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Hi Barbara! We had sudden major problems getting our emails out to our members this past summer. (I work at a non-profit association.) We signed up with Constant Contact for email distribution lists and I'm pleased to tell you that it works like a charm. It takes a bit longer to put your email together, but it looks great and they have an agreement with most of the internet provider to pre-recognize them. Just a thought.


Joni - Thanks for the suggestion!


I'm so sorry to have missed one of my favorite parties of the year!

Magdalena Edwards

Thank you for hosting such a wonderful event! It was so much fun to hang out with the gals for a few hours for such a fantastic cause. VIVA BOOKS FOR ALL KIDS! xox Magdalena

Ruth Rudnick

Barbara! I'm glad it was great but I am so bummed I didn't get an invite! I enjoy that event every year so very much Drats.


elizabeth - I'm so sorry too.
magadalena - yes!
ruth - besides the spam issue my email list was a mess - save the first Saturday of December 2010!

Barbara Force

What a wonderful party, such great ladies and a fabulous cause. Thank you so much. Barb


I would be happy to send some books to be included. Also, do you know where to take books that I am giving away --- used, by me -- but in good condition. At moment take to shelter on 12th Street in SM.

Happy Holidays --- enjoy your blog (is that what your lovely web spot is called).

Michele Farinola

Thank you for inviting me to your lovely home for this special cause. What a wonderful group of inspiring women and what a great way to kick off the season!
Much love, Michele

Mary Rose Betten

What a joyful event. Writers everywhere and the ocean right out the window.It was deeply satisfying to be an elf writer wrapping, a writer chatting and best of all sharing the writers spirit of the season. You make beauty happen Barbara dear it was memorable.
Thank you for including me.
~Mary Rose

Loren Stephens

Barbara, so sorry to have missed. I was at the Genealogical Library in Burbank showing my film, Los Pastores, and giving a speech afterwards. They got started late so that I couldnt get over the hill in time for one of my favorite parties of the year. Thank you for doing this. Have a wonderful holiday. Off to NYC. Hugs, Loren


Barb - thanks for coming and yes, great ladies -
Harriet - Save the first Saturday next December -
Michele - a great photo of you!
Mary Rose - only a poet could write those singing words: elf writer wrapping.

Denise Emanuel Clemen


What a lovely party! Our fireside chat made my day.


Denise - It made mine too! We've got to do that more often.


I like the idea that you give free books to those who cannot afford them. I was hoping to also participate a group like yours.


Lea - think about starting a group of your own. A lot of friends have copied this idea - I love that it's spreading.


Sorry to have missed it! I didn't get an invite either so don't know if it's email or spam. I hope to join you next year!

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