To all who helped put together and make our first Claim Your Story Writing Conference a success. Appreciate Lidia Yuknavitch and Alissa Lukara for teaching, Marlene and Scott of the Ashland Springs Hotel catering department, the staff at Lithia Springs, and the writers who attended. Thanks too to Judy Lara for her help, and always big thanks to my partner in crime Jay Collins. We were amazed at the level of talent and creativity in that room and, as always, had a lovely stay while in Ashland.
(This is one of my favorite paintings I’ve seen in real life. It reminds me of Lithia Springs Resort, was painted by the great Henri Matisse, and is displayed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.)