Frigate.  Still struggling with the last 15 words for my latest book, but my agent is pitching a book to Peachtree this week.  School is almost over and my eyes are worn out from reading so many papers.  This summer will be recovery, reading some classics and some y.a., and letting my old brain rest for a little.  It will also involve looking at my sister's book about our retreat, remembering conversations at the dinner table - thanks for making us laugh so hard, John, reliving the wonderful taste of Mark's fresh salmon and Betsy's garlic potatoes, relishing the secret passageway to the magnificent works of art, smiling at the height difference between Tall Dave and Tall Carmen, quiet talks with Edie, wonderful advice from Christy about playing with art, getting lost with Stephanie on the way to Vasa, and reading stories with my fellow potatoes. I will also remember the symphony to beat all symphonies, and Lauren so bravely reading her story on that giant stage.   You all are so talented.  It is an honor to be a part of this group.  When can we do this again??

8 comments:

Edie Hemingway said...

I'm ready for our next spud retreat, too, Diane! It was especially nice to have you and Nancy there, and I look forward to the memory book.

Stephanie said...

Love it! Although I'm sensing a pattern, because I also got lost with Christy while trying to find The Red Balloon... I shouldn't be the navigator...

john said...

Diane, I'm excited to see what you and Nancy have put together and your generosity and healing touched me as well. I, too, am eager to see where out next gathering will be. And i know you're going to bring those final fifteen words home in style.

Lauren said...

Well, I know you have brought those final words home in style, Diane. Congratulations!

I too, cannot wait for our next retreat. What a group.

mark said...

I am still riding the wave of inspiration generated during our retreat, and some of my fondest memories from that time involve conversations I had with you and Nancy. I am truly blessed to be a member of this club!

Christy said...

Can't we all be sisters? I love how your big sister became a big sister for all of us. I never had a sister and I kind of liked it!

I'm so glad you braved that flight, Diane. You were such an important part of our time together. It was fun to get to know you better, and having Nancy there just added to the sense of us all being family.

Betsy Woods said...

Oh Diane, the time together at Anderson Center was so full and rich! The words, the stories--flow . . . Convinced we all entered into the creative heart, became it for one another; what a gift.

David LaRochelle said...

Meeting you in person was a delight, Diane. You and your sister are so much fun! I loved the hand chosen books you, Nancy, and Stephanie brought back for each of us from the Vasa bag sale! And Nancy will always be an honorary spud.