This week I'm celebrating authors. Earlier this month, I was able to go hear Junot Diaz speak. He spoke some hard truths and challenged the status quo. He challenged us too. He had us laughing, thinking, and questioning. I had to drive a little over two hours to get to the evening presentation. It started snowing at the end of the presentation which meant I didn't get home until 12:30. I wasn't quite as happy the next morning at work when I was yawning, but it was totally worth the loss of sleep.
This weekend we were also able to go see another author. We drove about 2 1/2 hours this time, but planned to spend the night and have fun in Minneapolis for the weekend. We were able to see Sherman Alexie. He's another person who inspires much laughter along with reflection. He is also just as likely to have an uncensored conversation. He said, "I got rich on metaphors...and the ability to be inappropriate in any venue." I have rarely laughed so hard and so long. I had tears flowing multiple times from laughter.