Thanksgiving was filled with gratitude, turkey, stuffing, and pie. As always, it is/was the best holiday of the year for me.
I’ll post the best Thanksgiving photo later…. maybe tomorrow. In the meantime, I need to clear these photos off my desktop.
The trick is to figure out where to start…… with Beowulf, of course!
I was stoked to see a poster for my friend Deb Heiligman’s new book, CHARLES AND EMMA.
I had to go up to the podium to receive the ALAN Award. I babbled incoherently for a couple of minutes and tried very hard not to break down into sobs because this is a huge honor. It really touched my heart. As I stumbled back to my seat, David Gill, ALAN president, professor and author, came up to me with some visual commentary on my remark about how much I hated The Scarlett Letter when I was on high school.
When my signings were over, I wandered the convention floor and saw all kinds of good folk.
Like Neal Shusterman.
And Madeleine George (on the right) with our editor, Joy Peskin.
And buddy Gail Giles.
Boudro’s Famous Guacamole
Juice of 1/4 of an orange
Juice of 1/2 a lime
1 avocado seeded and scooped out of skin
2 Tbs roasted and charred Roma tomatoes diced
1 ea Serrano pepper roasted seeded and diced
1 Tbs medium dice red onions
1 tsp chopped cilantro
coarse ground salt to taste (sea salt is better)
Squeeze juices into bowl. Add avocado and coarsely chop. Add onions, roasted tomato, serrano and cilantro fold into avocado mixture. Add salt (more is better). Result should be crudely chopped not mashed. That’s it.
In the middle of all the smiling, signing, sipping, schmoozing, and sparkling, I did sneak in a little history.
I ended my journey with time spent under a tree, this live oak that grows on the grounds of the Alamo. It is a massive creature, very Ent-like.