Springfield, Missouri: The Library Center
I’ve never seen a library this amazing! There’s a gift shop, coffee shop, gorgeous children’s wing, and a variety of programs for all sorts of readers.
I did my Buckboards, Buffalo Chips, and Bloomers presentation, an interactive talk about the American Frontier.
I also met blogging friend and librarian extraordinaire Sarah Bean Thompson, of Green Bean Teen Queen.
Neosho, Missouri: book club
These colorful ladies are members of my mom’s book club. Anyone remember my post about The Little Nippers, my mom’s childhood club? Three Nippers are in this picture. My mother also enjoys napping while pictures are taken.
Dad and Mom
While I was in town, another Nipper mailed this insert from the Denver Post.
Joplin, MO: author tea
Lovely young readers!
The author sleeps again.
Bentonville, AR: Crystal Bridges Museum
My mom and I took a day trip to this wonderful new American art museum.
While away I ran the Joplin Memorial 5k and took part in several other Joplin tornado events, read journalist Rick Bragg’s ALL OVER BUT THE SHOUTIN’*, a stunning, honest memoir and tribute to his mother, watched the first season of Downton Abbey, and re-worked a synopsis. It all was a great way to recharge.
*I heard Rick speak at the Jambalaya Writers’ Conference in March. Here’s a sweet picture of him with his mama.