Hi Adventure Philanthropists,
I have a lot to be thankful for this year, not only because I accomplished a huge personal goal (publishing my book), but also because I have my health back and have been able to share my recent success with a close-knit group of family and friends. Thank you!
NPR Interview: Part of the fun around the formal launch of the book this week was my first live interview in front of a studio audience. I was interview by host Sedge Thomson for his show West Coast Live, a variety show that is broadcast to more than 40 NPR stations across the country.
You can hear the interview (I come on about 44 minutes into the 2-hour program) by clicking on the West Coast Live link.
How to Buy the Book: The book is also selling like hotcakes, helped by my *sold out* launch at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club, with more than 250 in attendance! Here’s how to get your copy:
Featured Review: My friend Thomas Ehrlich, author of Civic Work, Civic Lessons: Two Generations Reflect on Public Service and former director of AmeriCorps wrote this lovely review on Amazon:
Great stories, great adventures, and great philanthropy for those in need around the world
“This is an amazing book by an extraordinary philanthropist. She manages to grab your interest as she navigates her way around the globe--on every continent and on the seas in between--as she volunteers to help those in need through local organizations. In the course of her travels she learns much about the world and about herself. She has a remarkable ability to tell a great story and in the process make you, as reader, want to engage in the kinds of civic work for vulnerable people that punctuated her world-wide adventures. She shows through the power of her prose how each of us can be both an adventurer and a philanthropist--making a difference in the lives of others.”
And now for the articles this week:
This year to celebrate Thanksgiving I joined some Rotarians in serving Thanksgiving lunch to the young adults at the San Francisco ARC: the Association of Retarded Children. My afternoon there reminded me of the simple joys in life and that is something truly to be thankful for…
Favorite: Kayak Camping – Extreme Living
While in New Zealand’s South Island, I embarked on a 3-day fiord kayaking trip on Doubtful Sound in Fiordland National Park. There were just 4 of us, 3 crazy adventurers and our 21-year-old guide Tara. Out in the middle of nowhere. In the middle of heavy storms. 3 days. Now, originally I thought this would be one great adventure – and it was. Of the extreme kind – moments of pure joy and pure misery…
Photo of the Week: The Taj Mahal, Agra, India
The Taj Mahal was built in 1653 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife. A mausoleum, the Taj is made mostly of white marble and combines architectural elements from Persian, Turkish, and Indian traditions. I admit, I cried when I saw it for the first time -- that's how stunningly beautiful it is!
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Thanks as always for your letters and support – especially around the book launch! Special thanks to Kasia in Sydney for reaching out me with some great ideas on speaking venues in that city. Any ideas on where I should go in your hometown? Write me at Erin@GoErinGo.com and I’ll answer!
See you on the road,