December 4th, 2007

Some people really have nerve. A few months ago a young couple had the gall to open a teeny bookstore in my dinky hometown. They have the impudence to think that people still read stuff that’s not on a computer screen. Furthermore, they’re the foolhardy kind who dream that people will buy from a store they have to walk into and cheeky enough to sell books no one has ever heard of.

It’s enough to make you believe in yourself.

Now you know where I come in. Since it’s the holiday season, and you’re not done shopping by a long shot, and you might have heard from someone more reliable than me about a nifty gift idea for your favorite mom with her finger in a light socket or a blissfully unaware mother-to-be, let me suggest that you straightaway contact Sally at Sierra Madre Books to order by phone or email either the classic hardcover edition of Momma Zen or the jazzy new identical-in-every-way paperback. I know you can get it anywhere, but here’s the last little audacious part: I will pop down to the store and sign the book along with an intimate and magical salutation to you or your recipient, and Sally will ship the gift to its yuletide destination. Be sure you tell her all the particulars.

It might not be enough to make you believe in Santa Claus, but I bet you’re mightily impressed by the woman in red doing a back swan dive off the high board. Pretend she’s me. I’m taking the dare, and I’m taking everyone with me.


  1. just popping in to say, i adore you.

    Comment by Wendy — December 4, 2007 @ 10:52 am

  2. Oh, the nerve of some people!!! (how’s that for exclamation points?)

    Comment by Shawn — December 4, 2007 @ 12:34 pm

  3. What a wonderful thing to do. Now I have to think about who all should most get a copy of your book…

    Comment by Mary P Jones (MPJ) — December 4, 2007 @ 3:37 pm

  4. Sounds precious!

    Can you recommend any beginner Zen reading. Other than “Momma Zen” of course (which I am buying for my sis who just became a mom). I just found your blog and like what you have to say. I want more.

    Comment by Frizz — December 4, 2007 @ 5:48 pm

  5. for all who will be gifted by your words, a great big Wo-Hoo!
    And I want a copy signed by you, so I can see your handwriting.
    I’ll get on the phone and place my order!

    Comment by bella — December 4, 2007 @ 6:00 pm

  6. This audacious bookstore appears to be across the street from my doctor’s office. I might just have to pop in and say hi. Will you sign a book for me? Hmm, now who else needs one …?

    Comment by RocketMom — December 4, 2007 @ 6:47 pm

  7. Frizz:
    You can get a belly full of zen right here. And when you’re sick of it, check out my post “The Zen Bookshelf” under the Zen category archives. Be especially wary of any book “about” Zen or “about” Buddhism. They are like chewing rocks and just as nourishing!

    Speaking of which, I do agree I’d like to take a bite out of Addy.
    Congratulations Auntie Zen.

    Comment by Karen — December 4, 2007 @ 7:45 pm

  8. Of course you will be my first stop Zen shop…a new daily read!!

    Thank you!

    Comment by Frizz — December 4, 2007 @ 11:09 pm

  9. Rocketmom: Pop in and tell Sally I sent you. Georgia and I were just down there this afternoon figuring out the fulfillment system before fulfilling ourselves at another favorite stop of ours, “Savor the Flavor.” Yum.

    Comment by Karen — December 4, 2007 @ 11:36 pm

  10. you just rock my world. good for you!!!!

    Comment by Phyllis Sommer — December 5, 2007 @ 3:32 am

  11. I have to say, your book is on my wish list (and I’m in the mood to treat myself!).

    Comment by shauna — December 6, 2007 @ 7:26 am

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