Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Readers Luncheon 2011

Mark your calendar for November 5, 2011 for HeartLA's Annual Readers' Luncheon


Special guest: Sabrina Jeffries

Tickets are now on sale!
CLICK HERE to register and pay by check ($40/ticket).
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Location and Event Details

3739 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808
Itinerary (Saturday, November 5, 2011)
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Check-in and mingling
11:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Luncheon
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Book signings and more mingling

Luncheon Buffet Menu

Juban's Sensation Salad

Chicken Florentine - Spinach stuffed breast of chicken with a sauce Mornay
Crispy Fillet of Catfish - Topped with Crawfish Etouffee

Oven Roasted New Potatoes
Sauteed Vegetables

Juban's Signature Bread Pudding - Served hot with a Meyer's Rum and Grand Marnier sauce
Chocolate Truffle Mousse Cake - Layers of moist cake and Boston Cream with chocolate truffle icing with whipped cream and chocolate sauce

Meal includes Iced Tea, Community Coffee, and French bread

Questions about the event can be directed to

Monday, August 22, 2011

5 things...

1. Be thankful. You never know when something tragic could happen. I live in a pretty rural area and I was headed out so the teens could have a yougart date, while I had some one on one time with the little one. I had a van full of teens (4) and my 1st grader… and we were not a mile from the house in a really dangerous curve when the unthinkable nearly happened. As I rounded the corner I saw a large car @ a high rate of speed in the ditch on my side of the road headed towards us. I slowed down and tried to pull over, but because of the crazy driving I really had no idea where to go, so I judged the best I could and prayed. When the car flew by not a foot from the front driver side of my van all I could do was breathe a sigh of relief. Most of the kids were more shaken than I was at the time… of course thinking about it later all I can say is – Be thankful – I am!

2. Routine is awesome… since we are getting in one around here things are getting easier for me to keep up and I love it.

3. Teens need advice… who knows if they will heed it, but I say it’s always best to give it. I’ve given up worrying about being “interfering”. It’s easier to say what I have to say and move on.

4. Never discount what someone else is thinking… it might just be worth hearing and might make a difference in your life.

5. Take time to listen… to your spouse, to your parent, to your friend, to your child.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Where did the time go...

Slowly but surely I’m crawling out from under that rock I’ve been living under for about six months… I know it’s time to get back on track with my writing and that includes blogging, because when I have accountability (blog) I always do better. I’m not going to kill myself since I still have a dozen other duties to tend to but I’m going to blog once a week at first and to make it seem simple in my mind I’m going to do something I’m calling “five things”. I’ll post five things – it might be as simple as a link or as complicated as writing insight.

1. Volunteering takes: time and energy and will take away from something else. Is it worth it? That’s a whole other topic for a different day – but in short: yes. But sometimes you have to learn how to say “no” – yeah this is directly for me!

2. Little things matter – especially to small children, take a few minutes to brighten someone’s day, even if you just offer them a smile.

3. My baby started 1st grade – and I couldn’t be happier

4. My oldest (I only have two) started High School – and I couldn’t be more ambivalent. I want to watch her grow into the wonderful young lady she is becoming, but this milestone makes her growing up so real…

5. Risking Delaney came out in April… and has only had one review that I’m aware of –I’d love to give away a copy if someone would be willing to write a review and post it someplace like --- just email me -- rmkey at cox (.) net if you are interested!