Posts Tagged ‘tornado’

Friends of the Library are friends of mine

October 14, 2009

I went to the Wethersfield Friends of the Library tonight to see Author Judith Ivie speak.  I figured that I should start checking out these engagements since I will be doing such a speaking engagement for the Enfield Friends of the Library next May.  I like to write.  I do not like to speak.  Since I volunteered to do so in May, I wanted to start somewhere.  I sat down in the Community Room at the Wethersfield Library and listened as Judith spoke about the publishing companies today versus how they once were.  She further discussed the Print On Demand (POD) process which most small publishers are gravitating to.  That’s how my publishing company works.  If someone orders a book, then they print a book.  I then raised my hand and made a comment about my small publisher, and she asked the name of my book.  I told her it was “Strapped Into An American Dream” and that she was right about Authors having to do the marketing if they want their book to sell. I told her that I was going to market my book, and I picked it up from the seat next to me and held it up for the room of about 30 people to see, waving it about.  They all got a kick out of that, then the whispering began and people around me leaned over to ask if they could take a look.  After the people around me got a look, while Judith Ivie continued answering questions, the session came to a close.  Then people started coming up to me asking to see it, writing down the title, telling me they saw my story in Wethersfield Life and the Wethersfield Post, and several people told me that they were going to buy it online. This was a very satisfying hour of my time.  I got some ideas for my own speaking engagement, did some marketing, sold some books, and made some friends at the library.  I highly recommend sitting in with Friends of the Library.  I know I will, and not just again in Wethersfield, but in surrounding towns.  What happened tonight can be multiplied by the number of towns I visit.  The Friends of the Library presented a very enjoyable evening, and authors take note.

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A tornado hit my town – Wethersfield, CT

July 2, 2009

A tornado hit my town of Wethersfield, CT during Friday afternoon rush hour on  June 26th, 2009.  It’s always been my fear, but never a reality. I was in Glastonbury stop and shop with my 9 year old son when it hit.  Loud thunder cracked above the roof, which then was inundated with hail.  Lighting blasted the ground and the rain and hail got bigger and faster.  Customers ran to the front of the store to look outside as the windspeed dramatically increased. I kept grabbing my son and backing up, aware of what can accompany hail.  The tornado was just a town away at the time…my town.  We lost power for 2 days.  Six houses were condemned.  Two houses about a mile away from my own were sliced in half by enoumous trees.  The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado, and a Federal Disaster team was brought in.  Four days later,  a severe thunderstorm included black skies and fast moving clouds.  The winds bursted out of nowhere as the rain slammed the ground and the trees swayed.  Not again.  I eyed the closets and tried to figure what room would be best in my one story ranch.  No room would be best.  I had no basement.  I only had fear that another tornado was consuming me as four-day-old thoughts of the first one reeked havok on my mind.  The tornado tally is still at one, but the other night I was a little gun shy.

 

National Weather Service Report On Wethersfield Tornado

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>> Wethersfield Tornado Pictures

By HILDA MUNOZ

The Hartford Courant June 29 2009

The tornado that tore through Wethersfield Friday afternoon lasted three minutes and traveled 1.7 miles, according to a report released Sunday by the National Weather Service.

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