Spilled Paint and a Reading

Yesterday: I spilled a gallon of paint onto a parking lot, moved my mom to an assisted living, and in an effort to be efficient I made a quick run to Costco for groceries and Locked My Keys in my car! I was rescued half an hour later by my daughter, so the efficiency was sorely lacking. But the paint got cleaned up. (Believe me that was a fun chore) The keys got unlocked. And mom got moved and half unpacked. I got home (almost) from the assisted living and noticed her pill case in my back hatch. Turn around. Retrace my steps. Home by 8:00 p.m. Hungry.

Thankfully, supper was ready. Then I did a quick email check. Greg from Zandbroz Variety said, “Hey great article in the paper. But, the paper changed your book signing event into a reading event. Are you up for a reading?” So I went on line and found the article by John Lamb.

Fargo Forum Weekend Watch:

#1. Lysistrata.

#2. Jill Kandel Book Reading.  Saturday April 25, 1:00 – 3:00 Zanbroz on Broadway 

I’m apparently the number two attraction/pick for the Forum this weekend! I was seriously surprised by the article and happy. A great ending to a LONG day. Thank you John Lamb!

So what’s it like being a writer? I’m painting my mom’s apartment – the one she moved out of – Saturday at 9:00 a.m. I’ll run home by noon. Clean up and go to Zandbroz for a reading. Then back to painting. I have blinds to put up, pictures to hang, and carpets to clean. A writer’s life is, after all, just a life. It includes groceries, locked keys, frustrations, and joy.

So now, instead of a signing – sitting and signing books – I have a Book Reading to plan. That means choosing passages to read, talking about writing and the book, and being up for a Q&A. It all sounds good to me. And I’m thankful. And just like anyone else alive and breathing on this planet, my life is full of ups and downs and crappy days and beautiful hours. Hoping a few people come out to the reading. Hoping I don’t spill anymore paint.

Jill Kandel
  • Beverly
    Posted at 19:01h, 02 June Reply

    Jill: I wept to hear your voice after so many years! I have thought of you so often through the decades. I hope you come to Denver to read. I can make it up there now that I am semi-retired. I have ordered your book and can’t wait to read it.

    • Jill Kandel
      Posted at 09:34h, 03 June Reply

      Beverly! What a wonderful surprise to hear from you! I have so many happy memories of our time together at Mary College. What a lifetime ago that was. I didn’t know you were in Colorado. Let’s keep up on Facebook. Thank you for writing. I think of you often, too. I’ve lost track of so many MC people. Thank you for ordering my book … I hope you enjoy it! Jill

      • Beverly
        Posted at 20:31h, 03 June Reply

        I am working hard to figure out a way to get you to Pagosa Springs and Durango. Our hospital–Mercy Hospital in Durango sponsors girls and women in Tanzania as a project and one of our chaplains, who is a Lutheran minister, spent some years in Africa as a missionary. I gave him the article from Momentum and will share the book with him when I finish it. I am headed up to Bismarck next week and will talk to Jeannine, Sister Thomas and others about getting in touch with you.

  • Jill Kandel
    Posted at 07:00h, 04 June Reply

    Thanks, Beverly! I’ll email you!

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