|Posted by John R. Daubney on November 8, 2010 at 6:32 PM|
I took part in a book fair yesterday - another first for me - in Glens Falls, New York at the Queensbury Hotel. I met many, many wonderful people, among them my friend and contributor to the book, Connie Messitt from the Priory in Chestertown, New York. Sister Connie directs retreats at the Priory - her passion. www. prioryretreathouse.org/ She brings smiles to the faces of so many folks when she walks into a room!
I met Beverly Down, a life coach, who is also a contributor to the book, Inspiring Creativity, An anthology of Powerful Insights and practical Ideas to Guide You to Successful Creating. Beverly and I connected instantly, especially around our admiration for Marianne Williamson. I even got a chance to be in a group of authors with Bev, who gave 5 minute talks on their books. What a thrill that was. I thought I could watch others more experienced than I to get the hang of it but, lo and behold, I was the first to kick off our group of speakers. I was a bit hesitant and stammered a bit but I did it. Thank God I have learned to laugh at my gaffs, always give it my best, and leave the rest up to Spirit! It was an education. Later I was part of a panel discussing the topic, How I Got Published. That was fun and the audience asked a lot of good questions. I must say that the writers I am meeting are mostly very nice people. They all put themselves on the line with their writing and promoting, and I'm learning that takes a lot of courage. I'm gaining a real admiration for writers and I guess, conversely, for myself.
I also met a young author by the name of Wanda Shapiro, who has written Sometimes That Happens With Chicken, a novel. Wanda is a very dynamic young woman who has a burning passion to improve the plight of self-publishers. It was exciting being around her---passion is contagious!!
Another amazing connection was with Lisa Woititz, the daughter of Jan Woititz, author Adult Children of Alcoholics and Struggle for Intimacy, both best sellers that have greatly affected my work, my life and my recovery from alcoholism. I recalled that I had attended one of Jan's personal appearances back in the late 1980s. Lisa has been carrying on her mom's work introducing a whole new generation to her mom's books which have been instrumental in helping millions of people become aware of the effects of growing up in an alcoholic family and how to find a way out. LIsa now works in the field of alcoholism herself. Our meeting was a powerful moment for both of us. I was able to show her the effect her mom had on the life and work of Anne Waldorf as well. Anne is the storyteller in Chapter 5 of Those Who Walk with Fire. She was thrilled as was Anne when I later told her of our meeting. We three will probably get together for a chat at some time in the coming year.
I also have give cudos to me friend, Andy Lavigne, who kept vigil at our table while I spent a great deal of time hobnobbing and being involved in a couple of panels. I couldn't have done that without Andy. This once again speaks to how much I need the help of others to carry out my work. For a guy who has always lived with a large portion of self-sufficiency this has been a chance to grow in this area.
The night ended with a wonderful "cherry on the top of my sundae" when Anne and I met at our favorite restaurant for a nice, relaxing dinner together. What a fortunate man I am! Thank you.