Pioneer Antique & Hobby Association

On the evening of November 15th, I took a ride out to Green Township to speak at the Nathanael Greene Lodge with a group of people who belong to the Pioneer Antique & Hobby Association.  As someone who’s not familiar with that side of town, I felt like I was on my own pioneer adventure … [Read more…]

PEO Sisterhood

On November 8th 2017, I gave my PowerPoint presentation to a lovely group of women who belong to an international women’s organization, the P.E.O. Sisterhood, that focuses on providing educational opportunities for female students worldwide. As has happened at some other presentations, I saw people whom I haven’t seen in years while others came up … [Read more…]

Buckeye Book Fair

On November 3rd I headed north to Wooster, Ohio, so that I could participate in the Buckeye Book Fair.  On Friday evening, at the authors’ reception, I got to meet and speak with lots of other authors – some of them were actually staying at the same Bed & Breakfast, the Market Street Inn (, … [Read more…]

Lyceum Book Club

Glendale’s Lyceum Book Club invited me to be the guest of honor at their monthly meeting on November 1st.  I was, of course, very pleased that they had chosen my book. Many of the ladies came dressed in “proper tearoom attire” of hats and gloves, and the refreshments included tearoom finger sandwiches with cucumber slices and … [Read more…]

Books by the Banks

On Saturday, October 28th, I participated in the 11th annual Books by the Banks event, a celebration of books and reading that takes in the Duke Energy Convention Center every October in Cincinnati. My table location put me next to some very interesting people: The author to my left was Judy Kuhn, author of The Other UC and … [Read more…]

The Wyoming Woman’s Club

The Wyoming Women’s Club hosted a lovely event on October 2nd.  A lot of thought and detail had gone into the luncheon.  The tables were decorated with flowers in teapots, along with napkin rings highlighting the old department store names, and beautiful silver teapots belonging to the organization were on display by the podium. The luncheon menu … [Read more…]

Fab Fridays! OLLI Class

On September 29th I moderated a Fab Fridays! OLLI class that was held at Ohio Living Llanfair in College Hill.  This was the longest presentation I’ve given to date. By their request, the class ran from 9:30 to noon with a fifteen-minute break. My PowerPoint presentation included 99 pictures, so there were lots of interesting images to accompany what … [Read more…]

A 1957 Shillito’s Letter

I received a nice surprise in the mail from Noelle Smith – a copy of a letter written in 1957 that had been sent to her husband, Bob Smith, a WCPO (radio station 1230) deejay. Bob was also a “platter jockey” at record hops and the M.C. at dances. Katy Dooley of the Shillito’s Public … [Read more…]

Upcoming OLLI Class

Exciting News! The Fall 2017 OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Cincinnati) catalogue arrived in the mail, and on the top of page 42 a new class #6072 is announced – Remembering the Lost Tea Rooms of Downtown Cincinnati! The class will be held on Friday, September 29, from 9:30 am to 12:00 … [Read more…]

Slice of Summer Event in Madison, Indiana

Heat and humidity on Saturday, July 22nd, didn’t keep me from traveling to Madison, IN, and participating in the city’s Slice of Summer Event.  Actually the Village Lights Bookstore’s air conditioning might have lured a few people into the store where I was able to engage them in conversation about my books! The book signing was … [Read more…]