One morning, when our youngest son was two, we told him we’d go to
“My Ami?” I asked, confused.
He nodded vigorously. “Your Ami!”
“Ooooh,” I said, finally understanding. “We’ll go to
And we did.
This past weekend, I packed a suitcase and headed to Your Ami, er,
Friday evening, I gave a short talk titled: “Don’t Quit!”
Later, at the speaker’s dinner, Sid Fleischman leaned toward me and said, “Your talk was fantastic.”
Sid Fleischman! The man who has a humor award named after him!
When I was able to breath, I thanked him.
On Saturday, attendees enjoyed a bevy of inspiring and interesting speakers. Here's the schedule.
Saturday evening – “Ahoy, Matey!” – a nautical-themed dinner party.
Here I am with some of my sailor buddies . . .
Linda, Captain Dan, Riley and Donna
There were pirates . . .
Look who washed ashore . . .
And who dropped in from Gilligan’s
"Where's the Skipper, Little Buddy? Was he, um, voted off the island?"
And here's Sailor Sylvia . . .
"Swab that deck! Critique that manuscript!"
All had boatloads of fun.
Sunday was filled with workshops. I taught one about finding and applying for grants. The participants were so much fun. I hope they all get big, fat grants to further their careers.
The titles on the book cakes were as follows:
1. Frying Nemo
2. Rhyme of the Agent Marinara
3. The Old Man and the Critique
4. 20,000 Leagues Under the Slushpile
5. A Cake of Nautical Puns
6. Pirates of Penned Rants
7. Tuesdays with Morays
After an energizing weekend, it was time to say so-long to friends and Your Ami, er,
Until next year. . .