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In December, when the Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA) was having its annual expo, Erik sent me an email alert. Even though I couldn’t get there, I was curious.

I don’t think of myself as an author, and I’ve never joined a writing group despite the well-known advice from Anne Lamott. But I guess I’m an honorary author as my oldest grandchild once thought it was the same thing as being an editor. (The magazine I used to edit came to his house, and when he saw my photo in it and John explained that I helped to write the articles, he said, “Is Grandma an author?”)

I know that at least one reader of this blog is a Rhode Island author, Tracy Lee Karner.

According to the Association of Rhode Island Authors website, the December meeting was focused on memoirs.”The Lively Literati returns to The Elephant Room in Cranston’s Pawtuxet Village on Thursday, December 17, with authors Patricia Mitchell, Connie Rose Ciampanelli, and Debbie Kaiman Tillinghast. The authors will be discussing memoir writing and sharing short excerpts from their most recent works. Following the presentation, audience members are invited to share their own short writing or poetry, on any topic, at our open mic.”

Also at the website, you can read about the members and many association activities. Note that the “next regular meeting of the Association of Rhode Island Authors will take place on Thursday, January 14, in the Community Room at the Thundermist Health Center, 186 Providence Street, West Warwick. Informal networking begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. New authors, members and guests are always welcome.”

Photo: Association of Rhode Island Authors
ARIA member Mark Perry, who agreed to a stint as ‘Post’ Mark, the elf who works in Santa’s mail room. He fielded some surprising questions from kids.

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As a child, were you ever into secret communication methods? A couple tin cans on a line between houses? Invisible ink? Goose language?

I was. Which is why this Cranston Library fundraiser appealed to me. You could embed a message in the library branches’ sidewalks. But it would only be visible when wet.

Gregory Smith
 wrote about WaterWalk for the Providence Journal:Library officials are inviting the public to pay $25 for an opportunity to display an image and a pithy message in a now-you-see-it/now-you-don’t manner on walkways. …

“At work is a technique in which library staff members and volunteers will apply a stencil and a superhydrophobic (water-repellent) solution to display the image and message. On a sunny day, the image and message are invisible, but on a rainy day, they become visible.

“The images are expected to last six months to one year and have been demonstrated to last even in the Northeast, where a snow shovel is likely to scrape the surface, according to Katy Dorchies, community engagement manager for the libraries. ..

“The donor is allowed to select one of three images and to compose a personal message of up to 10 characters — a name or a phrase. …

“The three images reflect someone’s love of reading, interest in technology and support for libraries, respectively. …

“The images are scheduled to be in place at the beginning of October.” More here.

Photo: Frieda Squires/The Providence Journal files
Walkways at the Cranston’s central library, seen here, and two branch locations will feature in WaterWalk, a fundraiser.

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