Art Exhibit by my friend from Iran

  I first met Azarakhsh Farahani when he came to Chicago to promote Malaria at the 2016 Chicago International Film Festival. He contacted me on the online hospitality website Couchsurfing saying he needed a place to stay for about 15 days. That was a lot longer than I normally host--but, hey, why not! I learned as... Continue Reading →

Sorrow Estate=Welcome Laura

About a year ago, as serendipitously can happen, I met Laura Johnson of Sorrow Estate at Calvin College during the Festival of Faith & Writing. But it was even more coincidental than that. About 4 years ago I couchsurfed with a great (grand) couple in Grand Rapids and when I contacted them last year they... Continue Reading →

How to invite me to your school

Author Jane Hertenstein is available for FREE Skype School Visits *She wants to make her books and literacy a key part of young reader’s experience *She wants to make rural schools and especially Appalachia a key region for her visits *Though she would love to come to you in person, finances and winter driving in... Continue Reading →

40 Years Ago

February 1, 2019 marks the 40th year of Ayatollah Khomeini’s return to Iran from exile. What does this mean to the rest of the world? Many leaders in the Middle East placated the West by calling for democracy and modernization—while at the same time maintaining a regime of suppression and human right abuse. Today we... Continue Reading →

Kentucky Book Festival, Nov. 17th

I attended and was on a panel at the Kentucky Book Festival in Lexington at an arena that featured books and horses. People attending the rodeo could also wander into the book fair and visa versa. Books & Horses, Words & Hooves.  

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