Saturday, June 25, 2011


Last night was our 44th wedding anniversary, and what a grand time we had-------at a BOOKSIGNING! The gathering was so much fun, the food delicious (CRABCAKES!!), and the guests so delightful that my bridegroom and I couldn't drag ourselves away for a "just us" anniversary dinner.

I joined three other authors poolside in an Eden of a Garden until the sky cracked open; thunder, lightening, heavy rain, hail even. All of us ran, books in hand, for the safety of the host's home.
Oh my, what a home it was! Beautiful, welcoming, and around every corner was something or someone interesting to enjoy. For those of you who have read "Creola's Moonbeam", think of Beatrice's art-filled abode. If you haven't, try to imagine a magical house with marvelous surprises in every direction you turn.

John Cuevas, the author of "Cat Island", headlined the list of booksellers. His fascinating story is set on a Mississippi Gulf Coast barrier island. Painstakingly researched and beautifully written, John's historic book about his own family's island makes for quite a read.

We were also in the company of Casi McLean, whose book, "Wingless Butterfly: Confessions of a Recovering Jerk Magnet" was released only days ago. I recently met this courageous gal and plan to check out her website:

You've often read about Frank Cox in my blogs. Our longtime friend was also there last night and hopefully had as much fun as did Jamey and I. His "Lullabies for Lieutenants" is still going gangbusters! More congratulations to our Marine.

Indeed, congratulations to all the authors ... an event like this is what keeps us writing!

Many, many thanks to our host and hostess and to their terrific helpers/cooks/money handlers. The party couldn't have been any better.

How about those Cat Island descendants who graced the gathering . . . quite a family you've introduced us to, Beverly. Thank YOU!

On a personal note, thank you each and everyone, friends, neighbors, fans, Pius alums, Marist buddies, bridge players, and the Artist Way dear one, for our super anniversary celebration----did I mention the crabcakes?

What a night! Milam