may flowers

April 7th, 2010

From time to time I hear from a faithful reader in a neighboring town. Today she wrote to me and said that each morning when she arrives at work, the first thing she reads in her inbox is this blog. This post is for her and everyone else who reads their mail.

I took this photo today in my backyard. The azaleas are laden with blooms and they bend low over the ponds. Blooms on perennials like azalea bushes reappear each year, although they aren’t really perennial. The spring show comes out of nowhere, and returns nowhere. The flowers won’t be here by early May, but I hope you will.

Please come to my kitchen and garden
to celebrate the homecoming of my new book
Hand Wash Cold
Sunday, May 2, 2010
2-4 p.m.
397 N. Lima St., Sierra Madre CA
Everyone, everyone
come talk, walk and listen
you needn’t tell me you’re coming
I’ll be waiting just the same
There will be room for us all
We may run out of chairs, we may run out of cookies
but we won’t run out of breath
I’ll be reading, signing and selling words on a page
(just in time for Mother’s Day).
Now, take out your pen or i-gadget and write down the date, time and place. It won’t be the same without you. Without you, it won’t happen at all!

Today’s Bouquet: Another web giveaway of Hand Wash Cold. Go to this site and you’ll not only see the first blush of my chapter on parenting, but if you leave a comment there you’ll be in close company to win the book.

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  1. So wish I could be there! Enjoy it!

    Comment by Corinne — April 7, 2010 @ 2:24 am

  2. just wanted to let you know that i pre-ordered it from amazon, and enjoyed reading it very much. thanks…:-)

    Comment by phyllis — April 7, 2010 @ 3:35 am

  3. Can’t make it all the way from Amsterdam, but I wish you all a fantastic spring event!
    And guess what, I start my mornings with your blogposts too.

    Comment by Rose — April 7, 2010 @ 6:09 am

  4. Sierra Madre is a long way from Portland, Oregon. I won’t be able to be there in person, but I will be there in spirit. Thank you so for this wonderful blog and words of inspiration.

    Comment by suzi — April 7, 2010 @ 1:01 pm

  5. What a lovely invitation. I’ll be there in spirit.

    Comment by Meg — April 7, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

  6. I am so looking forward to having you here.

    Comment by Swirly — April 7, 2010 @ 4:10 pm

  7. Oh, I do wish I could be there. You never know. It’s not likely since I live on the other side of the continent but I will keep it in mind in case my path finds me there then. I just received my copy of Hand Wash Cold yesterday in the mail and I am absolutely salivating to start it. I am going to go early for my haircut appointment so I can get a coffee and sit and read a bit to start my day. I can see already just by flipping through it that this will be a book I will give many, many times over to the people in my life. Thank you for your words on the page, for making me feel, “oh, me too”, through so much of your first book, Momma Zen.

    Comment by Kim — April 9, 2010 @ 12:25 pm

  8. If I lived closer, I would come. Which reminds me, when I have moved into my new home, I will have much more living room space to host a visit, if you want to come promote your book. (I’m remembering the article you posted about an author who held discussion groups hosted in readers’ homes.)

    Comment by Kathryn — April 9, 2010 @ 3:56 pm

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