Mariamante, my favorite religious goods store in the world, hosted a Haystack Full of Needles talk and book signing early in November.
Huntington's Renaissance Gourmet made an absolutely beautiful setting:
And the continental breakfast was lovely:
There is nothing like speaking before a friendly audience (sorry for the blurry photos—I neglected to turn on the flash):
One of the highlights for me was seeing Josephine Nobisso, author of The Weight of a Mass and the new book Take it to the Queen, in the audience! She is as charming and gracious as you can imagine (and homeschooled her daughter all the way through high school).
Irene, the owner of Mariamante, introduces me. Note my blank expression and clasped hands. Not exactly nerves of steel there!
Many thanks to Irene for having me and to all those who attended! It was a great morning I will not soon forget!
The Dallas branch of Neiman Marcus department store has unveiled its Children's-Dreams-of-Saving-the-Environment display, made up of "59 rotating translucent globes filled with crushed up aluminum cans, diapers, rolled newspapers and the like arranged in the shape of a tree."
My first thought upon reading this is that the Babe in the manger never used any. I also can't help wondering what the bottom line of the "lesson" for children is meant to be.
My next was a question of simple mathematics. According to my calculations, a child potty-trained at age two would need to go through almost 14 diapers a day every day of his life to get to the stated "typical" use of 10,000. A child potty-trained at age three would need to use 9 or more diapers a day to reach the norm.
If you can get through a six-minute conversation about cats, you will see Joy Behar, participant in the popular television show "The View," opine that homeschooled children are "demented." [Beginning minute 6:16 or so.]
Now if, by "demented," she means intelligent, independent, informed, respectful of parents, humorous, considerate, content, and loving, I would have to agree. Otherwise, I would say Joy Behar needs to get out and meet a few homeschooled children.