A day of varying interests begins with my glamorous pal from NYC, Lelaine. She too resides in Hawaii and I pick her up for brunch and a tour of her Waikiki Beach home. We take no photos together, but that is her finger in the video AND we are getting together again and I will take many photos.
By 4pm, Kathy and I hop in the ‘Stang with Boo, her handsome border collie mix. He’s been training up for the CGC test. I can happily announce he is now a rated Canine Good Citizen, as he passed his big exam today with flying colors. When we arrive home, I go for the fridge, looking for Tom’s homemade chicken noodle soup. I eat a bowl and then move on to a bowl of his chili next. The man can cook!!! Kathy makes salad and slices up watermelon and as usual, I re-create a tall, tan, human garbage compactor. She also pulls out the food of her homeland…quality Australian chocolate, Vegemite and some other nifty, flowery Aussie candy. I stick to the chocolate, mainly.
We sit in the living room and kitchen talking (with Arthur and Boo and the kitties sleeping around us) and I ask for guidance for my book from Kathy and Tom. I need their advice. I need some help to get the ball rolling in the right direction. Kathy, my editor at the New York Post, starts with great tips and focuses me on finding my natural storytelling voice in my writing. Tom guides me into the idea of writing it by states and the highlights across the Fifty. They gear me up to bare it all, the highs and lows and the great emotion packed into these many moments.
This conversation clears up many questions and doubts I’ve been letting swim around in my blonde brain. It is powerful to hear someone I respect so much tell me she believes in me and that a great book will come if I let my voice lead the ups and downs, the laughter and tears. I fall asleep tonight with a greater sense of purpose and a true plan of action for the book. What a gift. This is one of those days when all (A LOT at least) is revealed.
(That mountain is actually a quiet little volcano…inactive Diamond Head. A hike is in store next week. Oahu is huge. Can you tell???)
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