Last Sunday evening, two friends and myself had the pleasure of listening to Anne Lamont.  Anne, a gifted and prolific writer, shared her words of wisdom (doused with a generous dose of humor) to a sold out audience at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.  She talked about importance of hope and why to remain so, how not to give in to despair during these confusing and challenging times.  She is inspiring by design.  She lifts us up encouraging us to keep on keeping on with our friends, families, communities, country and our world.

And as a writer, I appreciate her honesty about the challenge of the craft.  That first drafts are sometimes the pits and having honest words of input from others we trust are so very beneficial in honing our work.  Thank you Anne, on so many levels.  As she told us – go outside, look up, watch the birds, have hope. I’m on my way there right now.

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