I had a fine time yesterday having my picture taken by master portrait photographer Randy Bacon. Randy was assisted by Cindy Dodson who snapped this shot during the shoot and sent it my way. I like this picture and wanted to share it today. Thanks again to Randy for joining forces with Amy Jardell and the folks at Ozarks Literacy Council to celebrate the 20th anniversary since an original event to encourage and support efforts to focus on improving literacy.There are to be twenty people featured in the exhibit, which will open in March 2022. I’m honored to be one of them.
Ozarks Literacy Council is partnering with noted photographer Randy Bacon to revise an event he did for the Council almost 20 years ago, “Words and Pictures.” In the original collection, I appeared with Sandy Asher, with whom I had partnered on various projects to promote literacy such as America Writes for Kids, and opera star Jim Billings. That was before Sandy and Harvey moved from Springfield to Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
I’m honored to be a subject in this anniversary event, which will feature 20 people and is scheduled to be shown in March 2022. To accompany my portrait, I’ve been asked to provide a sidebar of 750 words or so about why I became involved in promoting literacy originally (2022 will mark my 40th year) and why I remain involved today. Specifically, I was asked to respond to this: “You could just as easily have focused on being an author. We want to get the HEART of why literacy is important to you.” No one has asked me to address that issue before. This is going to take some thought.I’ll sit for the picture this morning at 9:30. I’ll wrestle with my response to the question soon.
One of the book signings that had to be postponed until a later date was at Barnes & Noble on March 21. I was to sign copies of AFTER DARK and extend the signing time to allow for a Book Fair to raise money for Ozarks Literacy Council. Executive Director of the organization, Amy Jardell, had been working hard in the background to help make the event successful and I hope we can still draw from her planning when the Book Fair takes place later in the year.
If you aren’t familiar with the work of OLC, here’s a link to their homepage: https://www.ozarksliteracy.org/ and here’s how to reach Amy if you have questions about volunteering, donating, or both. It’s a wonderful organization that works with people of all ages to improve literacy skills and brighten futures. Amy J Jardell MA, Executive Director, 417-616-0551 wk, 417-631-2454 cell.