“In the early days, the chimps ran away every time they saw me—they had never seen a white ape before.”
Dr. Jane Goodall, who in her twenties left the comforts of her home in England to live in Africa and study wild animals, was one of my childhood heroes. I leapt at the opportunity to hear her speak about her new book, Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants.
Goodall discovered that non-human animals make and use tools, which forced scientists to redefine the relationship between humans and other animals. And she has become a preeminent and persuasive force for improving animal welfare around the world.
So I was surprised to hear Goodall lending her impassioned voice to the cause of saving plants, and further, that she did not advocate the widely-accepted adage to “think globally; act locally.”
Read the rest of my article here.
I’m excited to announce that Travel Stories from Around the Globe is featured in the current issue of ePublish Yourself!, a guide for “independent authors, publishers, and other creatives to success in the epublishing world.”
The ePublish Yourself! article includes my Lowell Thomas Gold Award-winning story, Silk from Ashes, as an excerpt from Travel Stories from Around the Globe, along with links to the book on Amazon and Kindle.
Check out ePublish Yourself! —it’s rich with information and resources about publishing, pricing, promotion, sales and marketing, libraries, e-readers, industry news, interviews with successful authors and agents, audiobooks, and more.
Kelly Corrigan has survived breast cancer, helped raise more than $4,000,000 for Oakland’s Children’s Hospital and Research Center, and has her own page on Wikipedia. She authored a YouTube video that went viral, and has written three New York Times bestselling memoirs—and she isn’t even fifty yet!
I loved Kelly’s coming-of-middle-age story called The Middle Place, so I attended Dominican University’s Leadership Lecture Series, sponsored by Book Passage, to hear her speak about her latest book, Glitter and Glue. The title refers to Kelly’s mom’s characterization of herself and Kelly’s dad: “Your father’s the glitter, but I’m the glue” that holds our family together.
Read my article on The Women’s Eye to find out whether Kelly is the glitter or the glue in her own family, now that she’s a mom herself … and what she thinks is the “coolest thing about the coolest people” she knows … and who in Kelly’s family has a BRF—a Bitchy Resting Face … and—especially for fiction fans—what Kelly really thinks about pearl onions.
The airwaves, that is. Linda Watanabe McFerrin, Jonathan Taylor and I had a wide-ranging pre-Valentine’s Day conversation on “Lilycat on Stuff” FCC-free radio. The show begins with one of my favorite songs, Tom Waits’ “Blind Love,” and we go on to discuss love and sex, underwear (check out Blackbird Underpinnings gorgeous lingerie), humor, coming out, voyeurism, rhythm, zombies, the path to enlightenment, poetry, fearlessness, the laws of thermodynamics, bagel factories, and more.
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