One of the benefits of being a published author is that on occasion you get invited to book fairs and book clubs, where you not only get to get feedback on your writing, but you also get to hear about other books. For me a bookstore, especially the old-fashion kind, is like a candy store. So many treats, and I want at least one of each.
This weekend I drove to Bradford, VA for their annual book fair and Memorial day celebration where I was on a panel of mystery writers. I listened to several other panels while I waited for our turn at the podium and had the privilege to listen to Dick Wall, spouse of the late Carol Wall. He talked about her novel, Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening. I am reading it right now.
I don’t want to spoil it for you, but it contains a lot of “nuggets.” Here is one:
“We are to understand that ‘the ground in winter, which looks awful … it is gray and yellow and hard as a brick … holds a thousand lovely secrets.’”
If I could pass on to my grandchildren anything, it would be for them to always look past appearance and initial reaction and to seek out the “thousand little secrets,” in each and ever one of God’s creations.