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  • January 13th, 2011 | 2:25 PM
Thankful Thursday

As many of you around the kidlitosphere already, lkmadigan , one of our own, has been hit with devastating news. Cancer sucks. There is no other way to put it.

But people, people rock. Lisa has touched so many people in her life and a lot of them are saying thank you today. Especially nice to see since Lisa  was the one who started Thankful Thursday almost four years ago.

l met Lisa a few years ago when her agent (before she was an agent) literaticat set up a YA book event at Books Inc in San Francisco for Chris Crutcher. She was so excited having Chris come to town and so afraid that no one would show up that she begged her LJ friends to come plump up the audience. Lisa happened to be in town visiting a relative so she came and I came and I had one of those short conversations with her in the bookstore before things really got started.

And here's what I remember most, even after so much time has past. Lisa was right there in the moment, 100% present. She does the same thing on her blog and Facebook. She is always right there, in the moment, and she helps us remember to try and do the same. She is kind and reminds others to be kind and she takes time to slow down and see the beauty in the simple things of every day.

I'm pretty darn thankful for the path she has laid out for so many of us to follow.
There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.



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wordsrmylife
January 13th, 2011 10:52 pm (UTC)
What a lovely remembrance. Lisa touched so many children's and YA writers.
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susanwrites
January 14th, 2011 12:28 am (UTC)
Well of course her influence stretches beyond any boundaries.
lorrainemt
January 14th, 2011 03:19 am (UTC)
This is lovely. I'm glad you got to meet her, Susan.
suerankin
January 14th, 2011 05:41 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your friend, this is terrible news. I wish her the very best.
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WHO AM I?



Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.






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