Luggage

Thirty odd years ago (yeah, I can’t believe I can say that either) my mother bought me a luggage set as a birthday/graduation/xmas present.  It was pretty expensive then (especially for my mom) and I have to say I have gotten a lot of use out of it.  For roughly $100-$150 I got a complete Samsonite set.

20170702_203051_Burst01.jpgAnd, after 30 some years of traveling (I lived out of them for a couple of years) they really have stood the test of time.

What happened to the days where you bought something and knew it would last?  Remember the days where Samsonite had those commercials where chimpanzee’s, monkey’s, and apes threw the cases around?  They really did/do last.  Okay, it was American Tourister (do they still exist?) but, you get my drift…

I’m sad to say that other cases I’ve added have never lasted as long.  This set, pictured above is still going fairly strong.  I have one or two pieces I never use anymore (makeup case) and I’ve learned to downsize, but the same basic three pieces are still alive.  I’ve lost the pull strap for the big one which still has working wheels, you can see wear and tear on the edges, and today I found a hole through one of them as I pack for the GCLS con in Chicago.  Still, quality LASTS.  So does a GOOD story.  It stick’s with you for a LONG time, even after the book has become frayed and worn away.

We are living in a time where people dispose of their possessions far too easily.  A book, a story that sticks with you, makes you want to read over and over again, is priceless.  So take a moment and think over those you have enjoyed.  Check out mine if you haven’t, and if you have, please leave a review….you never know who you might influence and they can have the same enjoyment of the story that you had.

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If you are at GCLS this next week, please say hello to me.  If I look a bit confused it’s because I have the memory of a goldfish and while your name might ring a bell, the bell’s clapper may have been muffled…Facebook friends and others have a tendency to make me look as though I don’t remember anyone, but I do, and I have a long memory for the oddest things…so take a chance and give me a hug (I really don’t bite (despite the fangs)…hard), talk to me, and ask me for a lesbian membership card!  Lol!   Who knows when/where we will meet again!  See you all there!

Pay it Forward….with BOOKS!

Several years ago when Harry Potter was at its height and kids anxiously awaited each and EVERY release, my kids included, we ran into a problem at the school library.  Our school was brand spanking new and as a result got the new books LAST before the more established grade schools.  So, for like 400 kids waiting for a book there might be one or two, if that.  Then you had the time while someone had it checked out and you had to wait for them to return it before it became available for the next student…and the next.

I was in a good place in my life.  Two homes, two vehicles, and two boys who LOVED the HARRY POTTER books, which had been introduced to them by their loving Grandmother, my mother.  We all enjoyed the books both written and on tape as we took many trips together during that time.  My boys had a rule though; we ALL had to read the books FIRST before we could listen to them read to us on tape.  It was great as the boys read these thick volumes and enjoyed the stories.  Their imaginations soared.  But then we found out about the local library and their problems.

So, I went out and bought two complete sets of the books and ‘donated’ them to our school library.  The librarian couldn’t understand what my son meant at first when he brought them in to her.  When she finally realized what it was about she got up and gave him a kiss on the cheek, requesting that he give me the same.  Every new book that came out got a ‘donation’ or two to the school library so that more copies were available to the kids whose parents either couldn’t afford to buy them or didn’t realize their children were reading them.  My kids too got such a kick out of knowing their friends could read the same stories and enjoy them the same way they did.

A few years later, they were out of the school system but their mom (me) began to write her own novels.  I now donate them to the local library here in small-town USA as the LGBT section is woefully neglected.  I don’t think they appreciate Lesbian Fiction but I don’t really care for their narrow-mindedness.  I did hear from someone in town who was able to borrow one of my books and has since purchased ones that aren’t available by paperback.  I’ll continue to pay it forward…with books.  Thank you for reading!

My books are available through Shadoe Publishing @ www.shadoepublishing.com or on my own website at www.kannemeinel.com

My current release is available with two different covers:

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