Visiting Mom

Just returning home from a delightful, though brief 1-week visit with Mom. She is one dynamic person and classy lady. Never mind that she is active and healthy and vibrant at 92½ years young! As “President of my fan club,” she even booked a mini book promotion tour for me. I spoke at the Christmas meeting for the Palm Harbor district for the PEO, a philanthropic educational organization that raises college scholarship money for young women.

I also addressed an enthusiastic Men’s Breakfast Club meeting. Mom was my Plus One. We then held a book signing for residents at the large independent living complex where Mom lives. I feel most humbled that we sold out of both Books 1 and 2 in the Destiny series and started taking orders! I feel honored to make Mom feel so proud.

Tilapia with mango salsa, broccoli, and sweet potato


Plus, I helped her with Christmas decorations. And, yes… I ate wayyy too much along the way. Mom kept my personal, business, and social calendars packed. And, as usual, she kept her effervescent self sparkling. I am one very fortunate woman.

Mom as Fun Chorus gave gift to Director Shelley DennisIn addition to The Hall Sisters (from yesterday’s article), we enjoyed some other super-superb entertainment during the week, as well. Award-winning, Clearwater-based singer-songwriter Nick Dukas and his band got folks singing and smiling.

And the 16-member Madrigal singers from East Lake HS in Tarpon Springs totally blow away many pros I have seen.

Noted for performing with medieval style and acapella to boot, they also graced us with other musical styles. Jaw-dropping from start to finish! These talented and top-notch young people are not only extremely talented, but they are also leaders academically. Congratulations to the students and their director, Robert Knabel. Their season is full of performances, both locally and at such places as Disney World and Carnegie Hall.



About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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