An exciting week

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This past week has been full of excitement. Following our club contest at Toastmasters, Scott and I represented our club at the Area 62 contest. Scott took first place in the Evaluation Contest and I placed second in the International Speech contest.

17155533_10154267792126669_4597079398592931623_n.jpgPhoto taken by fellow Toastmaster at the close of the International Speech contest. I'm in second place, looking on as Chris holds the trophy.

17190917_1318343294897953_2997434542639630268_n.jpgScott, fellow club member of the Energetics, gets to take home the plaque for his first place. He goes on to Division contest level in District 86, at the end of March. Photo by another fellow Toastmaster in the Area.

That was Tuesday evening. During the early part of the week our family anticipated the birth of a new addition to the family. Nolan was born Wednesday early evening.

DSCN3012.JPGHolding my new little grandson, Nolan. He seemed to study our faces as we held him and he turned to hear his parents' voices

Then Friday, our book group gathered for coffee to get copies of our new book, Good Grief People, and celebrate its completion. And you know, if you're an author, that it's not the end. We planned our marketing strategies too and talked a bit about our launch, scheduled for May 6th.

Good Grief People Final Product.jpg

IMG_2627.JPGAnd five of six authors, including me, third from left, sending thumbs-up and raised cups to Alan in BC. He will join us in Ontario for the official book launch. Photo by Martin Meehan, another patron who was willing to take our photo using our publisher's cell phone. He hopes to write his stories too, so we had a good conversation with him.

It was a good week, the fruition of much work on everyone's part, including the new Mom.