Thursday, March 15, 2007

Leslie Carroll GuestBlog: Senses, Sensibilities, And The Emerald Isle

Contest!!! 3 LCB’s win a copy each of Leslie Carroll's “Herself” and an Avon clover charm from HarperCollins/Avon!

One of my favorite publicists ever is HarperCollins' Buzzy Porter, a guy I make excuses to email cause he makes me laugh. He also knows his way around books -- a former bookseller, he -- so when Buzzy says "this book is great and the Bellas would love getting to know the author," well, I listen and make it so. Please, offer a warm, almost-St. Patty's-Day buongiorno to the very talented Miss Leslie...

Buongiorno, Bellas!

With Saint Patrick’s Day right around the corner, what better time than to talk about how the magic of the Emerald Isle affects our senses and sensibilities!

Normally, if you’re one of those glass-is-half-full people, when life gives you lemons, you get out the juicer and make a refreshing beverage—right? And when you’re an author, when you are suddenly inundated with falling citrus—you write a book about it!

I’d had this idea for a while to send one of my feisty NYC heroines off to Ireland. Why? Because I’d always wanted to go there. Because I have Irish ancestors. Because I’d never tried Guinness the way it’s supposed to taste. Because Jane Austen and countless English teachers always remind you to write what you know—and when you don’t know about something, research, research, research!

So there I was in April of 2005 and my lover of nearly four years (he hated the word “boyfriend”) had recently dumped me for, oh, maybe the third or fourth time. I kept taking him back because the sex was so amazing—I sense that you Bellas know what that’s like, right—and well, yeah, because I was crazy about him. (Maybe I was just crazy—you’re welcome to chime in on that.)

And then I got the green light from Avon to write what I’d been calling “my Ireland book.” This was going to be so wonderful: exploring a magical, romantic country I’d only been able to dream about. What I saw in my too-brief five days there was an eye-opener; some of my expectations about the land of shamrocks and leprechauns were met—but in many other ways they were completely shot to heck and back, and my experience in the environs of Dublin became that of HERSELF’s protagonist, Tessa Craig. HERSELF is a woman’s journey; when life hands Tessa lemons and she loses all perspective on romance and career (which in her case are tied into one messy little package), she jets off to Ireland to clear her head and find herself.

Being an actress as well as an author, as I write, I’m always making movies in my head. Even as I was plotting HERSELF, I thought of the novel as a film vehicle for Diane Lane. The novel describes David Weyburn, her Congressman boss-boyfriend as “having the looks of JFK Jr. [why do I always think of him shirtless?] and the vision of Barack Obama.”

And if HERSELF were a movie, I’d be very tempted to pressure the producers to hire George Clooney for the role. But then again, Clooney could play the irrepressibly adorable and irresistibly charming Jamie Doyle, who worms his way into Tessa’s heart. And if Clooney doesn’t play Jamie, I guess the role might go to “Dr. McDreamy,” even though I’ve never seen his TV show.

Back to real life as I know it … that lover I mentioned? He got jealous of all the charming and adorable men I might have met in Ireland, and came back to me. But he only got three more strikes before I refused to stamp his passport anymore. And not only does HERSELF have a romantic happy ending, so do I! I met a fabulous guy and we’re getting married in May. And no, he’s not Irish.

What would you do if you had the chance for a “do-over”?

If you realized some pieces were missing, how would you find yourself?

Where would you go to discover that pot of gold that is your own fulfillment?

Would you go there alone, so that you had the chance to meet someone new?

Thanks, Michelle and the bellissima Bellas, for having me here today!

Slainte!


45 comments:

readingissomuchfun said...

Hello Everyone,

WoW! Great topic tough questions LoL.

What would you do if you had the chance for a “do-over”?
Answer: I would take that chance and do something over that needs to be done over.

If you realized some pieces were missing, how would you find yourself?
Answer: I would probably motivate myself and listen to motivation stuff and stay focuse on how I want to find myself.

Where would you go to discover that pot of gold that is your own fulfillment?
Answer: Not really sure maybe to an island and just relax with a nice cold beverage ahhh now that sounds nice and something to do :-)

Would you go there alone, so that you had the chance to meet someone new?
Answer: No I wouldn't go alone I would love to have my fiance with me.

Hugssss
Linda.H.

readingissomuchfun said...

Btw herself sounds like a really good book love the cover :-)

Hugssss
Linda.H.

KimW said...

I can't think of anything in my life I'd do over. If pieces were missing I'd spend some time relaxing on a beach for a few weeks or in a secluded cabin just thinking about it. I'd take my husband with. He's my pot of gold.

Congratulations on your engagement!!

Teresa said...

There is nothing that I would do over. The book Herself sounds wonderful. Glad to here about your engagement, congratulations!

Maureen said...

If you think it's time for a do-over then I don't think it matters where you go, it's just the fact that you're shaking up your life and doing things differently that counts.

Stacy~ said...

I like what Maureen has to say. We all need to do that from time to time - get out of our safe little world and maybe make ourselves a little uncomfortable in order to grow and experience things we've never done before.

Would you go alone? Sure, I have. I've traveled by myself, and it can be hard in the beginning, but sometimes it might be the only way you can do something. I would have regretted missing out on the experience if I waited for someone to go with me.

Major congrats on dumping the jealous guy and finding a keeper! Sometimes people stay in relationships for the wrong reasons, familiarity, etc., so it's awesome to see you knew you deserved better, and that you found it. That's a great thing :)



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MaryKate said...

Mornin' Bellas, and welcome Leslie!

I'm in the process of a "do-over" right now. I've lost 30 pounds since New Years. Why? Well, I'm turning 36 (tomorrow, in fact), and frankly, I'm starting to hear a pretty strong ticking in the back of my head. I'm single, and have been pretty overweight for a really, really long time. I decided after a lot of reflection at the end of last year, that this was the "year of MK." I needed to lose weight, and see if I couldn't find a life partner whom I could build a life with. I was married young and divorced young, and frankly, have never really minded being single. But, well, I want a baby. And it's time to get going on it. Shallow? Maybe, but you know what? If I don't make it happen, no one will.

Anyway, off to a monster conference this week, so have a fantastic week, Bellas! I'll check back in on Weds.

Stacy~ said...

Wow, that's amazing, MK. Congratulations on your weight loss and for doing something for YOU. You are so inspiring me right now.

Early happy birthday, Bella.

azteclady said...

MaryKate, congratulations on taking control of your life! Like you said, if you don't make it happen, no one will!

As for the questions (buongiorno, Leslie), I wouldn't do anything in my life over. Each experience--good, bad, boring--has brought me to who I am today, and it so happens I like who I am now.

There was a time when I didn't know who I was, though (ditching a husband of ten years can do that to you), and it took me years to find the missing pieces. The good news: it's doable. The not so good: it's often a lonely journey of self discovery to self acceptance.

And the thing is, once I stopped looking for someone (or something) else to 'make me happy' I became open all the possibilities... which lead me to the one person who brings joy to every moment of my life.

How's that for wonderful?

Leslie Carroll said...

Good morning, bellas!!

BRAVISSIMA to MaryKate -- I am so impressed on how you realized you knew what you wanted and just took control and decided to do something about it in such a major way. Any tips on how I can fit into my wedding dress (I can't seem to leave off the ice cream!)


Azteclady, I, too ditched a guy after being married to him for 10 years and I guess it took me a lot of time to find myself after a bunch of false starts. I consider myself very lucky, or blessed, that I got another chance at the brass [wedding] ring on this carousel of life. Goes to show that romance can happen to anyone at any age, and those silly statistics about women having a better chance of being hit by a meteor than getting proposed to after age 40 or so, is utter b.s.!

Leslie Carroll
www.tlt.com/authors/lesliecarroll.htm

Angel said...

Wonderful stories this morning! And a chance to look into a bit of the Irish this morning (we don't really celebrate St. Patrick's Day around here).

MK-I'm very inspired by your story! I too am in the process of losing quite a bit of weight, and it helps to see someone else who is so motivated.

When I think of a "do-over", I think of the way I reacted to life's circumstances. Would I change things that happened to me in the past? This may be a selfish answer, but yes. But would I change my reactions to life's circumstances, no. I think I've handled my life as best as I could, I've learned a lot, and I'm still learning and growing.

When I find myself missing something or struggling with life, whether in a big crisis or small one, the best thing for me is to spend time alone. It gives me the opportunity to step away from life's chaos and truly examine what's happening. And if I had my choice all that contemplation would occur in a mountain cabin surrounded by nature, but close enough to civilization that I could go out for dinner and a movie. :)

Danniele

Adriana said...

Mary Kate, wow! WTG! I did exactly that after my divorce. I decided that even if I never found a man (this was in the days of "a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle tee-shirts, sorry!) I'd at least be someone I could be happy to live with.

And as luck would have it, I found the wonderful man I'm married to now

which leads me to some answers to the wonderful questions: There's really nothing huge I would do over, but every so often I do find a need to reflect and evaluate and ponder choices. These days I'd take DH along, and we'd go (have gone, sometimes) to a quiet restful space, maybe by a lake (boundary waters, on occasion), or the San Diego foothills, or the High Uintas when we lived out west.

Some of the reflection time is always and necessarily alone, but he's my soulmate, and having him to bounce the reflections off of is vital. When we dream our dreams together we stand a better chance of arranging our life to make them possible.

Adriana

alissa said...

Welcome Leslie! Enjoyed your story and it is amazing how resilent we can be when we have the strength to start over and change. I do regret many things but when we are young we think that we are so smart and don't realize how short life is. I would definitely change things now that I am older. I would travel and that is a life changing experience which is so important and I never had that opportunity so I would make up for it now. I would love to have had the foresight to have altered certain things as well but I am pleased with my major choices and hope that the future will be even better.

pearl said...

Hi Leslie. Loved your story. I know that the decisions that I made when I was young shaped my entire life and I do not regret them. Some things, though, I wish that I had thought of and done earlier in life. But when I discuss these life-altering ideas with my husband he agrees entirely with me and we know that due to finances and other reasons we could not have traveled but could have changed our ways and moved to a new start in life. Since we have so much in common it is a positive directon that we took to move when we did. Better late then never.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Hiya, Bellas! Buongiorno, Leslie, and thanks for this very funny and thought-provoking GuestBlog.

Here's the part where I become the elder auntie and go all, "what was wrong with that loser that he was dumping you?" Sheesh. Didn't he have eyeballs or any sensibility? I don't care how great the sex was, when a guy -- OK. I'd give a loser a lot of chances in return for stellar sex.

But what you did, and what so many Bellas are talking about today, is not just make the journey, but dare to look back and make sense of the pain and aggravation. I think that's how we grow. I mean, we can take a lot of crap as women; we're strong, etc. But some folks never take a look at the lessons learned, figure out how to avoid the pitfalls, and don't try to move in new directions.

I think that's the powerful message I hear today, whether it's weight loss, ending a bad relationship, or taking time out to chill and figure out a new path, you let introspection lead to movement and action.

Oh, I'm so proud of my Bellas!

Now, Leslie, can I telly you that I love being by myself and find traveling alone very centering. It's mostly business, but it's still good. Although I have a fantasy of traveling to Italy by myself. Does that make me selfish? Honest, the fantasy is not about meeting young, virile Italian boys.

kerri1973 said...

Hi Leslie! Wow and can I just say "WOW" how gorgeous you hair is in that photo! It is definately envy-worthy...particularly since we are having a humid, rainy, bad hair day here in the south today. Ick! I digress, welcome Leslie and I'm really looking forward to reading "Herself". It looks like a great book about the multitude of life experiences and journeys that us women go through. I've had a "finding myself" journey in the past couple of years as well. I had a husband of 10 year just up and decide one day that he didn't want to do the "family thing" anymore. I fought that decision tooth and nail and then suddenly realized that maybe there was a bigger power at work here. Once I gave in to the choices in life that go beyond me, I went on a search to find myself and to my surprise...I've had the happiest 2 years of my life. The way I did my "do over" was to come home to my extended family who was my support system. They helped to heal me in a way that I never thought possible. Now, I've found the true love of my life and it wouldn't have been possible if I'd stayed in a loveless marriage. I had a friend tell me once..."you never know what is just around the next corner...you have to keep walking and be brave enough to turn that corner." So true. Chow bellas and happy weekend to all!

Julie in Ohio said...

Top o' the mornin' to ya. I feel the need to do a jig...

Welcome, Leslie!! "Herself" sounds terrific. I am a lover of all things Irish so this is going to the top of the TBB mountain.

MK-- You never cease to amaze and impress me. I am so proud of you. You go, girl!! HIPPITY HAPPITY BIRTHDAY, BELLA!!!

I've lots of mistakes I would love to do over but at the same time those mistakes are what made me who I am today...
I am painfully shy so where travelling alone would have its advantages, I don't know if I have the chitzpah to actually do it. My hat goes off to all who do.
I have a wandering soul and there are *alot* of places I want go. Ireland is right on top with Italy...

ellie said...

Hi Leslie! When I think about why I got married when I did, it was only because I was getting older and everyone was getting married. What a fool I was. The biggest mistake I ever made. I didn't listen to my older and wiser sister and regret that since we no longer communicate. I had a family and stayed until they were grown up and decided it was time for myself. I have since moved away, traveled on my own and become an idnependent and more well rounded individual. These are my happiest days and I can enjoy life.

sharon said...

Welcome Leslie! Enjoying this wonderful blog today. There are many things that I have realized that I missed out on. IF I knew then what I know now, funny but it is true. I would have made time to travel which I consider a wonderful and broadening experience and so important. But circumstances and my careful attitude contributed to this decision. I am happily married and have the chance to travel now and will more than make up for this oversight. At least I can enjoy it since I am healthy and look forward to a big change. Life is precious and has to be lived and savored.

Playground Monitor said...

A do-over? When I look -- really deep-down look -- at my life, I am blessed beyond anything I deserve. If I could have a do-over I would take better advantage of the opportunities that have been presented to me along the way and 20-20 hindsight being what it is, I'd take more chances and not be quite so skittish about life.

Missing pieces and finding myself? I think I'm on the way to finding myself now. It's taken a little over half a century to get to this point, but there's something about 50 (which I can tell you with complete assuredness is NOT the new 30, at least when it comes to body parts) that makes you sit up and take notice and become a lot more attuned to the world around you. For me, the missing pieces were never missing; I just didn't realize I had them all the time. And like Dorothy, I never had to travel beyond my own backyard to find my own fulfillment.

The only "someone new" I'm interested in meeting are new friends. I've invested almost 34 years in the man I have now; I'm not going to give up on him now. ;-)

Marilyn

Vivi Anna said...

Welcome Leslie!! Your book HERSELF does sound fantastic. I haven't read a contemp in a loooooooooong time, but I think I may just have to pick this one up.

MK - Wow! You go girl! More power to you and all that jazz!

A do-over - oh, let me count the ways...LOL, there are a few things I would do over. Things I did in my youth that caused a lot of damage. I'd also think twice about getting married. I wouldn't change it because I got my beautiful daughter out of the deal, but I think I would've left him a lot sooner than I did.

As for traveling alone...I went to Bermuda on my own when I was 22, I really needed to find myself and I did on that enchanting island.

If I didn't have my girl, I'd travel to all sorts of places on my own. Ireland would be at the top of the list.

My mom comes from good Irish stock, the Donnellys....and word is possibly even the Black Donnellys. LOL

Maggie Robinson said...

You've made me think! I'm pretty happy with how everything's unfolded so far. I mean, I wish I'd started writing earlier, but I just wasn't ready, so that's out. I've had a number of interesting jobs and traveled...but I guess I wish I majored in museum studies instead of English and invested in a lakefront retirement house, LOL...cause retirement looks better and better each day. It would be nice to put my feet up on the deck railing and watch the world go by.

I really only need to go anywhere to be with my family to find that pot of gold and lots of laughter. I'm not much on traveling alone (my husband is our tour director)...I feel like someone might have to pin a note on my sweater to get me where I'm supposed to go.

Your book sounds great. I've only been to Ireland once but would go again in a heartbeat...maybe even alone. :)

Leslie Carroll said...

What an amazing bunch of women you Bellas are! So generous with your openness and willingness to share what you've learned along this journey we call life, with the rest of us. I admire the women who have commented that they wouldn't do anything differently, even if they had the chance. You're either brave, or lucky, or both.

And yet I have equal esteem for the women who can look back with an honest, or gimlet, eye, and assess where they might have taken a different path or made a different decision. I think all these things make us stronger and wiser, and even more mellow as we age (like good wine!)

Michelle -- that guy who dumped me? A total FOC (Fear of Committment); one of those guys who had been married and had nearly-grown kids and swore he'd never do it again. I think every time he got too close to changing his [closed] mind on that subject, he bolted. My fiance is my soulmate and like me, we thrive in coupledom. Which isn't to say I didn't enjoy my singleness in between the divorce from my first husband, and finding The Real Thing. I grabbed those opportunities to travel, especially to Europe, to places I'd never been and always wanted to visit, because I figured life is short enough and I wasn't about to wait around to take that vacation with someone who didn't yet exist!

Actually, I finally broke up with Mr. FOC after over 4 years and a month later I met the man I am about to marry. So if the relationship hadn't ended exactly when it did, my sweetie and I would not have been in exactly the same physically and emotionally available place to find each other.

I decided to subscribe to an online dating site just for one month, in order to give myself the chance to articulate (through those little essays they make you write) what it was I wanted out of life: who I am now and where I'd like to be going, what I've learned works (and what definitely doesn't work) for me in a relationship. I figured I didn't know any of those potential dates/mates, and they didn't know me, so I had zero to lose. I welcomed the chance to finally take a good hard look at myself and what it was I really wanted (committment and marriage, in addition to friendship and soulmateosity).

And within 5 days, the man I will marry emailed me, and the rest is history. As my grandmother would have said, "Go figure!"

Leslie Carroll
www.tlt.com/authors/lesliecarroll.htm

Meljprincess said...

Hello Leslie,
Congrats on your engagement! Wow, we haven't spoken in ages. I still have my copy of TEMPORARY INSANITY.
I absolutely cannot wait to read HERSELF! And I'm moving in two weeks and would love to read it during the drive from RI to FL.
My "do-over" would be to marry the guy I left in Texas in '85 who passed away in '05 from cancer. I miss him terribly.
Happy St. Patrick's Day, Leslie. I'm going to pay a visit to your site now. :-)

Melissa Lawson

Cherie said...

If I had a chance for a do over I would use it to meet my husband sooner. We are so happy together. If I had to find the pot of gold of fulfillment I would tour the world so I could try to understand people better and I would take my husband and my twin sister with me since they are my best friends.

Cherie Japp

krissyinva said...

It's hard to say what I'dlike to "do over". Anything I think of would change a bunch of other stuff in my life, so no do-over for me. I would love to go to Ireland someday and so many other places. I would like to go with my hubby and kids, I never had to go many places aqs a kid and would love for them to be able to "see the world".

readingissomuchfun said...

WoW! Great answers everyone. This was an excellent topic. My answers are the first one posted :-)

I love the sound of Herself. I been looking forward to reading one of Leslie's books. They sound good and love her covers :-)

Hugssss
Linda.H.

readingissomuchfun said...

WoW! Leslie congrad's on your engagement YaY! i am so happy for you. I need to start making my plans as well. I am getting married June 12th 2008. I have been talking to a good friend of mine and she is giving me tips and everything ;-)

Congratulations again. Best wishes to you and yours :-)

Hugssss
Linda.H.

traveler said...

Since I have been married to my soulmate for a very long time, there are opportunities that we should have taken advantage of when we were younger which would have made life easier for us. I believe that we were meant for each other. Travel would have definitely been an experience that would have shaped us earlier in our lives, instead of now. We waited a long time to have children due to finances but I do not mind that wait. Moving to a greatlclimate earlier in life would have improved our lifestyle 100% instead of waiting. No major regrets but little tweaks that would have made a big difference in our future.

robynl said...

How neat on your engagement, congrats!
As far as a do-over I moved a couple hours away when my first dh kicked me out and went for a divorce. I needed 'new' spaces to rejuvenate and I did but also wore myself out working at 2-3 part-time jobs trying to make a living. I moved back to home territory and met my now dh and started a new life but with step kids(teenagers). I would like to do that over again because it was not a pretty time.

Leslie Carroll said...

Congrats on your upcoming nuptials, Linda! Those friends who offer you tips on planning and organizing your wedding are worth their weight in platinum! I've learned that if a girlfriend asks "can I help with something?" ACCEPT! And find a good niche for her where her expertise will be truly beneficial and fun. I have a friend who helped me design my invitations and we sat around my dining table last night and glued everything together while we drank champagne [which might be why the ones I made are a bit off-center. :)]

And a shout out to Melissa! Weren't you in Brooklyn or something the last time I heard from you?

I will tell my editor at Avon how much you ladies like my covers. It will definitely warm the cockles (and mussels [ or muscles!], alive, alive-o) of her heart!

Leslie
www.tlt.com/authors/lesliecarroll.htm

amy*skf said...

Leslie, in my next life I'm coming back as a red head, a red head who looks remarkably like you. Thank goodness you are finally with someone who deserves you.

Michelle, can you believe that guy? Idiott--with two 't's

Marykate--shallow? Shallow? Wanting love and a baby? Never. And congrats on making the decsion to make this your year.

Stacy and Maureen, don't you think it's always the out of the ordinary things that help us grow.

Aztec--been there. Not there anymore, yay! And Leslie, even happy--I still want new things, not do-overs, but maybe evolvements.

Julie--absolutely--sure I divorced a guy who treated me with no respect--but, I have two wonderful (when they're not driving me insane) children from our marriage. Everything I've been through has led me to this point.

Yikes, I have to go back to work.

Leslie--it looks and sounds like a gorgeous book--I'm Irish as well.

principessa said...

My pot of gold arrived many years ago and we have been happy together. It has not been totally without obstacles but if we could see ahead and avoid certain unknowns life would be much easier for all of us. I would have loved to have changed certain things but I was not really aware of the world and the chances we should take, the opportunities available and the risk involved. I would have been less serious, more of a risk taker and done more travel and life enhancing chances instead of being too careful. But I hope to now.

Maria, Lover of All Things Romance said...

If I could 'do over' I'd spend more time focusing on myself ratherthan other people. I'd go to the west of Ireland alone to find myself again

Sue A. said...

Leslie I wish I had your luck and courage. Congratulations on your engagement!

What would I do over? I think I should have taken more chances instead of playing everything safe. But that's easier said than done for a shy introverted child. I can only dream that in some parallel universe that a braver and luckier me has it all.

May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.
Source: http://www.corsinet.com/trivia/irish.html

Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!

readingissomuchfun said...

Thank you very much Leslie. I will keep this in mind of course. Sounds like you and your friend had a wonderful time planning your wedding :-)Right now I am on a diet so I can fit the perfect wedding gown by June 2008 :-)

Hugssss
Linda.H.

readingissomuchfun said...

I just thought about this question and another answer for it. If I can do something over I would love to spend more time with my mom & family.

Hugssss
Linda.H.

Leslie Carroll said...

I want to let all of you know that I have had such an enlightening and inspiring day today and have so much enjoyed my chance to chat with such an awesome group of women.

Thank you, Sue A. for that lovely St. Paddy's day poem. And thanks to Michelle for this wonderful opportunity to guest-blog on this snowy day in NYC. Let's all go hug someone we love to start the weekend right!

Three Cheers for the Bellas!

Leslie
www.tlt.com/authors/lesliecarroll.htm

readingissomuchfun said...

Thanks for being here with us Leslie. It was a pleasure talking with you and meeting you. I look forward to reading your books. Hope to chat with you again soon.

Happy St. Patrick's Day To All!

Hugssss
Linda.H.

Anonymous said...

If I had a do over I would without a doubt have gone with my ex-boyfriend the night before I married my first husband. Hence, not having the first husband to divorce 7 months later. LOL!! It was one of those moments when the phone rings, you have a house full of family and friends getting ready for the big day the next morning and you find out he has driven an hour to find where you are and beg you not to marry the schmuck you started dating after him. Talk about pressure. I started crying because I think I knew in my heart what I was doing the next morning was a mistake. So I wish I had a do over so I could have gotten the courage to run away with my first love and forget about the bozo who became my first husband. LOL!

Anonymous said...

UGH! Sorry, I forgot to sign my damn post yet again. Is there anyway to have a sign in name if you don't want a blogger account???

Kelly F.

Lis said...

The book sounds great! Will have to keep an eye out for it. As for a do-over, well I'd push aside my shyness about 4 years ago when I had a chance at a really great guy. Other than that, go back and switch schools earlier. Save myself my sanity with that one.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Hi, everyone! What a lovely thing to come back home to after a long day with kid stuff. Thank you, thank you so much for meeting here to share all your incredible stories, whether triumphant or wistful.

Leslie, you've certainly hit upon questions we need to think about, and having you here today has been a true pleasure. Hope you'll visit again.

Buonanotte, Bellas, who each day make me feel more and more honored that you choose to spend time here.

readingissomuchfun said...

Hello Michelle,

You are welcome. It was great being here. I love this blog :-)

Happy St. Patrick's Day All!

Hugssss
Linda.H.

Joye said...

Your book-can't wait to read it. If I could do over, I would not take things so seriously like I did the first tine around. I would really like to stop and smell the roses as I went along.
But one thing would not change-I would still love to read and try to find more time for reading.