After scanning your comments, here are my replies:
1) Mea culpa! The name of Nora’s store IS “Turn the Page”, and Boonsboro (misspelled?) is in the great state of Maryland. I will be flying into Baltimore.
2) In my humble and not particularly original opinion, there are already too many I-see-dead-people books out there, ditto vampires and other beasties, so at the moment I have no plans to write in that genre. However, if inspiration strikes, and I get a really good paranormal idea, look out. Therein lies the rub, to paraphrase the Bard. You, my readers, deserve the very best stories I can write at any given time and, at the moment anyway, I don’t have any good ideas along these particular lines.
3) I deeply appreciate your encouragement in regard to my Weight Watchers journey and the recent white-water time in my life. You DO make a difference with your kind words and your prayers. Thank you, on my own behalf and on my family’s as well–our little Gibson is growing like the proverbial weed, and he is our delight, as are all babies everywhere.
And now, about my new journey. I have become a student of the Course in Miracles. Don’t panic, anyone–the Course is not the new-age fluff it is sometimes preceived to be. It doesn’t counter my Christian faith in any way, shape or form, but it does amplify that faith. I’ve known about the Course in Miracles for many, many years–I first heard about it in a self-help group–and I bought a copy almost immediately, sat down to read it, and soon gave up. The concepts made absolutely no sense to me–obviously, I wasn’t ready. Recently, when another book referenced the Course in a very positive way, and then still another, I went in search of my musty, dusty copy. It had vanished, so I one-clicked (gotta love Amazon) and acquired another one. Voila! This time, it makes sense. And is therefore on the LLM recommended reading list. (But only if you’re ready–if you’re not, just be patient.) Also recommended, Mike Dooley’s “Notes from the Universe.” This is a series, and it’s wonderful. And that, my beloved reader-friends, is today’s update. Be kind to yourself, as well as to others.