Three months have passed since I last wrote a blog. Looking back, I think that life was too full of living to allow time for writing. Several book talks, a trip to San Antonio, the holidays, family…On New Year’s Day, I promised myself I’d write a blog at least twice a month. Then, January passed and I still hadn’t written anything. I arrived in Alamos, Sonora, Mexico, and life is slower here.
There is more time to lie on a chaise longue in the portal to read. More time to gaze off toward the mountains. Rather than writing, though, I am promoting the book of stories by the gringas of Alamos. The final title is Our Stories of Alamos, A Pueblo Magico! , available on Amazon.com.
The plan was hatched two years ago when five of us women were having lunch at Terisita’s Bistro and Patricia Hamilton declared, “The women of Alamos are fabulous! We ought to write a book! I’ll publish it.” We all agreed and that was that. Within weeks, we dispersed to our other homes rather far away. (more…)
Now that the manuscript for Walking For Our Lives is in the hands of an editor, I can focus on the creation of the cover. As I mentioned in February, an award winning photo by Jeff Share is the background. That’s the best part. Then, of course, we need the title, which entails not only choosing the words, but the size and color and font of the title – not to mention the technology to orchestrate all that.
Recently I was thinking of the titles and lyrics of Great Peace March songs. One of my favorites was “Walking for Our Lives,” based on Holly Near’s “Singing for Our Lives.” The more I thought of what that song said, how well it described those of us who walked so many miles to make our statement about global nuclear disarmament, the better I liked it. With Holly Near’s permission, we now have the title. Derek Love, my grandson and a graphic artist, suggested we let the photo tell its story and that the text be “simple and elegant.” (more…)
Last month while I was in Alamos, Sonora, Mexico, five expat women friends and I had lunch and planned a project that we now call “The Fabulous Women of Alamos.” We hadn’t planned to plan anything, but as we chatted, Patricia, the newest among us, said, “You know, the women of Alamos are really fabulous. I bet they have great stories to tell.”
We sat at Terisita’s black and white tiled French Bistro, enjoying our grown-in-the-backyard greens, and talking about our friends, the fabulous women of Alamos. Bernadette, a painter and photographer, said, “I should take photos of all the women and we can have an exhibit!” (more…)