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Pensacola and LA

Hey everybody! I've just done two talks, a reading and four interviews down here in Pensacola, and it has been a fascinating, moving, inspiring experience. I've made new friends, Kimberly and Denise, and met some truly amazing individuals who came out to hear me and share time together at the Women's Expo.

I don't know if I can sum this one up in a few words.

Many of the people here are quite religious and deeply committed to Jesus Christ and his teachings; that they were open enough to come and hear me and to, some of them, come to me in tears from my talk, with hugs and invitations to dinner, was really a miracle. And I learned so much about the Pentecostal and Charismatic faiths!

One of the other groups that sponsored me was the Coalition of 100 Black Women- Pensacola chapter, and the beautiful women who came from that group embraced me and also diversified the whole event, another miracle. On top of all those miracles and all that love, they put me up in a gorgeous place overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Yesterday the water was the most amazing blue-green, today is stormy and gray but beautiful just the same.

I miss the baby, but every day I get more letters from readers of Baby Love and they remind me of why I'm out here. Thank you!

I realize I haven't given you the LA update: It was great. I had a great time doing the KTLA morning show. We kibbitzed and one of the hosts had read Black, White and Jewish many years ago and talked during the segment about how much the book meant to her...I had a great escort, Lisa Becker, who had just been with Ayaan Hirsi Ali and said she was just wonderful, which I'm sure is true as her work and book are both so powerful and important. The booksellers in LA were amazing, too. At the Barnes and Noble in Santa Monica, I was showered with baby books for the baby, and at Vroman's I couldn't stop myself from buying a little Elmo and this incredible 3-D Frog book!

Okay so I'm pretty up to date, no? Tomorrow I go to Philadelpia again to speak at University of Pennsylvania. If you are around, come say hello.

Peace and love,
Rebecca
April 15th, 2007

Comments:

Comment #1 by Cloei on April 16, 2007 - 5:57pm

I truly enjoyed your talk on Saturday; I was only able to hear you during the closing but I was inspired and energized someone thinks like me (I made this comment and some thought this was scary)... my thinking is so out of the box anyway, I just wanted to let you know your words were thought provoking and I would love for the powers that be (which can be any of us) will come to the table with the foundation set - being open to flow in all our ideas and manifest a plan to make a better world; I look forward to reading more of your work!

Comment #2 by scribe11 on April 19, 2007 - 4:33am

Rebbeca you are beautiful inside and out. As I proccessed my experience of having a ambivalent mom,I knew early on it was very important to mother myself. I haven't always made the best choices, but I am a great mom to a thirteen year old young lady and am anticipating our segue into friends. Thank you for your book it put into words what many women go through, not just the daughters of the famous. Kiss the baby for your universal family. And your mother will always have a world in her eye.Namaste'Angelic

Comment #3 by Sneha Abraham on April 20, 2007 - 7:27pm

Rebecca,I really enjoyed your reading at Vroman's and just finished *Baby Love* yesterday afternoon -- I loved it. It was touching, sometimes funny and very wise and helped me process some of my own ambivalence about motherhood. I have a a few friends who've been waiting for me to finish it so they can dive in -- one who is pregnant and another single, child-less (as of now) woman. And I've recommended your book to many others through my blog...As a writer, too, I found your memoir to be one of the most engaging ones I've read. Namaste,Snehawww.reveriesruminations.blogspot.com

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