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12/29/17: I saw on the Internet today that Sue Grafton passed away. She was best known for her Kinsey Millhone mysteries, the titles of which all started with a letter. Stephie had picked a few of them up at the sorely-missed Brandeis Book Sale that accounted for much of our book collection. She was immediately a fan, and we've picked up every volume since. We even met Ms. Grafton twice, once at a book signing in Skokie (coincidentally minutes from where the Brandeis sale was held) for 'J' is for Judgement, and again in 2013 for the release of 'W' is for Wasted.
     The latter was an amazing experience. A long line snaked through Anderson's Bookstore in Naperville, to a table in the back where she stood and greeted her fans. She was not a young woman by this time, but she stood by that table and greeted everyone warmly, taking a few minutes to chat with each of her fans while signing their books. I told her that I had written a few books by that time, and she was very encouraging. She even posed for this very nice picture with Stephie.
     It's a little unfortunate that she passed away after the publication of her 25th Kinsey Millhone novel, so she wasn't able to complete the alphabet, but she left behind an impressive body of work, and a strong impression in me of how to interact with fans should I ever be fortunate enough to have someone wait in line to speak to me like we did with her.


06/02/07: As I've written about before, the start of summer for us is not June 21st but the week of the big Used Book Sale at the Westfield Old Orchard mall in Skokie. For many years it was a benefit for Brandeis University, but this year there's a new group benefiting from what I hope is piles of cash that people will leave there in exchange for some fine reading. The Little City Foundation in Palatine is taking up the torch and running the book sale this year, and hopefully for many years in the future. The sale starts on Saturday, June 9 through Sunday, June 17th. They will be accepting book donations during the sale, so bring the overflow from your home library pick up some fine reading at fantastic prices, and feel good about yourself for helping out a worthwhile charity. How can you go wrong? Click the picture of the flyer here for more details of the sale.

Oh, and there's more pictures and movies on our Cicada page.

06/11/06: It was a pretty good weekend. We had a nice crowd come out for Stephie's gallery reception on Saturday. You can see pictures of the exhibit, and some of the guests, by clicking here. And just because you couldn't make it to the gallery on Saturday doesn't mean that you missed out on the art. The display will be up until the end of June. Check out the LaGrange Art League site for hours and directions.
     And I went to the Brandeis book sale on Sunday. Every year I look at the pile of books I come home with (28 this year) to try to pick one treasure that stands out among the rest. The treasure this year was not one of the books, but a card I was handed on the way out. It seems that although this is the last year for Brandeis to put on the book sale, Little City Foundation in Palatine is going to try to carry on the tradition starting next year. The guy that was handing out the cards said that they are going to talk to the Old Orchard people about using the same site, and that some of the people that help out Brandeis have offerred to stay on and help next year. I tell ya, I was thrilled. One problem, he said, is that they can't get Brandeis' mailing list, which is why he was handing out the cards. So if you want to be on the mailing list for next year, or if you want to donate books, call 847-221-7856 or e-mail them at booksale@littlecity.org. And the Brandeis show runs until next weekend, with Saturday and Sunday being the bargain days.


06/08/06: We have a big weekend coming up. Saturday, June 10, is the reception for Stephie's big One Person art show at the LaGrange Art League. Details should be above or on her Art page. And if you can't make it to LaGrange on Saturday, you have until the end of the month to drop by the League and see her stuff. It's just going to be better on Saturday because we'll be there, and there will be refreshments and stuff...
     And also Saturday is the start of the big Brandeis Book Sale at the Westfield Old Orchard mall in Skokie. I've mentioned this before here, and told many friends about it, as something that I really look forward to every year, but it's going to be a little sad this year because they've announced that this will be the last one. I'm going on Sunday, because of the Art show, and being that it's the last one, I think I'm going to spend some extra time going through all the tables, just to make sure I don't miss any treasures, like the copy of Criswell Predicts that I picked up several years ago. Click the picture of the flyer here for more details of the sale.


06/01/05: Although summer doesn't officially start until June 21st, for most people Memorial Day is the start of the summer season. Some people equate the first of June with the start of summer. For us, the marker that tells us that it's summer is the annual Brandeis Used Book Sale, which starts next weekend at the Westfield Shoppingtown at Old Orchard mall in Skokie. Their web site doesn't seem to be up as I write this, but you can click the picture of the flyer here for more details.

06/09/04: Well, I just renewed our domain for another two years, so we're going to be around for a while! I've been having a lot of fun with this site over the past year, and I hope you have enjoyed it as well. I have a couple ideas for some new stuff, but I have to make the time to do it! So stay tuned...

Stephie has been given a big honor this month. Her latest picture is in the front window of the LaGrange Art League, and it's right in the center! It will be on display for the rest of the month, so stop by to see it. You don't even have to go when they are open, but I would recommend it, because there is always lots of great art on display. I need to get over there to get a picture for the site.

In more art-related news, Stephie is going to be involved in an art demonstration at La Grange's 125th birthday celebration. She'll be at Denning Park, 4903 S. Gilbert Avenue, from 4PM until Dusk. (Dusk, you know, is when all the little fat men come out. Extra points for anyone who can identify THAT little obscure reference. But I digress...) Stop by and see Stephie in creative mode, and join in the festivities.

And don't forget that this weekend starts the Brandeis Used Book Sale 2004, running until June 18 in the west parking lot of the Westfield Shoppingtown at Old Orchard mall in Skokie. Because of the weird schedule this year, this is the only weekend that it will be there, so if you're a book reader who doesn't go out during the week, this weekend is the time to go! It's a great opportunity to stock up on your summer reading.

05/07/04: We got the card in the mail this week for the Brandeis Used Book Sale 2004, happening June 10-18 in the west parking lot of the Westfield Shoppingtown at Old Orchard mall in Skokie. This is an annual event and something that we look forward to every year. This sale is one of the main reasons why we have boxes of books all over the apartment. If you're a book-lover, you owe it to yourself to take a ride up there.



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