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Oregon

Posted at Feb 9, 2015 10:07 am

For a few years, one of my nephews lived near Portland. I have a lovely necklace that my sister gave to me for my birthday after she’d visited him. They enjoyed looking through the local farmers’ markets and craft fairs. So although I’ve not visited the state in person, I have a happy memory of it.

Maybe I could visit to give a presentation to your book club or writers’ group. Won’t you invite me to come to your next event? And if it is too far to travel in person, I’d love to do a FaceTime or Skype chat with your group or an internet class designed especially for them. Please see my list of workshops and contact me.

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Pennsylvania

Posted at Feb 9, 2015 10:07 am

I haven’t yet visited Pennsylvania. My parents, however, often told me stories of their trips to Hershey Pennsylvania. Since they knew what a chocoholic I am, I still have not figured out if they were telling me to be nice or to torture me. In either case, I want to visit to see not only Hershey, but also some of the other sights in you state.

So, if you have a book club or a writers’ group—consider inviting me to speak at your next event. That would be a fun way to learn more about the state and connect with readers on a more personal basis. I can also do FaceTime or Skype chats or create internet courses for your group if you like. Please see my list of workshops and contact me.

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Rhode Island

Posted at Feb 9, 2015 10:06 am

I have not yet visited Rhode Island, but I would love to. If you have a writer’s group or a book club, won’t you invite me to come to your next event? I can also do FaceTime or Skype chats with your group or an internet class designed especially for them. Please see my list of workshops and contact me.

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South Carolina

Posted at Feb 9, 2015 10:06 am

I have happy memories of visits to Charleston. In 2011 my nephew graduated as a paramedic at a ceremony in Charleston, where he lived at the time (the ‘kid’ gets around). My sister and I took our mother to see him. At the time she was struggling with Alzheimer’s and I was weighing decisions on cancer treatments. But, despite the heavy clouds that could have turned our trip into a downer, the atmosphere of Charleston lifted our spirits and gave all of us a much needed break from real life.

We shopped at the craft markets, ate fried pickles (yum), shared a few drinks and my mother even swam at the hotel—a sight that inspired my sister and I for her tenacity and bravery. May we all age so well.

As great as the trip turned out to be, I think I’d like a “do-over.” Maybe I can come to South Carolina to visit with your book club or writers’ group. We could eat too much, laugh too much and binge on our mutual love of books. What do you think? If we can’t meet in person, I could still meet you via a FaceTime or Skype chat with your group or an internet class designed especially for them. Please see my list of workshops and contact me.

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South Dakota

Posted at Feb 9, 2015 10:05 am

I have not yet visited South Dakota, but I would love to. Everyone should at least see Mount Rushmore once in their lives! (Plus I’m sure there are many other places you could recommend I visit.) If you have a writer’s group or a book club, won’t you invite me to come to your next event? I can also do FaceTime or Skype chats with your group or an internet class designed especially for them. Please see my list of workshops and contact me.

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Tennessee

Posted at Feb 9, 2015 10:05 am

NASHVILLE

Nashville is home to country music—but it’s also home to my nephew and his family, including his adorable son and daughter. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting several times at events as diverse as christenings, 4th of July celebrations and birthdays. It’s fun to watch the little ones grow up and to see my sister’s eldest son growing into an inspirational man. (But I’m prejudiced where family is concerned.)

One fun Nashville memory I have is of going to a nautical themed restaurant where fish tanks lined the walls and you could be seated next to a giant eel or sea turtle during dinner. Even better, before being seated (if the wait was long), you could visit a tank of sting rays and feed them bits of shrimp from you hand. For those of you who don’t know, I am fascinated by these gentle creatures. They move in “flocks” in a v-shaped pattern, just like birds. They are elegant animals. My love for the rays inspired a scene or two in one of my books. Be on the lookout for it when you are reading future releases.

Sadly, the restaurant and the sting rays were lost in the dramatic regional flood a few years ago. RIP, sting rays, RIP.

CHATTANOOGA

I’ve called Chattanooga home since moving here in 2008. I—somewhat ashamedly—admit that when I was first approached about relocating for a job opportunity, I had visions of barefoot backwoodsmen. Kind of like what you see on the package of some national sausage brand. Boy was I surprised!

Chattanooga is a gem of a town. I immediately fell in love with the mountains, ridges and rolling hills. I adore the winding, steep drive to our house (even if I did have to buy a GPS to find the house when we moved). I can see the beauty of the Chickamauga lake from my windows.

More than the scenery, Chattanooga is home to warm people who opened their hearts to me when I moved here. I’ve made friends and enjoyed the best of just about everything—from cutting edge medical care, to state-of-the-art science and research (we’re called Gig City by some and the new silicon valley by others), to a thriving cultural and artistic center. After a few years here, I’ve become convinced that the city deliberately hides its assets to keep unwanted intruders out. Which reminds me—have you ever heard the story about the difference between a Yankee and a Damn Yankee? A Yankee goes home. If that’s the case, I must be a Damn Yankee, because I don’t plan to move anytime soon!

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I’ve driven through Knoxville many times. I even spent the night near there once. But I haven’t really visited yet. The same goes for many areas of the state—Memphis comes to mind. So, please, if you have a book club or writers’ group and would like to invite me to an event—I’d love to head your way. Please see my list of workshops and contact me.

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Texas

Posted at Feb 9, 2015 10:05 am

I’ve been to writing conferences in Houston, chemistry conferences in San Antonio and spent lots of time working in Texas. I love it. Texas barbeque is some of the best in the world. And as I steak lover, there may not be a better place on earth to eat than anywhere in Texas!

Some of my favorite memories are getting lost in your great cities. I’ve been traversing the area between the Hobby and Bush Intercontinental airports—or on my way to a hotel or meeting—when GPS malfunctions have sent me on various adventures. Once, flight delays and rerouting had me landing at the wrong airport near midnight. The rental car clerk programmed the GPS for me but—instead of taking me to my hotel—it took me across town to a street with a similar name, but—alas!—not hotel. Needless to say I was exhausted by the time we sorted it out.

Another time the suction cup holding the GPS in place gave out. The GPS flew across the dashboard, landing on the floor of the passenger seat. From there it continued to talk to me, although without the view of the streets navigation was a challenge.

A third time, the darn thing just conked out on the way to the airport. Worse, I was trying to follow the signs but since they didn’t specify which airport they were taking me to, I had to cross my fingers (metaphorically—I didn’t let go of the wheel long enough to do it for real) and hope I was going in the right direction.

But whether you are lost or not, you’ve gotta love the U-Turn lanes on the highways. They are lifesavers!

Maybe the next time I’m in Texas, I should let someone else do the driving. Would you volunteer? Because if you have a book club or a writers’ group, I’d love to come to your next event. Please see my list of workshops and contact me.

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Utah

Posted at Feb 9, 2015 10:04 am

Sorry, folks! I haven’t been to Utah yet. I would love to see the Great Salt Lake—both as a tourist and as a water treatment professional. But more than that, I’ve love to meet with your book club or writers’ group. Maybe you could invite me to attend your next event. And if that is too difficult, at least I could meet some of the wonderful readers and writers in Utah via FaceTime or Skype chats or through an internet class designed for your group. Please see my list of workshops and contact me.

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Vermont

Posted at Feb 9, 2015 10:04 am

Well, dang! I haven’t visited Vermont and I’d like to. Maybe you could invite me to attend the next event at your book club or writers’ group. I’d love to come in person, but I can also do FaceTime or Skype chats or host internet classes for your group. Maybe we could even team up with others in the New England area to make it a more festive event. Please see my list of workshops and contact me.

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Virginia

Posted at Feb 9, 2015 10:03 am

My science job has taken me to Virginia from time to time, but always for quick trips. The kind where I arrive in the evening, have dinner and fall asleep then watch the sights slide by from the window of the car as I go from the hotel to the customer site. Then it’s time to hustle to the airport.

I KNOW there is more to see in Virginia that what I’ve seen. And I’d love to meet the readers and writers that live there. If you have a writer’s group or a book club, won’t you invite me to come to your next event? And if meeting in person isn’t an option, I’d love to do a FaceTime or Skype chat with your group or an internet class designed especially for them.Please see my list of workshops and contact me.

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