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My So-Called Book Tour

Santa Cruz Comes Out for Community

There was great discussion about community at the Santa Cruz Public Library.
Thanks to the efforts of my old friends Frank and Karen Gallant and Friends of the Library, Santa Cruz-ers turned out at the main public library on a Monday evening to hear me read from the book.

The conversation that followed was lively. A few people living in the nearby co-housing community of Walnut  Read More 
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Senior Arts Colony in North Hollywood

Being interviewed for Experience Talks, to be aired on KPFK on Sept. 27. Assistant producer John Semper, Jr. in background
L.A.'s Great Big Freeway was all that, but Ross successfully chauffered me to North Hollywood to the NoHo Senior Arts Colony. What a cool place that is. Imagine if you feel like going to a play and all you had to do was walk downstairs and settle into a theater with your  Read More 
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Adios to the Southwest

Canyon de Chelly (pronounced Shay) blew our minds.
One last side trip before heading for the West Coast—the incredible Canyon de Chelly on the Navaho Reservation in Arizona near the Four Corners--an awesome expanse of red rock canyons and Anasazi ruins. What makes Canyon de Chelly so special is the oasis at the bottom, where Navaho farmers continue to live part-time  Read More 
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Maria's Bookshop in Durango

Many of the Great Old Broads for Wilderness and other folks turned out on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Durango to hear my book talk at Maria’s Book Store. Maria’s is a thriving independent shop that I was proud to be in. Community relations manager Roger Cottingham urged me to, “Come on  Read More 
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Birds of a Feather

Two houses at Birds of a Feather
We next headed to Pecos, to tour Birds of a Feather, a community for gays and lesbians that I wrote about in the book. We were bowled over by the beauty of the property and the adobe homes and spent a fun afternoon with owner Bonnie McGowan. Unfortunately most of the Birds had flown  Read More 
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Albuquerque--Way Cool Town

Route 66 motels are alive and well in Albuquerque
In Albuquerque, I met up with Megan Kamerick, a producer with New Mexico PBS who also freelances as a radio host on KUNM’s Women’s Focus program. She interviewed me at the studio on the campus of University of New Mexico—what a pleasure as she had actually read and seemed to enjoy  Read More 
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Touring Texas

Tom Treanor, Mo O'Connell, and Ross
Thanks to Betty Baer and Fred Krasny for hosting a book event at their home, with lots of cool book-buying people with a range of ideas and questions about their future housing plans. Madeline Appel, representing an emerging Village, Neighbors 4 Neighbors Network, came and shared her group’s progress. Very fun gathering.

From there,  Read More 
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Unique Community Award: Escapees CARE

Helen said her friends there support her not out of obligation "but out of love."

After sharing a bowl of chicken-sausage gumbo and an oyster po’boy along Bayou Teche in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, we reluctantly hit the Interstate heading West. We pulled into Livingston, Texas, later than planned, but were warmly met by folks at Escapees CARE (Continuing Assistance for Retired Escapees).

Escapees, for the  Read More 
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First Event of The Tour-Chapin, South Carolina

The Clubhouse greeted me with this sign.
My dear friend since third grade (that’s 54 years, but who’s counting), Marcia Heath Blakewood and a new friend Dale Smith, an inspiring elder who is in my book, hosted a lovely afternoon book event at Timberlake Country Club in Chapin, South Carolina. The Columbia, SC newspaper, The State, had given the event  Read More 
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Leaving Home

Thanks to Kristin and Scott for seeing us off
My So-Called Book Tour begins! First stop: Cooleemee, NC--with its Textile Heritage Museum and where my sister-law Lynn Rumley is Mayor.
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