There’s no place like home, that’s for sure. And oh my goodness, so far my week back home in Mississippi County has been so much fun and a whirlwind of activity. I was invited to speak at the Osceola Rotary Club on Tuesday and they fed me very well. They made me promise to return each time I publish a book, so I best get busy with my next one. Books = Rotary Spaghetti with a side of homemade blackberry cobbler, and that’s a yummy thing.
I met lots of people and saw a few folks I hadn’t seen in years, like my high school guidance counselor, Mr. Rogers Ford.
And speaking of high school, I returned to mine (Rivercrest High School, go Colts!!!) to present a book to the library. That was very cool because I spent so much time in that library. The library hasn’t changed all that much but somehow it seemed larger and more open than I remember it. My book will be in the Arkansas Section ☺.
I saw these important men: Dr. Tom Bennett, Principal of Rivercrest (we went to high school together) and Superintendent, Mike Smith who was my civics teacher in junior high. Also, he’s the First Man of Keiser (married to Mayor Sandra Smith).
Wednesday I had the good fortune of touring American Greetings Company in Osceola. American Greetings opened a few months before I was born and is a major employer in the area. I’ll be writing an article about the company soon (known as AG by the locals), but just so you know, the facility is another world inside. There are ten miles of conveyor belts and the place is large enough to hold 57 football fields!
What a happy place! The world loves a greeting card, right? When you receive a Valentine’s Day card this weekend, there’s a good chance it was made right here.
Northeast Arkansas friends, I hope to see you TOMORROW at That Bookstore in Blytheville! It’ll be cold outside, but we’ll have a fire going and a pot of coffee on. If you can’t make it, I hope to see you around the world wide web:)
Grace Grits and Gardening
Farm. Food. Garden. Life.
Newton Faulkner, Dream Catch Me