A unique sort of event

Hi everyone,

I don’t talk about our gift store often but we have an unusual event coming up that I want you to know about. Below is a brief I just sent out so I think it’s self explanatory. If you have any questions, let me know.

February 14, 2018
From: Gamble’s Gifts, 2704 S. Glenstone (Brentwood Center)
Springfield, Missouri 65804
Regarding: Virtual signing event, February 15-March 1, 2018
Owners: Sandy and David Harrison
Store number: (417) 881-7555
Home number: (417) 881-0084
Cell number (Sandy): (417) 830-5634
https://gamblesgifts.bridgecatalog.com

GAMBLE’S GIFTS in the Brentwood Center is one of four sites in the United States selected to host a first of its kind event — a virtual Waterford signing. Two of the others are in Chicago, one is in New York City.

Ten preselected pieces of crystal created by Waterford Crystal in Waterford, Ireland are now on display at Gamble’s Gifts as well as on the store’s website. From February 15 through March 1 anyone interested in acquiring one or more of these crystal collector’s items and having them signed can qualify for the signing event by placing their orders through the store.

Orders will be forwarded to Tom Brennan, Waterford Crystal Spokesperson & Master Artisan, who will fly from Ireland to New York to sign each piece. Signed pieces will then be shipped to Gamble’s for customer pickup or drop-shipped directly to anyone who lives outside the Springfield area.

Sandy Harrison says this is a unique example of using today’s technology to bring people exquisite treasures from one of the oldest and most revered crystal houses in history. For centuries Waterford creations have graced homes and castles alike with a wide range of creations including chandeliers, stemware, trophies, lamps, dinnerware, bowls, and numerous other lines of keepsakes that have been handed down from one generation to the next.

Each year in Times Square, an estimated 100 million people in the United States and one billion viewers worldwide watch the Waterford ball descend to mark the beginning of the New Year. One of the largest crystal masterpieces ever made, the ball weighs 11,875 pounds, is twelve feet in diameter, and is adorned with 2,688 crystals.

Harrison says, “No matter where you live, you can now own a signed piece of Waterford thanks to this first ever virtual signing event. It’s like owning a little piece of history.”

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Poetry show in April

Hi everyone,

Computer problems this morning. The gremlins had their way during the night.

What I was going to say is that Marcus Cafagna, poet, English professor, and coordinator of the creative writing program at Missouri State University in Springfield and I have just agreed to do a live program in April to celebrate National Poetry Month. The program will be aired on KOZK on the morning of Friday, April 10.

Marcus and I did a poetry show on that station several years ago and enjoyed it. I’d always thought one day we should get together again so now we are and I’m delighted.

Remember tomorrow’s party at Matt’s place

Reminder: Matt Forrest Esenwine is hosting the virtual holiday party that has been at my house the past two years. Early tomorrow morning guests will start arriving at https://www.facebook.com/MattForrestVoice?pnref=friends.search and I look forward to seeing you there!

Hi everyone,

Yesterday I passed a milestone of sorts. I filled my second record book and bought a new one. I haven’t written in it yet. I have the same feeling about a new journal. Seems like the first entry should be spectacular. Bee Cullinan and I had a talk about that once. She said to take a pen, mark all over that first page, rip it out, and get on with it. Like getting the first scratch on a new car.

I started my first record book in 1959. The first entry, From Day to Day, ran 5,600 words, was submitted to Atlantic, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and Arizona Quarterly. No sale.

The last entry, Little Boy Soup, sold to Ladybird Press on 11/30/89. At that time it was my 177th submitted work.

My second record book ended with my 354th submitted work, My Book of Little Critters. It went out on 11/29/17. Nothing to report yet.

I’ve also kept track of how many individual items I’ve finished over the years — poems, picture books, etc. That total stands at 1,701 as I begin to write in this third record book. When I think about it, my whole life’s work is recorded in these slender books. There is a lot of hope in them, heartache, celebrations.

This new ledger is larger and fancier than the others. Its pages are numbered, and there’s space enough for 400 more submissions. It means I have a long way to go before I run out of ideas . . . or get another record book.

A good idea

Hi everyone,

Kathleen O’Dell, Community Relations Director for Springfield-Greene County Public Libraries, told me about an upcoming event that sounds like great fun. I asked her to share the notice and let me post it here. She kindly did both. Read on. If you live in the area and want to attend and/or participate in the event, here’s what you need to know.

More to the Story: News Clips and You

Each week, the Springfield News-Leader fields calls from members of the community asking about old news clips. Maybe you’re interested in the Great Cobra Scare of 1953. Maybe your great-aunt caught a prize-winning trout.

In time for the News-Leader’s 150th anniversary, the Library and the newspaper are teaming up for a free, special event, “More to the Story: News Clips and You.” Join us at the Library Center, 4653 S. Campbell Ave., from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 4.

Think of it as an “Antiques Roadshow” for antique news. The theme? Bring your cherished news clippings — and tell us all about them!

News-Leader reporters will be there to listen to your stories. With your permission, journalists will interview you about your news clippings, and your stories could be published in the newspaper and its digital platforms, including News-Leader.com.

Looking for an old news article, or could you use a newly printed replacement for a crumbling paper clipping? The Library’s experts will help. Local History department staff will help research news articles from the Library’s database and microfilm holdings. Library staff will also help patrons print off color copies and learn about the Library’s news and historical resources.

You can also help Library staff identify mysterious News-Leader photos from the past 150 years — images that have survived many decades, but over time, lost their “identities.” We need the help of local history sleuths.

For questions about the event, contact News-Leader Engagement Editor Stephen Herzog at 417-836-1219 or sherzog@news-leader.com.

Happy 40th Anniversary, Teacher Created Materials!

Hi everyone,

My friends at Teacher Created Materials are celebrating their 40th anniversary in the publishing business this year and they’re doing it in a generous way that features lots of giveaways throughout the year. I have published five books there with Mary Jo Fresch and one with Tim Rasinski. For more information, here’s a the link. TCM 40th Anniversary 40 Weeks Flyer LR

On another subject, next Tuesday I’ll post Part 4 of this month’s series of WRITERS AT WORK: WAIT FOR IT. There are five Tuesdays in October and we’re reserving that last one for you and your own experiences with bringing “lost cause” manuscripts to life. Please send your messages to me via e-mail by the end of this week so I’ll have time to assemble them. Next week is a busy one for me and I won’t be available on the last Tuesday. Thanks!