The past month has found me traveling and talking about my fav subjects! History, food, spirits, and places. I was invited to speak at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis. When I was first asked, I thought, yippee, Indy. Never been there and had to clue what to expect. Boy was I pleasantly surprised! Nice people, great city, and cool history. The JW Marriott was outstanding. Every hotel should be run like this one. Everyone was pleasant and customer-oriented from the moment I checked in to the moment I checked out. Behind the hotel I found walkways, canals, and a beautiful river to stroll around. Then I dined at St. Elmo's, which is a historical landmark. I had and old-fashioned in their 1933 lounge. St. Elmo's serves a legendary shrimp cocktail and original 1905 Navy bean soup. The service was outstanding and dining in this historical restaurant was pretty cool. Their steak was delicious, but this is a special occasion [...]
I finally finished the first pass at Love, Lies, and Loss Across Two Continents. Ethel is dead since that pretty much ends her story. Yes I know it happened in 1938, but I've taken her from birth to death, so it kind of feels new to me. It's a weird author thing... This is a photo of Ethel and her second husband Claude Barry. Now I'm going back to work on the narrative and add some fun contextual information. This weekend I head to wild, wonderful West Virginia for their annual writers conference. I'm doing a panel of food and beverages and another on research. Since I've been knee-deep in that for Ethel I should sail through that one. I also give the keynote speech on Saturday morning.