- Janet Pelz
I know you probably thought I had disappeared permanently, but I’m merely taking advantage of the ultimate flex-time – writing when life allows.
I wanted to touch base before my next story, coming soon (-ish), about Kathleen Flenniken, Washington’s Poet Laureate. Wonderful woman, wonderful story, wonderful work.
But first, a couple updates. One happy, exciting; and one quite sad.
Donna Moodie, one of my first profiles, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $75,000 to launch a new product: Miss Marjorie’s Steel Drum Plantains.
I’ve been hearing about Kickstarter campaigns for a while and figured this was a great opportunity to give it a try. I know Donna hopes you will, too. Click on to her Kickstarter site here, and watch the video featuring Donna’s son along with a cameo appearance by Stephanie Ellis Smith, whose story you can also read on How Does She Do It?
Here is a message from Donna:
It takes a village!
It's time to take it up a notch! I am reaching out to you to ask for a little assistance with my Kickstarter Campaign to create a retail version of Miss Marjorie's Steel Drum Plantains (our signature appetizer). If you are unaware of Kickstarter, it's this awesome Crowd Funding Program that allows entrepreneurs (that's me!) to ask their community (that's you!) to support them in an entrepreneurial endeavor (that's bringing the beloved Plantain from my restaurant to your table!). The catch? There isn't one, really. I can only keep the funds if my campaign reaches its goal. And most successful campaigns go somewhat viral (that means friends and colleagues continually reach out to their communities on behalf of the campaign). So I am asking you to take a look at my Campaign, and tell your friends, colleagues and family. It works very much like NPR and current Political Campaigns…no amount is too small! It's not what you give, it's THAT you give. Your support would mean a lot to me! And thanks for jumping on board early!
The next update is certainly of a different tenor.
Melissa Erickson, the former University of Washington and pro basketball player battling ALS, passed away on June 5. I learned of her passing while out of town and was sad not to be able to attend the service, which I pictured as being full of the spirit and joy of Mo. You can read the news here.
Life is on the move. Let me hear what’s moving in your life and who you hope I’ll interview next.
Thanks for hanging in there.