A new day, a new dawn, a new beginning. We get the chance to start again. Fresh. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity. We are safe and somewhat sane here in SW Florida. We live in Lee County which was in the national news this week and not in a good way. The county decided suddenly to begin distributing the Covid-19 vaccine without a viable plan. Really disappointing. Last Sunday evening it trickled out that there would be vaccines available in limited doses at several spots in Lee County. Beginning two hours after the announcement people 65 and older began lining up at the first site. Older people waited all night dragging chairs and blankets in the cold. Cars kept arriving with people expecting the vaccine. Of course before dawn they were being turned away. What a mess. I am so disappointed in our local government. The county I live in is the only one that I know of that rolled out the vaccine in a come and wait free-for-all. I hear this coming week will be better, more organized, even a possibility of a reservation system…. This would be good.
I just had to post a picture of this watermelon radish my son and his wife grew in their amazing garden. And then Mike made a special salad to go with Christmas dinner and utilized this gorgeous vegetable. And it was delicious, too!
I am surrounded with stacks and stacks of upcoming books; both physical review books and digital. I can’t tell you how excited I am about so many of them. And I’m really looking forward to the book club event at Copperfish with best-selling author of historical fiction, Erika Robuck. I will be posting more about this event soon. But it is up on the Copperfish website now. Erika’s novel THE INVISIBLE WOMAN will be available for purchase in a very attractive trade paperback form on February 9th. Our virtual bookclub event with Erika will be on March 2 at two in the afternoon. Erika and I will be in conversation about this remarkable book. You are not going to want to miss this.
I am very happy to announce that the fireworks in our neighborhood were early. Our kitties were not amused but did not run and hide like usual. By midnight the entire world around us was silent. It’s quiet this morning and peaceful. A great way to begin a New Year.
I’m thinking of all you readers today and hoping I get to see all of you one way or the other this coming year. Might be in person but will more likely be virtual or maybe at the store, carefully. What I do know is that I have so many truly great books to present this coming winter and spring. I can’t wait to show them all to you.
January is here. Let the reading begin. Cheers!