About 28 years ago, before I returned to school for my Ph.D. in English at the University of Massachusetts, I worked as a technical writer at Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories in Richland, Washington. I met my partner, Valerie, in graduate school, and, in one of those odd coincidences that makes for a good story, she is the sister of the wife of one of my best buddies from my Richland days. Okay, so it’s not that great of a story…but it amuses the four of us, in-laws and out-laws.
So when my buddy, Lance, and his wife, Terri (Valerie’s sister), offered to host a book party for me at their home on the Yakima River, I was really pleased to be able to meet new readers and to see some old friends from back in the day. Terri is a serious gardener and the weather was gorgeous, so the setting was perfect:
Along with some old friends from my Battelle days there were several folks there with North Dakota and South Dakota connections, and lots of homesteading stories. One guest even had a picture with him of his homesteading grandmother on a (really good looking) horse. It was a fun crowd of avid readers. Good readers, good food, good wine, cold gin and tonics…perfect. Thanks, Lance and Terri!