A Very Good Day

Yesterday, that is.

Today has yet to unfold and there is no point in whining about all the things on my to-do list. I’ll just say that it won’t come as any big surprise if a number of things on it slop over into tomorrow and beyond. Mondays are like that. It’s the day I do all the mundane tasks involved in maintaining a home and a growing business. It is not a day to be creative.

Sunday is a different matter. Attending five-o-clock mass on Saturday means that even if I wake up early on Sunday morning I can stay in bed and read as long as I want. Then it’s downstairs for a cup of tea and the crossword puzzle in the Washington Post. Solving it is a weekly treat. Word candy is the term that comes to mind. Sweet, satisfying and well worth waiting for. The rest of the day is mine to do with as I please while my dear husband relaxes by watching football. Sometimes I read, sometimes I watch chick flicks. But my favorite thing to do on Sunday afternoons is attend the Community Literary Jams held at the Round Hill Arts Center on the first and third Sundays of each month.

Writers of all ages are invited to read their short stories, poetry or novel beginnings. It’s a literary open mic where writers can receive supportive feedback and introduce their work to future fans. It’s also a place to meet local published authors. On the first Sunday of the month a featured author is invited to read his or her work and speak about writing.

Yesterday the featured author was Noel Grove, author of nine books and numerous magazine articles. He was kind enough to read from two of his works.

Anyone But Dwayne: “On June 4, 1965, a 22-year-old known for his exemplary behavior and gentle disposition walked into a small-town bank in the Midwest and shot four people he didn’t know.”

Why would the nicest guy in town do something like that? Read this true crime story to discover what the author believes is behind this stunning crime and post a note here and to let me know if you believe he got it right.

The Lure of Loudoun, Centuries of Change in Virginia’s Emerald County, by Noel Grove and Charles P. Poland Jr. “Much more than a local history, The Lure of Loudoun, Centuries of Change in Virginia’s Emerald County is a compelling diary in pictures and text of one of the nation’s fastest growing counties.”

This book is an amazing combination of fact and stunning photos. I can’t wait to delve into it and learn more about the inhabitants of the area where I now live, from the German, English and Scots-Irish who tended small farms so long ago to those who make up the huge increase in population in recent years.
If you have a story to share about the history of Loudoun County feel free to post it here. I’d love to read it.
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It was a pleasure to meet Noel again and to spend an afternoon with two more of my favorite writers, Betsy Allen author of The End of Gath and Dixiane Hallaj, author of Born a Refugee.

Community Literary Jams are free and open to the public. Please stop in and enjoy the day with us sometime.
Yes, yesterday was a very good day. As for today, it’s time to get back to work.

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3 Responses to “A Very Good Day”

  1. Ondreya Says:

    Hi Bobbi!
    Best wishes on blogging every day of 2011. Your post was encouraging!
    I started a blog New Year’s Eve with the hope of kicking off a past project idea that I need to activate now. This is my first non-assignment blog (I bravely finished two for a couple university classes). Since this is a work in progress, changes and more experience are sure to help me improve.
    Please visit my blog and make a comment:
    http://www.ondreya2ladies.blogspot.com
    Thanks,
    Ondréya
    (a Pennwriter)

  2. Charli Mac Says:

    Sunday’s are like that for me too, at least the first half of the day. Then its making sure wash is done for the upcoming week and grocery shopping. But, most of the day is for me.

    It’s great to get out and meet fellow writers, I highly recommend it to all scribes. Hapy New Year!

  3. Frances Gardemal Says:

    Can I just say what a relief to find someone who at some point knows what they’re talking about on the internet. You beyond doubt know how to bring an issue to light and make it compelling. More people need to read this and understand this side of the story. I cant believe youre not more popular because you definitely have the gift.

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