Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Appearance: Women's College Club of Pittsburgh

Appearances

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I recently had the honor to lunch with the Women's College Club of Pittsburgh. The meal was incredible: roast pork with porcini mushrooms, wild rice, and green beans, and for dessert, a generous piece of apple pie.

Diane Owen gave me this opportunity to share a meal and a slideshow presentation about Kentuck Knob with these gracious ladies and gentlemen. I took Diane and her husband, Dave, on a private tour of the house and grounds at Kentuck Knob in September. Both retired educators, she from a Pittsburgh high school and he from Carnegie Mellon University, they have that lifelong learner attitude that I subscribe to myself, one of the reasons I head a continuing education program at a Frank Lloyd Wright house.

I was able to share a bit of Kentuck Knob with the club through a wonderful photo slideshow provided by Jason Jack Miller. The group was so enchanted by the home and Sculpture Meadow that they are planning a Spring visit.

Many thanks to the members for making my presentation a delight.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

News: The Authors Guild VS. Google Settlement

News

The Authors Guild filed the amended settlement in Authors Guild v. Google. The official documents will be available at googlebooksettlement.com at some point over the weekend. In the meantime, to see the big changes you can visit here: http://www.tiny.cc/CvNm8

Monday, November 16, 2009

Event: 2010 Pennwriters Conference

Events

The 2010 Pennwriters Conference is scheduled for May 14-16 at the Best Western Eden Resort in Lancaster PA. Prior to the conference, on May 13, they'll be hosting four preconference classes specifically designed to give attendees an in-depth, interactive experience.

Details on these classes are now posted on the Pennwriters Web site. Follow these tiny URLs to go directly to each class, or go to www.pennwriters.com and click on Conference then Intensives to browse the categories.

Plotting and Subplotting with Loree Lough
For all writers who need hands-on experience with plotting; no class limit.
May 13, 2010, 1 pm to 4 pm
http://tiny.cc/PHoF1

Crafting a Fiction Query Package with CJ Lyons
For writers who have a finished draft; class limit 16.
May 13, 2010, 9 am to noon
http://tiny.cc/M5WEY

Fiction Writing with Tim Esaias
For writers who have a finished draft; class limit 15
May 13, 2010, 9 am to 4 pm
http://tiny.cc/w4CK4

Nonfiction Writing with Jonathan Maberry
For writers who have an idea for a nonfiction book; class limit 15.
May 13, 2010, 9 am to 4 pm
http://tiny.cc/NdEaH

If you have any questions, please email conference2010@pennwriters.com

Friday, November 13, 2009

Celebration: 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Celebrations

One would say I am lucky enough as it is to work at a Frank Lloyd Wright house, but Kentuck Knob is also home to two pieces of the Berlin Wall. We have had recent guests visiting just to catch a glimpse of this history, so I try never to take it for granted.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Shows: RAIN and The StepCrew

Shows

This season Jason and I subscribed to the University Arts Series at WVU.

Last month we saw RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles which was so exciting since we bought The Beatles Rock Band as soon as it came out. Sitting further away from the stage allowed me to imagine I was seeing Paul, John, George, and Ringo up there. RAIN's multimedia stroll through the ages completed the illusion for me. If you ever have the opportunity, I recommend seeing RAIN. This is a tribute band which goes the extra mile for a memorable show.

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Just last week we saw The StepCrew, a Canadian troupe featuring dancers, musicians, and vocalists: some of the troupe had a combination of these talents. I loved the dancing best, probably because I took thirteen years of tap as a child and teenager. Jason, of course, loved the music, probably because he has been playing guitar for over twenty years. Certainly something there for us both.

The StepCrewThe StepCrew