A busy, busy couple of weeks! Had a great time with old friends Cheryl Wheeler and Lucy Kaplansky at the annual Clearwater Benefit in Tarrytown. And of course, my sweethearts Tom Paxton and Tom Chapin were there. In fact, it occurred to Debra and me that we could do a tour of "Janis and her Tom Toms" at some point...
I was also privileged to give the keynote address to the Alabama Librarians Association in Hoover, followed up a week later by two sold out shows with Karla Bonoff at the Hoover Library. What a great idea, to build a beautiful small theater as part of a library! I wish it was like that everywhere...
Pat and I got to see the incredible Lily Tomlin when she performed in Nashville last week. Can't recommend her show highly enough - we laughed, and laughed, and laughed.
AND I just got off the phone with my audiobook editor, and it will be available for download as of June 7th - details and clips to follow!
I'm headed up to Warren Wilson College to give the commencement address this Saturday - imagine, me, the high school dropout, telling graduates how to commence their lives!
The following Monday I'll be having rotator cuff surgery, so I'll be off line for at least four weeks and probably closer to eight. With no wish to offend, let me ask you all not to email me, or Judy, or Debra, with well wishes or questions -- Debra's going on vacation, Judy will have her hands full, and I won't be able to respond. In lieu of get well cards, I'm asking that micro-payments equivalent to the card and stamp be made to the Pearl Foundation through Paypal and our donation buttons on the site. I have a great surgeon, I'm not worried, and I'm actually (don't tell anyone I work with...) looking forward to some peace and quiet. Even physical therapy sounds pretty good compared to how busy I've been these past couple of years!
Most of all, I'm going to start plowing through all the great books I've been wanting to read these past couple of years - on my Kindle, on Pat's iPad, from the library and our fabulous local bookstore, Parnassus. I plan to enjoy myself as much as possible.
So thanks in advance for your well wishes, and for those of you following my "Quote of the Day" on Facebook, Twitter, or my own forums, it's going to be a while, so let me leave you with this:
"After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books."
With all best wishes,
What an Anniversary!
50 years since her first album, 40 years since her first Grammy.
$80,500 from Pearl this year!
$80,500. That's how much we just sent to our four current scholarship funds. $909,000. That's how much money the Pearl Foundation has now given to fund our five ongoing scholarships for returning students.
Patience & Sarah wins prestigious Earphones Award!
Patience & Sarah has won a prestigious Earphones Award from AudioFile. Here's some of what they had to say: "Janis Ian and Jean Smart bring exquisite joy, vulnerability, and honesty to their narration of Isabel Miller's 1969 historical fiction novel about the love between a poor farmer's daughter, Sarah, and a folk painter, Patience, in nineteenth-century New England."