My other travel has been birding with daughter Sarah - in Nome Alaska in June when on our way to Alaska we spent two days in Seattle with my brother Fred and wife Dee and family, a special treat. This fall we went on a Cornell Institute of Ornithology trip to Little Saint Simon Island in October, and I joined a trip with friends to Monhegan Island with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, where we saw lots of birds and a huge fall out of Monarch Butterflies.
All of these events were wonderful, but I've saved the best for last - two weeks with my beloved college room-mate on an Overseas Adventure trip, Hidden Gems of the Dalmatian Coast and Greece. We traveled in a small ship with about 50 passengers - were gone from August 6 to 24 and had a fabulous time.
Oh yes, I should add that as we do every summer, Laura and Dan an I rented a house on Lake Fairly Vermont for a week in July and plan to do this next summer as well.
Writing events included a Friday morning workshop with Ellen Dore Watson, and several with poet and fiction writer Patricia Lee Lewis including the ones in Puerto Rico. I also participated in 30 Days in November, a fund raiser for The Center for New Americans for the second year. Each participant writes a poem for 30 days. This event raised over $60,000.
I am also about to finish a manuscript for my fourth book of poems which I hope Does Madres will publish - they did a wonderful job with my last book. On that more when it happens. Fingers crossed.
Oh, yes. I'm in good health with the usual ups and downs of growing old that I ignore as much as I can.
And Christmas? Amy, Michael and Annabel are coming from London,
Emily and her friend Jeff from New York, and Sarah and family will join Laura and Dan and me at the Katz/Berger family for a Northampton Christmas.
To all my dear friends and family, my wishes for a joyful Christmas and a Happy New Year. I miss you all.