I am way overdue about thanking all the people who helped get my book into the hands of others. I owe much gratitude to Harold Neulieb, for his illustrations. I regret that he was unable to accompany me on my second round of booksignings in the summer of 2013. Harold has been plagued with a number of health issues and I truly hope he is doing much better.
I want to thank artist/photographer Lee Hibbs for suggesting that Harold and I present a program at the Hour Glass Museum in Portage, IN. The experiential “workshop” was lots of fun, and a bunch of new haiku poets made their informal debut. I also want to thank Pierre at the IN Dunes National Lakeshore Visitors Center for scheduling the booksigning and talk at the Center’s auditorium.
Much gratitude goes out to Helen and Doug, Jan (sadly, no longer with us on this side of the veil), Alex, Alexa and Chris, for their ongoing support. Special thanks to fellow HM alum Cheryl Anderson (her maiden name) for her help spreading the word about the book to other HM grads via Facebook. To fellow writer and HM alum Rojer Atkin for his kind words; to Bob and Jane Stanley, for taking copies to sell at the Beverly Shores Depot Museum; to Judy Gregurich, for her willingness to host me and Harold at the Chesterton Art Center; to the wonderful reporter [whose name I have forgotten, shame on me] at the Times of Northwest Indiana for her overwhelming article about me and my book and who gave me 15 minutes of haiku rock star fame on the front page of the feature section of the Times; to the Save the Dunes crew who shared their booth at the European Market so I could sell my books there; to Nick Grubnich and his new wife, and to Tom Serynek for stopping by for a copy and a chat. And thanks to the anonymous readers out there who purchased my book at Amazon.com.
Here in Arizona I want to thank former Hoosier and Purdue “rival” Mary Butler, and Aggie Barry, Cheri Coburn and Fran Scully for their high praise and support. Not to mention Jean Wilder and Steve Kieffer, along with Linda H. and Ginger Lindquist–all haiku students penning new work together in our OLLI class.
Please forgive me if I left anyone out.
It is now up to Jean, Steve and Ginger to continue the string of Talking Landscapes books. Mine was the first published volume. I’m still hopeful that Jean will finish her San Diego volume, that Ginger will complete her haikus of Hawaii, and that Steve will get around to visiting all the other dunes across the country to compile his dunes volume. You might just see Steve in your neck of the woods someday: he still drives his World Happiness Party giraffe van to various spots around the U.S. Honk, or better yet, stop and say hello–he’s a very interesting conversationalist.
I will be launching a new writing project in a totally different genre in the near future. Part of it might touch upon the magic of the Indiana dunes, since I left a big chunk of my heart there.
How does that new t-shirt slogan go? Here it is: THE LAKE IS CALLING AND i MUST GO….