Kudos to Mary and Ed Ettel of Mt. Bethel Church in Marietta! They've already sent over 8,000 packages to our servicemen and women in overseas remote outposts for many years. I am privileged to be a part of East Cobb Civitans who routinely pack boxes with their specific needs of each outpost in mind. We have granted requests for food stuffs, personal care items, blankets, socks, and pretty much anything they might need. The troops really like chocolate candy, although we can only send during certain times of the year due to climate. Fulfilling their requests is something that is taken seriously. I remember one time when a serviceman from Texas wanted a particular type of hot sauce, and the Ettels made sure that his request was in the box--made me cry! At this packing, we sent Girl Scout cookies as a little "taste of home"! It is one of the most rewarding experiences I am privileged to be a part of.
Asked the students at McClesky Middle School Career Day -
I had the opportunity to speak to a group of seventh grade students today at a local middle school during their Career Day on what it's like to develop a story from an idea. Their counselor, an intern with me many years ago, saw an article about My Dog, Me in a local magazine and invited me to share my literary journey. The students had many questions about what it takes to be a successful author, so I did my best not to scare them! I had the students work in groups to develop a storyline. They learned about protagonists, antagonists, and the cauldron of the craft. Some of them impressed me with their plots and creativity. It was great fun! My take-away -- participate when the opportunity arises! Kids are smarter than we think!