Tonight’s cloth is in the talented and delightful hands of Nora Darling and Luiza Guimaraes. I first met Nora in October 2005 when she, along with her mother, Wendy and her sister, Diane, was in The Twilight Theatre’s inaugural production of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Sound of Music. Just had the good fortune to meet Luiza, a foreign exchange student from Brazil, tonight when I dropped by for a late and not-nearly-long-enough-but-is-there-ever-really-enough-time visit with Wendy . . . who happens to be flying to LA tomorrow to be in the audience for Dancing with the Stars. Yes, really.

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(Wendy, remember what I told you: create a scene to attract the camera’s attention then wave to me.)


She is my developmentally disabled sister-in-law, Nancy,
and I am Jeanne, the woman who flat-out loves her.
Go here to start at the beginning.


  1. Lyz

    i’ve never thought about it that way.. but that makes perfect sense, if you want people to respond to you (and who doesn’t love to see a comment on their posting) make it simple.. make it so they can post and leave.. no BS.. thank you fairy goddess mama! you rock!

  2. Sally G.

    Oh the fraught-filled pressure tick tock!! I use too many words. Mostly in my blog posts – but sometimes in my comments too. Simplicity is something I pay lip-service to as I pour all the words I know onto a page.

    My comment stream’s a dream though! Thank you …

  3. Christine Bougie

    Great advice for the Reverb10 participants. I’ve tried to comment on a few posts, only to find I don’t have the right “i.d.” to do so. Frustrating!
    Thanks for sharing/RTing so many great #reverb10 posts. Too many to sift through!

  4. angelakelsey

    Great advice, Jeanne, when there’s still plenty of time for everyone to use it. Thanks for this and the constant #reverb10 support. xo

  5. liz

    thank you fairy godmother, you convinced me to start using a site that allowed comments, so now I’m learning wordpress, but learning is a very good thing. you are so amazing & i love you.

  6. Jennifer

    I have to say, of the many delights in finding Reverb 10 this year, discovering your blog ranks among the grandest.

  7. Alana

    YOU are the BEST. I love you.

  8. Stereo.*

    This is absolutely fantastic. Brilliant advice that I certainly will be taking. I do hope people take on board the advice about comments; no bigger deterrent than having to jump through hoops to leave feedback or encouragement.

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