RWA: Fly By Video

Barbara Vey -- July 15th, 2009
Margie Lawson, me, Nancy Naigle

Tuesday was the big day for my Fly By Video.  Thanks to Margie Lawson who volunteered me to Brenda Novak’s Diabetes Auction as a prize.  We took the lucky winner, Nancy Niagle, flying in Margie’s husband Tom’s experimental 4 seater and I got to fly the plane.  We went to Cambridge, MA, grabbed a soda and flew back.  I did great flying the plane for about 10 seconds, but when we started seeing the ground to close for my comfort, I let Tom take over.  On the way back, during landing, it got kind of bumpy and yes, I tossed my cookies.  Quite embarrassing, but everyone pretended not to notice.  What the Fly By Video below.

Here’s today’s write up of the Kiss of Death tour by Adrienne Giordano

Today’s Kiss of Death (KOD) pre-conference tour gave seventy-five of us a wonderful look into the United States Department of State.   We spent close to three hours within the State Department building where we were briefed on the department mission and functions, the overseas citizen’s services and the U.S. counterterrorism efforts.  After hearing about diplomatic immunity, embassy lockdowns and warden messages, the Deputy Director for Programs and Policy gave us a snippet of her experience as the Consulate General in Saudi Arabia.  These were fascinating people sharing memories of stressful situations, yet they all seem to love their work.  I took comfort knowing the poised, educated and caring people we met today are part of the team representing our country to the world.  Plus, the knowledge I gained will help with future manuscripts and that’s always a bonus.

At night I attended the KOD dinner where Roxanne St. Claire was the speaker.  She dispelled myths about writing like, "Writers sit around all day eating chocolate and drinking wine."  Roxanne insists there’s an RWA approved diet that includes soda, Pringles and Swedish fish (because everyone knows fish is good for you).  As a gift, she was given a beach towel with the drawing of a dead body.  Quite appropriate.

Now, here’s the video for your entertainment.

Bottom Line:  You haven’t seen a tree until you’ve seen its shadow from the sky.  ~Amelia Earhart

37 thoughts on “RWA: Fly By Video


    So much fun and so beautiful! Not only the flight and the scenery … but the company too. For those of you at the conference this week … you’ll have to ask us for the story about Ted – -our pink limo driver. ;) Hugs Barbara! Nancy

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    OMG!!! I have to get a ride in that pink limo!!! I wonder if anyone at Mary Kay in Dallas knows about it! :) Awesome video Barbara!! Now you know another skill you can check off your list of things to try!! Way to go!!

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    Thank you Barbara for the sensational video & the wonderful quote from Amelia Earhart! I so look forward to reading your daily blog–it makes my day! Thank you again!

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