Saturday, July 19, 2008

JoAnn's Blog

A week ago I did a booksigning at the Shoppe at Winter Quarters. (We were visiting our son and his family in Omaha). Anyway, I have to say what a great experience it was. Melanie Thompson (the owner) and her mother, were so gracious.

Now, you have to remember, The bookstore is on the way to, and on the way back from the Winter Quarters Temple. That means you have a rush of people then a break, then a rush of people, then a break. The bookstore catches their customers, coming or going, or both.

There were times when things were quiet and the three of us would talk, and laugh about bookstores and authors. (They love to have authors come, by the way). But the point is that it was truly a sweet experience, not to mention that the signing, itself, was a success. But, I think the highlight of the signing was when Malanie and her mother gave me a wall clock that Malanie had designed. It plays a hymn every hour, on the hour. (When the lights go out so does the music until the next morning).

Brent hung this unique and creative clock as soon as we got home, and every hour, during the day, the music of a hymn plays, bringing with it a reminder of what the gospel means in our lives.


Stephanie Abney said...

JoAnn ~

What a wonderful experience. I have yet to visit any Church History sites but I really want to. I think the gift of the clock was just so sweet. It speaks to what a lovely person you are and how easy it is to be drawn to you and so they wanted to give you something. Great post, thanks for sharing.


Shirley Bahlmann said...

I'm glad you had a great signing. Now, I expect you to have all the hymns memorized by midnight tonight.