I met Rob in Gilmanton. He said his dad, an author, enjoyed hearing Rob read his own books back to him. What a great idea--to return a person's own stories to them, with love. Then Rob sent me this photo of him reading one of my books to his dad. Wow. #whyIwrite.
Post (almost, fingers crossed, the worst is over) Covid update:
First in-person performance for the Tri-Town Democrats of Barnstead, Alton, and Gilmanton on a balmy July evening (it wasn't raining) on a backroad off a backroad in a barn surrounded by fields and gardens. Yup--I told stories. We laughed together. And . . . wait for it . . . people told stories to me and to each other. John Dickey told about the time (around 2006) when the town of Gilmanton asked for taxpayer support for a proposed safety complex, which would house, among other things, a new police department. To illustrate need, the condition of the current station, the basement of the old town hall, was cited. For one thing, rats shared the space with the officers.
"What's the problem?" one frugal taxpayer said at Town Meeting. "That got guns, don't they?"
I think he meant the officers, not the rats.
More live humor events coming up in August and September (see SCHEDULE). Hope to see some of you in the FLESH.
Below: Three photos of Judy Wagner's barn in Gilmanton--one of the most beautiful spots for stories that I've ever had the privilege to tell in.
I'm a writer, storyteller, and purveyor of yankee humor based in Northwood, New Hampshire. Happily I travel to places where people like to hear funny stories and laugh together. On we go.
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