Friday, September 30, 2022

The Gold Watch

                                                                             


This photo is the Tomato Biscuit Gang--a writing group that grew out of a class I taught years ago. I have fond memories of that class--and of many others as well. My life has been greatly enriched by such as these.       

Most of you who read this blog are probably aware that I've been slowly stepping (pretty much the only way I step, these days) away from teaching commitments. There are several reasons--the ongoing pandemic and my grandmotherly responsibilities are part of it. Plus, as I near 80, there just isn't the energy I should be bringing to a class. 

Great Smokies Writing Program has been a constant in my teaching life for almost fifteen years. I've had the privilege of working with a wonderful assortment of writers, and I suspect I've learned as much from them as they have from me.

The new great Smokies Literary Review has an embarrassing amount of print dedicated to me on the occasion of my retirement. See HERE.

But wait, there's more! An INTERVIEW and a lovely bouquet of KIND WORDS from former students and colleagues. Really, those kind words are balm to a teacher's soul. 

Many thanks to all who had a hand in this--and to Tommy Hays who took a chance on an unknown many years ago.

                                                      

10 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

They must have been good times. Enjoy your good memories.

jennyfreckles said...

How wonderful these tributes are and how well-deserved, I feel sure. As will be the chance for a little more rest and recreation in the coming years. It sounds like you have touched many people's lives for the better (including mine, through your blog and books, which I have so enjoyed for years). That's a great achievement to be glad of.

Barbara R. said...

I'm much later a transplant to these beautiful mountains, but have been reading your books ever since I moved here! Sorry not to have had one of your classes, but since my writing is pretty limited, I never considered myself an author. Your kudos are certainly well deserved! Congratulations!!

Sandra Parshall said...

You have inspired others and helped to launch new careers. You've earned your retirement!

Teddy said...

Wonderful accolades for an endearing author. Have loved your books and blogging. Met you decades ago at an author program at my library in Apex. Can attest to your speaking ability to capture a room.

Marcia said...

Those are some wonderful accolades for your writing and your teaching. I've enjoyed 4 of your books so far and I agree with all of what was said. But here's a question: do you have another book in you to write?

Wayfarin' Stranger said...

Well deserved accolades, Vicki. Our warmest regards to you and John.

GPearson said...

I wish I could've participated in one of your classes. You have made a difference in so many lives. Time off well deserved. I hope to meet you some day soon.
Thank you for the countless hours of reading enrichment and enjoyment.

JJM said...

Brava! You deserve every one of those accolades, and then some.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

What a wonderful group and wonderful memories to savor.