I’m going to be travelling a bunch in the next four weeks. This past weekend I visited my daughters in Ann Arbor. Barbara Vey OMG May 2nd 2016Aren’t they lovely? Very mature and professional looking. I think they take after their mother.

Next comes Barbara Vey’s event which will be over by the time this blog goes live. Watch for pictures on social media. Plus I’ve got a special #hashtag about the event. In case you missed the event, here’s my welcome speech. In my head, it was a rousing success. I have no idea how the real event is going to go!


Many years ago, I had an interview with a Publishers Weekly blogger named Barbara Vey. It’s a funny story if you want to ask either of us about it, but the punch line is that we talked much too long about everything and became lifelong friends. I didn’t realize then that this is typical for anyone who hangs around Barbara. We find out interesting things, we talk about what we love, and we end up with friendships that last forever.

So this weekend, and especially today, Barbara has created an experience that magnifies what’s special to her.

  • Someone here today has something to say that will change your perspective and therefore your life.
  • Someone here today needs to hear what you say because it will touch his/her soul.
  • Someone at your table knows a story that will make you smile all the way down to your toes.
  • Someone at your table can become a lifelong friend.

This is why Barbara has brought together. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a catchphrase to really bring home how special this time is?


Years ago, #I was Veyed when Barbara and I became great friends.
#I’ve been Veyed often whenever she recommends an amazing book to me.
And #I’ve been Veyed every year at this event with the great friends I’ve met.

So welcome everyone. Whether it’s your first time or your thousandth, please enjoy being Veyed. It’s going to be great day.

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