As a writer, I’m used to sitting alone in my office, isolated from my surroundings as I try to string words and ideas together to tell a story. But I also love telling those stories to people face to face. Kids in particular inspire me with their curiosity and their excitement. There’s nothing like the energy level in a room full of fifth graders trying to fathom the motivation of a 43-year-old woman who decided to plunge over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
Over the years, I’ve spoken at scores of schools, libraries, colleges, and conferences. I’ve given keynote addresses at sports team dinners and participated in panels on cable TV. I usually speak about sports, or women’s history, or writing, but I can tailor my presentations to your needs.
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In 2001, I got to ride in the Annie Oakley Days parade in Greenville, Ohio, with Bess Edwards (right), Annie's grandniece.
In 2010, I had a great time comparing the lives of Nellie Bly and Annie Oakley for Joy Scally's second grade class at the Nishuane School in Montclair, New Jersey.