Sunday, April 7, 2013

Need a Little Excitement?

Dear Mom,

You weren’t around when your sister, Rose was diagnosed with ALS. However, it was incorrectly diagnosed… which was both good and not-so-good. Good in that she lived a lot longer not having ALS, but not-so-good in that she was diagnosed with a much more rare disease that basically left her immobile before she passed. Her mind was sharp, and she had a phenomenally great attitude right to the end. Her daughter, Sharon got involved with ALS and although retired now, she told me about an event involving one of St. Louis’ own – Elaine Viets and ALS.
I was fortunate to meet Elaine at the MWG Conference. Now that I think about it, I’m also in an anthology with her… Storm Country. Not that she has any idea who I am, but... With all of these connections in one way or the other, how could I not attend this event?

            May 10, 2013
            5:30-7:00 p.m.
            J.C. Penney Conference Center
            UMSL, Room 92
            One University Drive
            St. Louis, MO  63121

To reserve a seat and your book, contact:
The ALS Association St. Louis Regional Chapter, 314-432-7257 or
Dianna Wunning, 314-725-4832, wunning(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

For every copy of “Board Stiff” sold for $23.95 by the ALS Association, Elaine Viets will donate 40% of the cover price, $9.58! Is that generous or what?

Since I’m talking about events…

Here’s another event I plan to support. Lucky for me these events take place after I'm out of school! Whoo-hoo, what a way to celebrate.

Listen to Your Mother” is a live, ninety-minute stage performance, which has roots in 24 cities across America. Now it’s time for St. Louis to shine. Thirteen cast members will read their stories about motherhood. My friend and critique group member, Linda O’Connell has been chosen. Another friend, Kim Lenhoff will also be performing.

May 11, 2013
Two shows only - $15 or 2/$25
Emerson Auditorium at St. Luke’s Hospital Institute of Health Education
232 South Woods Mill Road – Chesterfield, MO 63017
50% of ticket proceeds will be donated to Connections to Success, helping break the cycle of poverty through resources, hope and a plan.

It’s a nice thing that so many people contribute in all kinds of ways to worthy organizations, all in the name of helping one another.