What was your moment?
October 2, 2019

I have an MBA. Nope, not an advanced degree in business. It’s a Minnesota Book Award.

It’s been more than thirteen years and I still can’t get over it. The book had been such a family affair. Darrell had helped so much with the research and writing -- it would not have happened without him -- and Katie had made my whole life by being so excited about the party. She’d even offered to have her big birthday present that year be the fancy dress. Can you imagine?

“They” say awards don’t matter, and I was one of them. Until I won one. I still don’t think awards matter that much and I bask in having this one. It’s the kind of thing that will probably be included in my obituary, so I guess it matters to someone.

Maybe you remember the retired astronaut Jack Nicholson played in Terms of Endearment. He looked back fondly on being in space, where the only sound he heard was his heart beating. That was his moment: “The one that doesn’t go away.”

Being asked to take the stage for having written something worth reading was mine.