Sunday, May 19, 2013

Spring Sonata

We're back after a brief spring break and hope those of you who celebrated Mother's Day had a wonderful time!

With the later spring and early summer holidays on our near horizon, WFS pauses for a moment or two to rearrange our displays in the store, and bring new merchandise in.  We have already received in Imagine Chocolate, a delicious, local gourmet chocolate producer; have picked up some beautiful (locally grown) live orchids; and are showing a new artist's work!  We've also received in some great new books, and are having a GrantBuilder's Workshop on Tuesday, May 21, with one of the authors.  Here's the flyer for the workshop:

A week ago Friday, we had a lovely book signing event with Elliot M. Gold, where we listened to interviews he'd done as a TIME/LIFE photojournalist of rock n roll icons.  His book "Rememories" is a compilation of these interviews, and to actually hear the voices of people like Grace Slick, Bruce "Cousin Brucie" Morrow, and Andrew Young!  Here's a photo from Altadenablog of Elliot during the event:

This was such an interesting and moving event, and Elliot assures us that he's available to do it again - lucky us! 

On our calender for June is a book signing with author Carol Woodliff, whose book, "From Scared To Sacred: Lessons In Learning To Dance With Life", touched us deeply. On Thursday, June 6, we'll all learn about how to reclassify fear and how to let the voice within guide you to your highest endeavors.  Well be looking forward to this with anticipation - make sure to reserve this date on your schedule, you won't want to miss it!

This is turning out to be a very busy spring, and we're loving it! We also had a fund-raiser for Danny's Farm, where we were able to send them 15% of our net sales, and we also raised $120.00 for West, Texas, where the town was almost wiped out due to a fertilizer factory explosion.  We're very grateful to our customers who donated so readily!

Until next week, friends!

Lori and Scott

Sunday, May 5, 2013

May Madness

“Lots of people go mad in January. Not as many as in May, of course. Nor June. But January is your third most common month for madness.”
Karen Joy Fowler, Sarah Canary

It's seems impossible that it's already May, with Mother's Day on the 12th, just around the corner.  It even seems like an eternity since last week!  We've been very busy over here at WFS, you see, and time seems to speed up and then slow down like a slide on a trombone.

Just yesterday we hosted a book signing event with the ladies who wrote The Chocolate Princess In The Land Of Plenty.    This coming Friday evening, we'll be hosting former TIME/LIFE photographer and current ACONA founder Elliot Gold, who'll be signing his 2010 book "Rememories".  This won't be just a book signing, either.  Much like The Chocolate Princess, where the authors reached out and spoke one-on-one with the attendees, Elliot will be playing his taped interviews with assorted music luminaries who changed our world in the 1950s, 60s, and early 1970s.  We'll hear their words and listen to "their" music, which is also "our" music, and relive those turbulent, fascinating times!  The event starts at 5:00 p.m., along with Fancy Food Truck Friday. 

We've also firmed up plans to host a book signing and mini grant writing seminar by LaQuetta Shamblee.  Her new book, The Grantbuilder, is a step-by-step overview for her registered trademark course.  The book is available here at WFS, and those who buy the book will be able to attend this seminar for 50% off.  We'll release more information about this exciting seminar next week, so stay tuned!

More coming up in the pipeline - we're in talks right now to get one our newest authors, Carol McKibben,
here to sign her new book "Luke's Tale"; and we're working hard to get Carol Woodliff's books in and have her make a guest appearance as well! 

We also had the honor of attending Leadership Pasadena's graduation ceremony on Thursday afternoon, and enjoyed the proceedings immensely.  This is a fabulous program for building your leadership skills and we're mulling over attending the next session.  We were very pleased to note that The LightBringer Project's LA faction (the geniuses behind The Doo Dah Parade, and Room 13) works with Leadership Pasadena - wow, that Tom Coston is everywhere, and we love it!

We're off to rest tonight, and start again tomorrow, friends, as we're sure you are, as well.  Enjoy these next couple of weeks - we'll be a blogging break for Mother's Day, so we'll see you later!

Lori and Scott