Too bad I don't have a new smileys program yet - haven't had much time for play lately. But, it would be fun to try to find an appropriate smiley to express our enjoyment of our visit with Elizabeth Moon last Monday! I think everyone enjoyed it! Elizabeth began talking about her book that we read, The Speed of Dark, and ended up talking about her autistic son, and a few other interesting topics. I was surprised that so many of us have been touched by mentally impaired people in our lives. Then I got to thinking about "the spectrum," as Elizabeth called it, and I think that a lot of people's aberrations may place them on or near "the spectrum," causing various degrees of disruption in their lives and the lives connected with them.
Thanks to those of you brought people to the discussion and to those who shared very personal stories about your friends and relatives and the difficulties and triumphs you have seen with them! The sharing made the meeting a very special and interesting one, more personal even than sharing our opinions about books, which can get rather personal at times!
Carol Rizzo was there for the New Neighbors group, taking some photos - I wonder where they will turn up?
I think the high points of our book discussion meetings are the times when we have an author visit! It spices up things a bit! Thanks to Frank for helping get Elizabeth here! And, thanks especially to Elizabeth for taking the time to visit with us and sharing with us! I decided to send a copy of this message to Elizabeth instead of writing a separate thank-you; it makes it more of a group activity. We tried to get her to join our group - I was getting all excited about it - but she hasn't time. But, you are still invited to join us any time, Elizabeth! Third Monday at 1:00 @Barnes/Noble!