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Photo credit: Holly Peterson, The Ball Studio

Is your local book group reading Accidental Addict? Contact Linda Crew at ljc1@​ if you would like to have her visit your meeting. She's happy to come to Corvallis area groups.


April 27, 2017

Discussing ACCIDENTAL ADDICT at Eneke Warnke's book group. Private.

May 23, 2017

Discussing ACCIDENTAL ADDICT at Claudia Raleigh's book group, 4:00pm. Private.

It feels so good to be well and out in the world again! A couple of weeks ago I visited Pat Schmaltz's class at Crossroads, here in Corvallis. A lovely group of women from China, Korea, and one from Iran were using my Oregon Trail novel, A Heart for Any Fate, as a vehicle for practicing their English. I have always loved novels about Chinese women, so it was really fun to watch Bo, from China, enthusiastically dissect the romantic relationships in my book! They all really got it!

A week later I returned with my grandson in tow during their end of the term party to collect the scrapbook of the Oregon Trail driving adventure I'd left for the class to peruse. Naturally I was hoping the Chinese women could get Nolan to converse in Chinese so I could hear him. Unfortunately the crowded room was too loud and echoy and his little piping voice could not be heard speaking in either language. Oh, well! He seemed to enjoy seeing a bunch of women who looked like his mother.

For more on using A Heart for Any Fate in an English-as-a-second language class, please go to the page for this book.

Finally got well and made it back to Hawaii--October, 2016.

My idea of a hot date and a fun time: cleaning up the old homestead site at Kitten Creek, Yamhill County, Oregon, October 2011

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