Special thanks to Carol Piersol, especially for the lovely gifts she brought me from Lithuania this year and also for having me speak to her book club in Richmond.


Hilda Meth, in white sweater, had me as a guest in her home in Warrenton for dinner and a presentation of “Izzy’s Fire” to her book club members. Hilda, who formerly lived in Richmond, and I became dear friends after she read “Izzy’s Fire.” She has always been one of my staunchest supporters.


Pat Rollison, in blue sweater, kindly arranged a book presentation for me at her Circle 1 group at the Trinity United Methodist Church, where I enjoyed cookies and coffee, too.