Before we went to Ireland, Fi and I attended a Love of Literature luncheon hosted by South Shore Stars. It is their annual fundraiser for RISE... Reading is so Exciting. For me, this couldn't be more accurate. As my local librarian recently told my daughter, " I love your mom, she is open to anything." So true, but being a cautious person, my adventures are limited to between the pages of a book. Still, I would say it's a great way to experience adventures, get a taste of other cultures, gain a different perspective, be entertained while learning, and expand your world. If you haven't picked up on it, I am a life long lover of books. And sometimes, I have had the chance to meet an amazing, interesting, kind, heartwarming author/artist.
Tea with Susan Branch.
I love Susan's style and whimsical illustrations, recipes and books, so I was excited to attend this tea. Even though Susan said she is really not a public speaker, her warmth radiated through her talk. What you see on her blog www.susanbranch.com is beautiful and thoughtful, and shows a special effort and attention to detail. Her writing is so engaging you feel you must read...just one more chapter. Check out A Fine Romance, a charming journal about the English countryside filled with her illustrations. As Susan advises, "Fill your heart with beauty."
and add some tea and scones!
And if you ever have the chance to visit Susan, run don't walk. At the very least check out her blog, you will be both delighted and inspired.