When my American Girl editor and I started talking about Lanie and who she was, we set a goal that this character would show girls that we all can make a difference around the world AND in our own back yards. With all the author speaking I’ve been doing, added to my volunteer work for Ethiopia Reads, I don’t actually spend too much time in MY own back yard. But this weekend, it’s all Lawrence, KS all the time.
On Saturday, I sign, starting at 10:30, at a Lanie event at the Jayhawk store, as I last wrote on my blog. On Sunday, families can 1) hear (and see) the story of how and why I created Lanie, 2) hear how they can love the earth from Kansas back yards, and 3) make a difference in Ethiopia.
Maybe you’re nowhere near my back yard. That’s the joy of connections on the Internet. But if you happen to be close, come see me!
(785) 843-4171 or www.firstpreslawrence.org
The year of Lanie is drawing to a close, but her story has been one little starfish tossed into an enormous sea. How do we forget that stories, fragile wisps in a big world’s winds, have such power?
I’m thinking of this library this morning and mulling a Lance Armstrong quote as I head off to bedazzle second graders: “Believe in belief for its own shining sake.”