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During the past month or so â€“ as Iâ€™ve made the journey from writer to published author â€“ life has been a bit of a blur. Iâ€™m busier than Iâ€™ve ever been, and despite the constant hum of activity, Iâ€™m also finding myself regularly overwhelmed by the kindness of those around me.
Ever since the Sept. 21 release of "Milwaukee Food: A History of Cream City Cuisine," Iâ€™ve had any number of delightful things happen to me.
Last week, I got a lovely email from someone whoâ€™d started reading the book and just wanted to let me know that, although they hadnâ€™t finished it yet, they found it difficult to put it down.
Just yesterday, I showed up at Anodyne in Walkerâ€™s Point to grab a cup of coffeeÂ with an acquaintance (soon to be friend, I'm quite sure), and she presented me with a bouquet of beautiful flowers with a lovely note, telling me how much she enjoyed reading the book.
And this morning I learned that Purple Door Ice Cream will carry copies of my book in its scoop shop.
That news was cool enough all by itself. But, it got even better when Purple Door owner Steve Schultz told me it will be donating all of the profits from the sales of the book (from now through Thanksgiving) to the Bay View Community Center Food Pantry.
"They are a very busy food pantry just blocks from our home in Bay View," Schultz wrote in an email to me. "...this just made sense. Using your book about food to raise money for a local food pantry seemed like a natural relationship."
My eyes welled up. My heart swelled. I'm so grateful to know such wonderful, generous people â€“ and to have them in my life.
I think the gesture means even more to me since Steve and …Read more...