This has been a week like no other, starting with a flower-strewn 97th birthday that was celebrated quietly with Dorian -- watching Netflix movies and eating lavishly buttered popcorn.
Quiet was a gift onto itself, in the middle of another fraught-filled daily schedule that defies custom, practice, or even common sense! What other woman approaching the century mark would dare to even attempt the life I'm leading?
And next week, month, year, holds promise to deliver more of the same, since "The World" doesn't appear to be slowing down one iota, and I continue to rise up to meet it, sometimes foolishly, I suppose.
I'm enjoying the book readings/signings, and audiences seem to be as well.
Note: "Of Lost Conversations" is the title of my talks that occur 3-5 times weekly in our theater at the Visitor Education Center at Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park. Reservations are necessary due to limited seating, and can be arranged for by calling (510) 232-5050 x 0. Groups over 20 can arrange for a special presentation at another day and time in addition to those listed below. Lead Ranger, Elizabeth Tucker, schedules such events.
Tuesday October 2 "Of Lost Conversations" (2:00-3:00)
Wednesday October 3 Radio/video interview for Manufacturing Radio NJ
Thursday October 4 "Of Lost Conversations" (with special guests!) (2:00-3:00)
Saturday October 6 "Of Lost Conversation" (2:00-3:00 pm) (11:00)
Sunday October 7 Phone interview with two middle-school girls in W. Palm Beach, Fla
Sunday October 7 "A Community Conversation" (South Berkeley Senior Center)
Monday October 8 Phone interview with S.F. Weekly re S.F. Litquake (11:00)
Monday October 8 Book Signing at Book Passages in San Carlos
Tuesday October 9 "Of Lost Conversations" (2:00-3:00 pm)
Thursday October 11 "Of Lost Conversations (11:00 am-12:00 pm)
Saturday October 13 "Of lost Conversations (2:00-3:00 pm)
Monday October 15 Storytelling at "Litquake", San Francisco book festival
Tuesday October 16 "Of Lost Conversations" (11:00 am-12:00 pm) for high school class
Tuesday October 16 "Of Lost Conversations (2:00-3:00 pm)
Thursday October 18 Interview re Port Chicago tragedy with journalist
Thursday October 18 "Of Lost Conversations (11:00 am-12:00 pm)
Saturday October 20 "Of Lost Conversations (2:00-3:00 pm)
Sunday October 21 Fly to Irvine for book/signing reading for Orange County Librarians
Tuesday October 23 "Of Lost Conversations" (2:00-3:00 pm)
Wednesday October 24 Facebook live interview with Sheryl Sandburg (all day)
Thursday October 25 "Of Lost Conversations" (11:00 am-12:00 pm)
Saturday October 27 "Of Lost Conversations" (2:00-3:00 pm)
Sunday October 28 Into the studio to record the audio book for Hay House
Monday October 29 Into the studio to record the audio book for Hay House
Tuesday October 30 Fly to Southern California to tape Steve Harvey Show (all day)
Wednesday October 31 Into the studio to complete audio book for Hay House
Thursday November 1 "Of Lost Conversations" (11:00 am-12:00 pm)
Thursday November 1 Book/reading/signing, San Leandro City Hall (5:00-8:00 pm)
Saturday November 3 "Of Lost Conversations" (2:00-3:00 pm)
Sunday November 4 Kensington Unitarian/Universalist Church, Berkeley (2:45-4:30 pm)
Tuesday November 6 "Of Lost Conversations" (11:00 am-12:00 pm)
Wednesday November 7 AAUW Book Signing, Pleasant Hill, CA
Thursday November 8 "Of Lost Conversations" (11:00-12:00)
Then I'll fly to New York and the East Coast for events associated with Glamour Magazine to be held 11th, 12th, 14th. Will return around the 16th. More about this as the dates approach. Very exciting, I promise, but not to be revealed (on orders from Glamour) until the December issue hits the stands on November 6th.
As an aside, half the fun of having these incredible experiences is sharing the anticipation with those near and far. Having to keep secrets about such things is both difficult and, at times, virtually impossible. Spoils the adventure in some ways. I've only been reasonably successful, but not completely.
Monday November 19 Town & Gown Club book reading/signing , Berkeley
Saturday November 24 "Of Lost Conversations" (2:00-3:00)
Break for Thanksgiving
Saturday December 8 "Of Lost Conversations" (2:00-3:00)
Dates in December will be erratic and at this point unpredictable, what with it being the holiday season, and by then fatigue will surely have set in, and it will be time for me to "... rest ye with those merry gentlemen" or collapse totally!
In December there will be the introduction of one of my original songs by the Oakland Symphony on the 16th at the Paramount Theater in Oakland. The National Parks Conservancy Association West Coast annual meeting in San Francisco to which I'm a participant. The Berkeley Public Library Association is holding their Authors dinner at which I've been invited to participate in February.
I will copy this entry to the "Sign my name to freedom" pages, and will add to them as needed.