As many of you may know, our beloved sister hostess SHARON DONOVAN, tragically passed away on 11th April 2012. We who knew her, loved her, and were inspired by her courage and determination to face head on whatever life threw at her. When she could no longer see to paint she turned to writing and showed her amazing talent in the Inspirational Romance and Romantic Suspense genres, and her story 'Charade Of Hearts' was awarded the coveted Predators and Editors Award in January 2011.

This Blog was a source of great delight to her, she was one of the founder hostesses and she contributed to the fun and silliness in her own original way, and was kind enough to let her unique creation, the hunky butler 'Oliver' join us for our Friday romp and prepare 'virtual breakfast' for the guests on the following morning. It's beyond hard to have to go on without her, but we know that she would have been the first to insist that 'the show must go on.' She is, and will always be with us in spirit.
Sharon, dear friend, we will never forget you.
The Author Roast and Toast is part of the legacy you left us. Let's raise a Toast to you as well as all our guests.

Friday, February 17, 2012

'They Stood Alone! (with Sandra McLeod Humphrey at the Author Roast)

“Gosh it’s scary in this place.” Lyn picks up each foot and as daintily as possible places one in front of the other as the hostesses of the Author Roast and Toast enjoy a book signing and party at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in New York City.

“What’s scary?” Patsy flexes her huge biceps. “I could take just about anyone. I’ll protect you!”

 Mary chuckles and pats Lyn on the back.

“If Sharon were here she’d want them to replicate her. What are you afraid of, getting waxed.” Mary breaks up with laughter. “Get it, getting waxed. Truly I make some great jokes, If I might say so myself.

 “That’s good Mary, because no one else is laughing.” Lyn smiles.

“What’s the matter Lyn? Shoes too tight?” Mary remarks.

 “Please you two behave, have you seen the darn guest list? Look at this thing. This is a veritable cast of who’s who for goodness sakes.” Patsy fluffs her cuffs. “I do look good in blue.”

Lyn and Mary scan the list as Patsy begins to check out the wax figures. Guests of Honor: Christopher Columbus, Leonardo da Vinci, Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Henry David Thoreau, Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Elizabeth Blackwell, Nikola Tesla, Booker T. Washington,

Mother Teresa
Harriet Tubman
Marie Curie, Mohandas Gandhi,
Orville Wright, Albert Einstein,
Amelia Earhart, Margaret Mead, Marian Anderson, Margaret Bourke-White, Rachel Carson, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson,
Neil Armstrong.

“You’ve got to be kidding, most of those people are all, dead.” Mary shivers.
 “How are they gonna get here? As ghosts?”

Mary looks around, and starts to get creeped out by the wax figures all around. “No dingbat.” Lyn taps her on the head. “Is anyone there? I see lights, but no one is home.” Patsy’s laughter can be heard from up ahead in the dim rooms that housed the figures. “They are going to each come to life and spend time with us. Three at a time so we each have our own celebrity or noteworthy person to talk to. Haven’t you wanted to ask Columbus if he knew he wasn’t the first to discover the Americas?” Lyn asks Mary.

“Come on, I see Patsy up there and she is yapping with someone. Oh, look! Oliver is at the tables and the food is ready! Did you know that Sandra McLeod Humphrey gave us a list of what they each like? We can mingle with them and have their favorites! Look at this.” Mary takes the list from Lyn and scans it.

Culinary Requests from Guests of Honor- Christopher Columbus: boiled salt cod drizzled with good oil from Andalucia with sea biscuits (just scrape off any weevils you may find on the biscuits). Insalata Nizzarda (another name for Nicoise salad) made with anchovies on a base of crudite and hard boiled eggs drizzled with olive oil and topped with onions and basil but no tomatoes. Other favorites were ratatouille, sardines, anchovies either fried or cooked "in carpione" -- a marinade of garlic, wine vinegar, and sage.

Leonardo da Vinci: grilled eel with orange slices, Risi e Bisi, Saffron Risotto with Duck and Mushrooms, and Spinach Soup with Hazelnuts.

Harriet Tubman: Southern cornbread, roasted sweet potatoes, Clara Barton: Bread, cheese, and Rhode Island Greening Apple. Nikola Tesla: Green veggies and mashed potatoes.

Mohandas Ghandi: aloo dum-- an Indian food with potatoes and curry and peas. Albert Einstein: spaghetti and fettuccine.

Amelia Earhart: Cheesecake, roast turkey, roast beef, gourmet breads, roast summer sausage, garlic chicken, Irish cream with blueberry ice cream, and caramel and chocolate peanut brittle.

Rosa Parks: lemon pie and applesauce

Since many of our guests of honor are vegetarians, we will be offering a variety of vegetarian entrees. In Honor of Valentine’s Day, we will also be offering a fountain flowing with chocolate martinis.

 “Wow, that’s a lot of cooking. Thank goodness we didn’t have to do it!” Mary walks up to Patsy and Leonardo Da Vinci, Copernicus, Albert Einstein, and Sandra as she tries to stop the three scholars from arguing.

Leonardo da Vinci
 “You guys are really causing a scene here. I don’t care which one of you came up with what theory first. You all have a wonderful legacy which will always be a part of history.” Sandra urges the three to come to an agreement. The three of them nod at her, nod at Mary, nod at Patsy and nod at Lyn. Then continue to argue.

Albert Einstein

Amelia Earhart
Orville Wright

“I can imagine what will happen when Orville Wright, Amelia Earhart and Neil Armstrong get together and discuss who made the biggest impact on flying!” Lyn exclaims. “Well ladies, lets mingle.” They lock arms and together make a secret wish for Sharon. “Just another Author Roast and Toast!
Neil Armstrong
Which inspiring person from history would you most like to meet?

Imagine this: For centuries everyone has believed that the sun and all the planets revolve around the earth. But by studying the old books and observing the heavens, you have concluded that the earth and all the other planets revolve around the sun. Your theory is so radical that you are hesitant to tell others about it. Your name is Nicolaus Copernicus. Although at first your beliefs are denounced and ridiculed, your observations are eventually proved correct. In time, you come to be called the founding father of modern astronomy.

Or imagine this: It's the early 19th century and women have few legal rights. Married women can't own property, their wages belong to their husbands, and they don't even have the right of guardianship over their children. You know the laws are unfair, but as a young woman yourself, what can you do? Your name is Elizabeth Cady Stanton. You spend your life fighting for women's rights, and later many give you credit for being the architect and founder of the Women's Rights Movement.

Nicolaus Copernicus and Elizabeth Cady Stanton are just two of the twenty-five extraordinary men and women whom you will have a chance to meet in this inspiring book that explores and celebrates people who had the courage to follow their own convictions, even when everyone around them said they were wrong. They were people of vision who saw life from a new perspective and were willing to question conventional wisdom. And their revolutionary breakthroughs changed and shaped the course of history.

Author Sandra McLeod Humphrey invites you to have the courage to stand alone too, hold on to your dreams, and follow your heart wherever it may lead. Like the twenty-five pioneers who lived before you, you too may someday make a difference!

     "You have just read about some extraordinary men and women who made unique contributions which changed and shaped the course of history. They were not afraid to take a risk even when it meant standing alone, and by stepping out and away from the crowd, they changed their world.

     You have seen that one one individual can indeed make a difference!

     My hope is that their lives will inspire you to believe in yourself and to soar to new heights of your own.

     Although all these people stood alone--at least against the beliefs and expectations of their particular society—-I should note that in another sense, no one ever really stands alone. All our lives intertwine to some degree.

     Although Copernicus argued against the commonly held Ptolemaic view of the universe, he still relied heavily on Ptolemy’s work. Galileo “stood on the shoulders” of Copernicus, both Copernicus and Galileo influenced Newton, and Newton influenced Einstein. Thoreau influenced Gandhi, and Gandhi’s
influence was felt by Rosa Parks and the entire Civil Rights Movement in this country. And so on and so on.
We all need role models, so let us choose our role models carefully. And hopefully we, in turn, may become role models for those who follow us.

I want to leave you with a few suggestions to consider which may influence how you live your life:

Live your own life as only you can live it.

Do what you love and love what you do.

Discover your passion and have the courage to follow your heart.

Remember, you, too, can make a difference!"


Sandra McLeod Humphrey

Author Bio:

Sandra McLeod Humphrey is a retired clinical psychologist, a character education consultant, and an award-winning author of eight middle-grade and young adult books.  She’s also the recipient of the National Character Education Center’s Award for Exemplary Leadership in Ethics Education (2000) and the 2005 Helen Keating Ott Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children's Literature. 

You can learn more about her books by visiting her Web site  at www.kidscandoit.com and her blog at www.kidscandoit.com/blog/

To win a copy of Sandra's book, all you have to do is just leave a comment and your e-mail address.
Contest ends tomorrow and everyone who comments is eligible.


  1. Good Morning Sandra and welcome to Author Roast and Toast. I visited a wax museum in Vancouver, BC, when I was younger and I must say it gave me the strangest feeling. But very interesting! Book sounds wonderful. The premise is great and will be on my TBR.

  2. Good morning Sandra, good morning Patsy (hugs her sister hostess)

    We certainly have plenty of variety in our menu today don't we!

    Your book does sound fascinating, Sandra, and very inspirational!

  3. WOW,guys, I am totally impressed! What a gala affair and I really will try to keep Einstein from starting any more arguments, but you know he is! Or maybe you don't!

  4. Wow, that's some menu and some interesting guests.

    I have a copy of your book and it really is great. It is such great inspiration for kids (and adults). Keep up the great work!!!

  5. Well Sandra, I reckon you probably know him as well as anyone! It's fascinating listening to all these amazing people arguing -er conversing- though!

  6. Good Morning Waterwriter, you're so right, I haven't read it yet but Sandra's book certainly sounds like a wonderful inspiration for everyrone!

  7. Thank you Waterwriter, I appreciate your comment. I'm looking for the Wright Brothers, but I don't see them. I hope they're not still trying to build their wind tunnel--they can be so difficult sometimes.

  8. Hi Sandy <3
    I have loved all of your books so far. I read with my kids at night about the choices they can make.
    So..I can not wait to buy your new book. It looks fantabulous!
    And so does that menu. I'm with Clara Barton; cheese and bread all the way (no grilled eel for me. ;))
    Who would I like to meet? Ghandi is a good one! Bob Marley. and...JFK. That would be an interesting dinner, wouldn't it?
    Have a great day today!
    <3 Gilda

  9. Hi Sandra!! I am a huge lover and supporter of your books, and of course you know that is 100% of the reason I am here... it is NOT the food, nope not one little bit!

    Now, I must head back over and talk about your books with Ghandi before he eats all that delish curry! lol!!

    Congrats Sandra on the great write up!!! Your books are amazing, and a wonderful asset to children!!!

  10. I would like to meet Cleopatra (she was at the MT in Vancouver) - without the asp of course!

  11. Thanks so much for stopping by, Gilda, and what a great "mix" that would be--Ghandi, Marley, and JFK!
    And maybe add Einstein to the mix too just to keep everyone entertained! I'm hoping he has his temper under control by now. When he was five, he threw a chair at his tutor who quit on the spot, and he was forever throwing things at his little sister Maja!

  12. Hi Gilda and Gina, thanks so much for coming, I'm so glad you could join Sandra at her virtual booksigning party!

    If you'll excuse me I'm just off to see Neil Armstrong and ask him what the stars look like from space itself (all in the name of research, of course!)

  13. Actually Sandra, who could blame Einstein for having a temper - after all, for him, every day was a 'bad hair' day! LOL

  14. So glad you stopped by, Gina, and I'm glad you're sticking with the curry. I found a few weevils on the sea biscuits--I had no idea that's what they looked like. They pretty much grossed me out, but I know Oliver and his crew are doing their best, so I'm not going to tell him about the weevils. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  15. P.L., I don't think Cleopatra ever went anywhere without her asp--I'm sure it was there somewhere!

  16. You have a point, Hywela, but I still think Einstein could have used some "Anger Management" classes. Not that he would have gone, of course!

  17. Can you imagine Einsteen having 'anger managment classes? I sure pity his poor therapist! :)

  18. No, actually, I can't imagine him in any classes period. He always liked "doing his own thing" and abhorred regimentation of any kind!

  19. Sandra McLeod Humphrey - I have had the opportunity to read your wonderful book. It is a must read. It is informative and inspirational, a feel good book that changes your perspective and makes you want to be better. As I have mentioned before, I have read selected stories to my 51/2 year old grand daughter. Your stories have sparked many wonderful conversations between Ella and myself and provided opportunities to introduce her to positive moral and societal values. Thank you!

  20. Good morning Ahwatukee

    Welcome to the Partu, we're hearing so many lovely and positive things about Sandra's book, it's so good to know youngsters have something like this to inspire them!

  21. Thanks so much for dropping by, Allen, and I'm so glad Ella likes my book. Help yourself to the culinary delights but stay away from the sea biscuits unless you don't mind the weevils that come with them.

  22. Allen (and everyone) what wonderful comments for Sandra's book! We are very pleased she joined us. Back to the food table I go - is any of it wax or is it the real thing? I will just have to take a little taste of every plate.

  23. So Cleopatra had an asp, in her grasp. GASP!
    Who is your favorite was figure?
    I never saw one! These things are eerily creepy!

  24. Sorry to be late to the party, Mary hugs all around, I was almost attacked by a raccoon yesterday! Musta had rabies!!!

  25. Hello, ladies - I see you're having fun with the waxworks, but why have you visited the Chamber of Horrors (or is that only at the London Tussaud's?). Love the idea of Da Vinci, Copernicus and Einstein getting together for a discusssion.
    Sandra, your book sounds fascinating. Think I'd like to meet Joan of Arc - what a girl, leading the French Army when she was only 17, and in the 15th century too!

  26. P.L., I really think you should stay away from the sea biscuits unless you like the little creepy crawlies! And, Mary, I'm so glad you've joined us--everyone's been asking about you!
    Welcome, Paula, and I would love to meet Joan of Arc too--what an amazing woman and so young! I don't want to cast aspersions or anything, but you might want to stay away from Einstein for a while, he's been a little feisty and there are an awful lot of things around here that look potentially "throwable!"

  27. Weevils in the sea biscuits?? Yuk! Thank goodness we have the favorite foods of these amazing people. Who woulda thought there'd be that much to choose from!
    Wonder what Gandhi wants? Does Amelia like fried chicken? Well they have wings ya know!

  28. Hey, quick I need some help. DiVinci and Einstein are in a fist fight. Look the Duke is here too. He looks a little melted.
    I love a book that edumacates me! I need all the edumacation I can get!
    This one is a real family book!

  29. Hi Mary sweetie, hope that raccoon didn't bite you, that's not foam around your mouth is it? Oh, it's lemon cream. That's OK then!

    Paula hello, how lovely to see you here, and thanks so much for tweeting us.

    You know Sandra, I never realised that Einstein was such a grouch - all I said was that I could give him the name of a good hairdresser and he threw a Seabiscuit at me - I wouldn't have minded but it was the wax model of the horse, Seabiscuit!

  30. Ouch he is a grouch. I hear that the Wright brothers are very sweet guys!
    They fly right!

  31. Mary, Ghandi likes aloo dum unless he's fasting and then it's pretty much just bread and water. Amelia likes roast turkey and garlic chicken, so I guess she does like wings--lots of wings! "Edumacation" is good for everyone and you don't have to worry about Einstein. He never uses his fists he only throws things! Hywela, remember, I warned you that Einstein throws things and he does tend to be a tad sensitive about his hair, so be forewarned (although I guess now it's too late to be "forewarned!").

  32. I know, Sandra, I was only trying to be helpful! Good job I'm good at ducking - beware of low flying horses when you're in a wax museum with Einstein! :)

  33. Sandra you are an inspiring person for great and small readers : ) ~ All Ages. They Stood Alone stands above all in showing the future generation to excell and be all they can be! Look forward to reading this great book ~ Best to you this day ~

  34. Hello Martha - thanks so much for joining the party - and I have to agree, 'They Stood Alone' isounds like wonderful way to inspire young and old to try achieve as much as they can and to bethe very best they can be!

  35. Look at the wax figures at the door. They are moving!! HOLY MOLEY, it's a wax revolution. There are movie stars out there and there are a lot of celebrities who are really jealous they weren't on the guest list!. They are breaking down the doors. Run, It's wax Michael Jackson and DiVinci is gonna try to talk sense into him!!!

  36. Oh good luck, Leonardo!

    Oh dear, there is nothing like a 'celebrity' scorned. Amelia, is there any room for me in that plane?

  37. Who turned the lights off? I can't see a thing. Ow! Lyn is that you? Patsy, Sandra, are there any real people here or did I get lost in this place!

  38. Mary, the Wright Brothers are pretty cool most of the time, but just don't mess with their wind tunnel! Thanks for stopping by, Martha, and don't mind Isaac Newton. He never changes his clothes, fastens his shoes, or combs his long hair. He believes in spending his time "more productively." To each his own, I guess!

  39. Mary, is it too late to revise our guest list? We don't want anyone to feel ostracized? I've heard that if they get too irate, their wax can melt and that could be a real mess!

  40. Ouch! Mary, you just elbowed me! Can someone turn the lights on before real havoc breaks out? Anyone know where Einstein is?

  41. Those aren't wax figures, Mary! They're waiters for goodness sakes. Weevil in the sea biscuits...Um I thought sea biscuit was a horse!
    *she looks around* - HELP - I'm in the Chamber of Horrors! Is that my ex-husband?

  42. Get outta there as fast as you can Patsy! The ex room is a part of hell!
    One of the first realms I believe!
    Seabiscuit was named after sea biscuits. At least i imagine so.
    Weevils always got into them. As opposed to uvils I suppose...
    Sorry about the elbow Sandra, I get unnerved in the dark. Oh somebody pinched me! Who did that? Somebody turn on the generator, call the electric company, the wax figures might melt in the heat without the AC!!!

  43. Sandra -- This sounds like a great book. Thanks for inviting me to the Roast and Toast!

    I think I saw in the post a question about who I would want to meet from history. It would probably be John and Abigail Adams. I have been fascinated by them since watching the HBO series.

    Good Luck with your book!

  44. Thanks for dropping by, Eric. I don't know that much about John Adams, but Abigail has always been one of my favorite historical figures!
    Mary, do I have worry about any liability clauses here if there is any "melting?"

  45. Good afternoon Eric, and welcome to Sandra's book party.

    Good choice of inspirational characters, and of great iinterest to writers, because of their letters.

    (Lyn leaps into the saddle of the racehorse Seabiscuit - now he may be an animal but his story is also very inspiring, in its own way!)

  46. Get off the horse Lyn. We'll be sued for sure!
    Well Sandra we'll just hire a cyber lawyer, to clear us of this cyber accident. Patsy! No smoking! Are you crazy, put the fireworks away!!NOOO!

  47. I'm so glad everything is "cyber," so no need to worry about the "cyber" explosion that's about to happen?!

  48. Sandra McLeod Humphrey is the most Passionate person I have ever met in regard to the Character Education and Welfare of all our Kids.

    As a long time friend I give her and her book Five Stars

    We are proud to have her involved in Happy Heartbeats .TV

  49. Hi 'Happy Heartbeats'
    Yes, Sandra's passion certainly shines through, and I can well believe her book deserves five stars!

    Sandra, I couldn't agree more about it being a good thing everything is 'cyber', no matter how crazy things get around here we always manage to get out of it!

  50. Well now that you mention it, the cyber explosion of your book as it takes off is the best blowup ever!
    Now about the explosion at the museum!
    Run! Booommmmm!!!
    Where is the hero when we need one!!!

  51. Thanks for stopping by, Paul, and sharing those Happy Heartbeats!
    Mary, I've been looking all over for your sidekick Nibbie and I can't find him anywhere! Do you think something or someone scared him?

  52. Well I gotta tell you the truth. They banned her from the building. Something about a fight with a wax Lassie, who knew. But, she is watching, she's always watching, whatever I do. She's my bad girl! Okay, I admit we have some serious animal lovers that are a part of this blog. Cuddles is out there keeping Nibby company. And Hampy is hanging on to Cuddles horn and watching too. Too bad about the dog statue. I guess I'll have to pay cyber replacement fees eh?

  53. You're right Mary, those three little varmints are hiding at the bttom of the post, looking all innocent and plotting goodness knows what mischief!

  54. Is that Bouncer joining in, uh oh?

  55. That wouldn't surprise me, Mary, my little Jack Russell follows me like a shadow.

  56. You sure you want him with Nibby? She can be a bad girl you know!
    Well, I must say Sandra you have been an wonderful guest on the A&T and I wish you many, sales. Glad to know you made it out of the explosion. Hoping for that book sales explosion instead!!!Night,everyone. Hope you have a great Friday Nite!

  57. Sandra, you are a wonderful guest. Makes it so much more fun for the hostesses and our guests! Much luck with the book and many sales.

  58. I absolutely agree with my dear sister hostesses, you've been a fantastic guest and we wish you much success with 'They Stood Alone!

    We'll pop back tomorrow in case there are any late comeers, but it's bedtime over here. Night all!

  59. Good Night, everyone, and thanks for the great hospitality! I think I'll move that wax figure of Rin Tin Tin "just in case" Nibby gets any ideas!

  60. Sandra, Thank you for inviting me to your roast. It' my first time to such a fine event, but I plan to return for another one now that I have found this distinguished site. I like the idea of your book. Each person comes to life through the words on the page.

  61. Hey Grandma! It looks like your books are doing great and bringing a lot of inspiration to a lot of different people. Congratulations!

    Jo :)

  62. Hi Dicy and Jo

    Welcome to Sandra's special book party. So nice to see you both, and do come back any Friday.

  63. What a fabulous spread you put on & so welcoming.


  64. Good Morning, Dicy, Thanks so much for stopping by and this is such a great blog! Help yourself to the goodies but be sure to check the sea biscuits before you actually ingest any.
    Hi, Jo, so glad you could make it and welcome, Marybelle, so glad you could join us! Einstein seems to be in a better mood this morning but just stay alert to possible flying missiles. One just never knows with him!

  65. Hi Marybelle

    Welcome to Sandra's party.

    Good Morning Sandra - well I don't know what you said to Einstein, but he does seem in a better mood doesn't he! I'm going to keep a wide berth though, after yesterday.

    Breakfast anyone?

  66. Smart move, Hywela, but you really shouldn't have mentioned his "hair."
    You know how temperamental geniuses can be! You might want to keep an eye on the Wright Brothers, I think they're up to something and I'm pretty sure it's somehow related to their wind tunnel. Once they get an idea, they just never give up!

  67. Love your comment, Sandra. Never give up your dream. You didn't, and the result is obvious. Best of luck with your book! It sounds fantastic.

    Susan Fleet

  68. Don't worry Sandra, I don't intend to go anywhere near Einstein today - not even to offer him a comb!

    Yes those Wright brothers are so clever. They make me a little nervous with their wind tunnel, but you're right, they never give up and neither should anyone - that's actually the mantra of most writers isn't it - never give up!

  69. Hi Susan,

    Welcome to Sandra's party, so glad you could drop in, thanks for coming.

  70. Thanks so much, Susan, and knowing your penchant for following intriguing criminals, you might want to chat with da Vinci about all the dead bodies he dug up while he was perfecting his anatomical research.
    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  71. There is so much here to pour over that I need to return when I have more time to give it justice. I love Sandra's writing, her blog and her children's books, and I find them truly inspirational. Write on Sandra!

  72. Hi Rosy Posy

    Thanks for dropping by. Yes, Sandra has an amazing tallent, hasn't she!

  73. So glad I found you here Sandy. Another educational, inspirational and simply entertaining work from you.

    See you again soon.

  74. Thanks for taking the time to stop by, Rosy, and, Olyn, be sure to sample all the wonderful and unique culinary offerings. If you don't like Leonardo's grilled eel with orange slices, you might like Ghandi's aloo dum or Einstein's fettuccine.

  75. Hi Olyn, thanks so much for stopping by.

    Hmmm it's late afternoon here in the UK. I think I'll sample some of Amelia's turkey, followed by some cheesecake. My tastes are a little -er - conservative. (Not into weevils or eels!:) ) Isn't it interesting to contemplate what these famous figures would eat, something that one doesn't always think about!

  76. Hywela, I've got to tell you that I'm a little disappointed. I envisioned you as someone who would throw caution to the winds and be the first one to explore everything here--especially the sea biscuits with their creepy crawlies, the grilled eel, and the spinach soup with hazel nuts. I'm sure Margaret Bourke-White and Amelia Earhart are sampling everything!

  77. LOL, the thing is Sandra, I don't mind weevils and eels as critters, because I love all critters, great and small. I just don't fancy eating them! :)

  78. What a great post, Sandy! Your menu made me hungry. I had no idea so many of these people were vegetarians. I'm going to point that out the next time someone gives me a hard time for not eating meat!

  79. You have a point, Hywela! We're off to Puppy Playtime at Petco for the next hour and I'll see if there's any edible morsels there we might want to add to our feast. I'll check in again when we get back with or without the edible morsels!

  80. Hi Darcia, thanks for stopping by!

    Hope you have a great time at the puppy playtime - sounds like fun!

  81. Sandra, I see you survived the cyber explosion. And I hear Einstein and DiVinci agreed to disagree. It's really great to see an educational story resonate so much with readers! Great job girl! Let me buy you a drink!

  82. Thanks for stopping by, Darcia! Many of our guests are vegetarians, some more so than others! Leonardo loved animals so much that he not only became a vegetarian, he also bought caged birds at markets just to set them free.

    Hywela, the puppy class was wonderful. There were 8 puppies altogether--all shapes and sizes--and a great time was had by all!

    Mary, I'm so glad Einstein and Leonardo agreed to disagree. I've got to tell you, it has not been easy working with either one of them! I'm more than ready for that drink, I think I'll help myself to another chocolate martini!

  83. Thank you so much for hosting such a gala affair! Everyone had a wonderful time and Olyn Warfield is the winner of the book giveaway, so I'll mail her an autographed copy of my book. Thanks again so much!

  84. Thank you so much for being such a fantastic guest, Sandra, and for introducing us to such interesting and inspiring figures from history, ancient and not so ancient. We've loved hosting you - and congratulations to Olyn.

  85. Oh my gosh I have been missing all the fun today. Have to go back and read all the posts.
    Sue B

  86. *hic, splutter* You mean - *gasp* it's NOT real?! :)

    I agree with Mary, you've been a fantastic guest and we've loved having you. *Waves to Sue* Hi Sue, there's still a little food and drink left, I think!


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