“Your Grandmother Raised Monarchs” Release This Week

To My Dear Blogging Friends:

Well, it’s only taken eight years and countless drafts, but “Your Grandmother Raised Monarchs” will finally be available on Amazon sometime this week, followed by a Kindle version maybe a week later. I’m really in photographer and writer Mary Birdsong‘s debt for the nuanced cover shot of a butterfly and a couple of observations that helped focus my thoughts–and to wife Kathy for reading the manuscript probably thirty or forty times. A word about spending your hard-earned dollars: of course I want people to buy the book, but understand it won’t keep you on the edge of your seat. If you wouldn’t enjoy page after page of random thoughts a middle-aged man wants to share with his future grandchildren, then . . . well . . . buy “Your Grandmother Raised Monarchs” for somebody who would. (Insert smiley face here!) Peace and love, John

P.S. I admit the process of pushing this rock up the mountain has been consuming lately. It’s slowed down my blogging and reading/responding. Thanks for your patience. I look forward to being on the grid in the days ahead.

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17 thoughts on ““Your Grandmother Raised Monarchs” Release This Week

  1. Yay! I’m so excited for you, John! (And for me, too, to get to read it!)
    Given I’m still on a purging/minimalist kick, I will await the Kindle version. I’ll check Amazon at the end of the week, and every day until it’s available!

    Congrats on giving birth to your book! 🙂

    • Hi, Nancy. Thanks. Yeah, boy, I really support your purging kick. In a blast of irony, I’m about to start a book purge, especially since I have hundreds (thousands?) of books I’ll never read–and don’t even want to. P.S. Lots of “pushing” with my book. Many stitches! But it’s a good pain. John

        • Hmm. Point taken. The sight of my wife after the birth of our daughter 26 years ago just snapped into focus. I remember thinking, “Well, what the hell are we going to do about that.” Pain! Yes, da ladies win that contest.

          • My son may have been born with the biggest head in the history of baby heads. I heard the phrase “3rd degree tearing” uttered while the doctor tried to repair the damage with his needle and thread. 😦

          • Holy crap! I hope you were drugged up. I’d have freaked out, hearing burn terminology being used about something just below my Mason-Dixon. You’re my hero.

  2. Your beautiful book was just delivered. “Before you were born, your grandfather sat up in the trees and loved you ahead of time.” Oh, my. I am thrilled to have a copy of this.

    After I’ve read it it, can I send it to you with return postage paid so that you can sign it for me?

    • Oh, Mary! I’ve been having a low morning and your words lifted me up. Thank you. Of course I’ll sign the book for you! In ink, crayon, olive oil, whatever. Peace, John

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