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Before the Saltwater Came-Happy 14th Birthday! — 13 Comments

  1. What a great way to celebrate the ongoing relevancy o’ a great little book! Here’s hoping it made an impression on all the kids to look after the wetlands – and especially young Mr. Renasse (awesome tie-in)!

    • Yep, Ranasse was a really cool kid, and Ms. Harper brought him over to meet me because he wanted to leave. Stroke of pure universal luck that connection came to me, so I really hoped he would keep his promise and stay;; which he did of course. This was by far the most “casual” gathering of children, and I’m still in awe of how well behaved, calm, and kind they all were. One mother asked to take a selfie with me, and I’m just sorry I didn’t get her name so I could be her new FB friend, LOL!!!

  2. 14 years later this book so relevant and now the Saltwater has sadly come! Continues to come! Thank you for this amazing story! A message so powerful!

    • Thank you so much, Polly, for all you do to advocate for our wetlands. Everyone else . . . Polly has probably read this book to as many children as I and shared it with more adults than she can count! Her voice speaks very loudly in coastal restoration circles and people listen! Onward and upward, Polly!

  3. Jeez it doesn’t seem like it’s been that long!
    I recall meeting you at Cabelas before church to pick up 3 autographed copies for my grandchildren.
    Have you worked anymore on your autobiography?

    • Yes, I remember our meeting at Cabela’s!! My autobiography? You know, I never even considered it as such! Those little chapters . . . but I guess you’re right! The answer is no, I haven’t, sadly!

  4. You had just had the book published when I started following your blog and it doesn’t seem that long ago. Glad you got to read it to the kids and glad they enjoyed it so much. Their librarian sounds like a terrific lady.

    • Well, the book published in February 2005, but I was still very actively promoting it and doing appearances and readings when I started this blog in 2007! I’m pretty sure your grandson won a copy, right?

      • Yes! He did win it and I believe it was passed on to his nephews with his other books. He graduates this May and will be shipping out to South Carolina on June 4th to become a mechanic on the Chinook helicopters. Very proud of him.

  5. What a terrific way to celebrate your book. Having been an elementary teacher, I can imagine the wonderful learning opportunities while having fun. This was a special, meaningful event for many students and families. Congratulations.

    • Thank you, Bonita, and yes, it was a very nice event for the children. I hope the librarian and principal get the chance to read this piece because they truly are doing a great job with the children!

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