Thursday, March 28, 2013

GOOD STUFF

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

I love it when good stuff happens -- like receiving an unexpected gift in the mail. I talk to Elisa from The Crazy Life Of A Writing Mom almost every day. We aren't just shooting the breeze, though we do that, too. We talk about her business, Wayman Publishing. Some good stuff happened to Elisa and Wayman today, so I want to remind you about the very cool Wayman giveaway:

From now until the end of May, anytime you purchase a Wayman book or e-book, you can send the verifiable receipt number to waymansweepstakes@gmail.com, and you'll automatically be entered to win an iPad Mini.


Go here for further details:

Elisa works so hard for the authors who publish through Wayman. It's not easy to start a business, and she deserves our support. I applaud Elisa for giving writers a chance to get their work out into the world. Elisa has become my middle child (she fits in perfectly between Favorite Young Man and The Hurricane) even though I've never met her. 

I've said it before, and I know I'll say it again: Blogging has given me a family. I love you all so much.

Now here's something good that happened to me recently. When The Hurricane was in elementary school, she took after-school art classes with a teacher named Betsy Stempien, who had a very positive influence on The Hurricane. When my little storm was here for Christmas, she even said that the time she spent with Betsy was one of the most positive aspects of her childhood.

I have a number of The Hurricane's paintings hanging in my house. She may have become a mathematician, but she's also a great artist. Betsy really sparked a love of art in my child. The Hurricane took numerous studio art classes and art history classes in high school and college.

But Betsy did more than teach The Hurricane how to draw. She offered my child wisdom and comfort when she needed it.

I was thinking about Betsy last week, so I Googled her. I found a phone number I hoped was hers. I called and got voice mail, and said I was looking for Betsy Stempien who used to teach after-school art classes.

Well, she called me back on Saturday. I had found the right person. To my surprise, she remembered The Hurricane and she remembered me. I told her what The Hurricane does now, but mostly I tried very hard to tell her what a positive impact she had on my child. We had a lovely conversation.

It was good stuff.

Elvis Aaron Schwarz is at a family reunion, but he left a message on my voice mail this morning. He said, You are who and what I want.

More good stuff.

Hi! Remember me?
I'm Elvis Aaron Schwarz.
My baby doll calls me Honey Bunny.
Don't you even think about calling me Honey Bunny.

I miss you, EAS! 

my two girls together
really good stuff
Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug

P.S. I almost forgot to ask you to do something. Thursday, March 28th, is Rita's birthday. Even if you don't follower her, please visit her at Soul Comfort's Corner to wish her a happy birthday. 2013 has gotten off to a rough start for her. Let's give her some bloggy lovin'. She's a great lady!

28 comments:

  1. I love this post. I love how you took the time to show gratefulness for long ago kindnesses. I love how EAS shows his love to you. I love Wayman. I love LOVE!

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    1. The great thing about love is that you can never use it up. The more you use it, the more it grows.

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  2. :)

    I love good stuff. And Birthdays. And cake.... mmmm...cake.....

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  3. Your girls are lovely!!

    Rita is a favorite of mine. I will go over and wish her a happy birthday!

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    1. Thank you. I think my girls are lovely, too, and I adore Rita.

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  4. You deserve LOTS of good days!!

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    1. So do you! I ordered your book last night.

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  5. I came out of hibernation to find you promoting a book publisher. My doctor recently recommended I write a book of Bear stories (like at my blog). Now, how weird is all that?

    Trundled over to Rita's to give Blessings and Bear hugs (gentle ones for her) on her birthday. Same for you (even if it's not your birthday).

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting

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    1. Bear hugs back at ya. Bear stories would be good, and I'm glad you remembered to keep Rita's hug gentle.

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  6. You should post some of her pictures. Ninety percent of my wall hangings are my kid's. They're free, too.

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    1. I keep saying I'm going to give a tour of my house in a series of posts, so when I do, the tour will include the paintings and her ceramic work and something cool she did in a computer art class.

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  7. Thanks for mentioning me--AND for all the help, love and support :)

    That is really cool about Betsy. I bet she loved talking with you :)

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    1. It was a thrill for me to speak to Betsy after so long. She couldn't believe The Hurricane is 26.

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  8. Dear Janie, what a wonder this posting is--with news of Elisa and the giveaway, with support for Wayman's authors, with news of Betsy and how she touched the Hurricane's life, and with your own quiet acknowledgement that life is good. You are a joy in yourself. Peace.

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  9. Hi Janie ... can quite see the fun exploding out of the two sisters ... lovely that you tied up again with an old friend - lovely ...

    Have a happy and peaceful Easter without Elvis! Cheers Hilary

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    1. The internet is so wonderful, allowing us to find people with whom we've lost touch.

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  10. Hey, I'm on time for the birthday, I'll go wish her a happy one right now.

    I'm very glad such good stuff has come your way, pretty lady.

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    1. Oh, thank you, sweetie. I'm so excited about your book.

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  11. I love good news! It always puts a smile on my face!

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    1. I love good news, too. Today I paid a plumber $300 to re-pipe my front yard. I could think of needing to do it as bad news, but I'd rather see it as good news that now my pipes won't rust through.

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  12. Always Gluten free cake... I make a really good one. Which reminds me, I should get started on those Easter brownies....

    Also delicious if I do say so myself.

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    1. Oh, brownies. I haven't had a brownie in soooo long. My mouth misses brownies, but my butt doesn't.

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  13. I would have loved to enter and win a mini ipad but alas I can't being in a different country and all......oh well such is life...............

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  14. we're lucky if we've good teachers in our lives.
    cheers to more good stuff, Janie :)

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  15. Oh, Janie! You are just the sweetest! I did have some people come over and say happy birthday. You really did so much to help lift my spirits after a rough couple months. I am honored to know you!! Thanks so much. Loveya!!

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