Thursday, October 10, 2013

Words & Wings

A book signing event for Frieda and an air show for Charles. Add a beautiful fall weekend and it doesn’t get much better than that.
Frieda promoting
 Born Three Times
FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, GA hosted an Emerging Author Event in its quaint independent book store. As one of ten authors, I had a few minutes to talk about my book. It was fun to meet the other writers and compare notes about our journeys as authors. Networking always leads to new avenues to promote your work. One author was looking for guests for her upcoming radio show. We exchanged cards and the promise of a future booking. Several folks bought my book and I bought some of theirs. I was amazed by the diversity of writing and the imaginative and creative flair of so many. It would be a big stretch for me to write a colorful, well-illustrated children’s book or create a fictional story about espionage or murder in a small southern town. Those books were on display next to mine offering something for everyone who ventured into the book store. 

Saturday’s air show was unique in so many ways. Through our company’s connections, we received passes to the President’s Club at the Paulding County Air Show. That gave us entrance to a covered tent with many amenities—shade, cold drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a sit down dinner between the afternoon and evening air shows. The military planes with their death defying maneuvers stole the afternoon show. The aircraft bursting through the clouds faster than the speed of sound and the following roars and booms of the engines shook the earth and made us cover our ears.
Granddaughter Alexa
with astronaut Scott Horowitz
The best part was seeing it all through our granddaughter’s eyes. As a ten year old fourth grader, she’d studied space, the planets, and astronauts in school. She was excited just to see the airplanes, but thrilled beyond words to meet and talk with an astronaut. Scott Horowitz, who has participated in several shuttle and space station missions, took time to talk to her, autograph her program, and posed with her for a picture. The day ended perfectly with a night aerobatic air show. The small planes performed their maneuvers with multicolored flashing lights and painted the sky with smoke trails, visible against the background of an orange and blue sunset. As we headed for our car, a beautiful fireworks display lit up the sky.

The verse penned by poet Robert Browning summed up my feeling after such a perfect weekend: “God’s in His heaven and all is right with the world.”



  1. Frieda, your descriptive writing always makes me feel and see the occasion! I enjoy it right along with you even though I'm not there. Thanks always for sharing your life adventures with all of us. (And ending with the perfect quote!)

  2. I enjoyed your varied weekend activities almost as much as if I had been there! Thanks for the descriptions that clearly expressed your delight and that provided superb vicarious experiences for the reader.

  3. Beautifully lived and written. I too enjoyed the emerging author's event at Fox Tales Book Store.
    Wishing I had been at the air show with my husband as we would have enjoyed spending time together watching the acrobats of the sky.

  4. Loved how you combined your interest with your husband's interest! So nice that you share each other's passions. A delightful piece!

  5. It is wonderful that you are such a gifted writer, so we can all enjoy reading about your incredible adventures. I love reading your blog, and I bet your granddaughter is still smiling.