On Thursday and Friday, November 4 and 5,
Paul Zimmer and I were the featured writers at the Great Lakes Writers Festival sponsored by Lakeland College, Sheboygan. Paul and I were "the dynamic duo" - different in many ways, yet very much in harmony on all the important things. During question and answer sessions, Paul might say of my answer "I can't improve on that" or I would have to say it of his.
The two of us shared our passion for words and for the beauty of the world's ordinary moments. I think those who attended the festival took a little of our passion with them.
Like me, Paul is a poet who also writes memoir and essay. He has written, for instance, of his experience as one of the American soldiers in the Nevada desert during testing of the atomic bombs. He was but twenty years old. "They wanted to see how young soldiers would react to the atomic explosion," he explained.
Certainly I feel honored that I was able to work with Paul.
And I was honored to share my work with and be appreciated by those intensely interested people who attended the festival - folks from the general public, some Lakeland College students, and quite a group of Sheboygan high school students who are writing.
I was tired by the time we finished, as you might imagine, but also fired up with the enthusiasm that was reflected back at us.
This kind of work could become habit-forming.