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I Regret to Inform You


There’s more to it. 


Let me start out by saying that I regret to inform you that I am “lifting” this title – okay, I will say it- plagiarizing – from a brilliant essay from Brenda Miller’s book, An Earlier Life. Honestly, this title suits my needs at the moment, and I am giving all due credit to Miller’s creativity. 


To digress for a moment, it is a rare occasion when one writer reads another non-fiction author and immediately is swept into the language and thoughts. So much out there on the shelves is not that well-crafted, and although I am not telling what to read, pay attention to quality, too. 

Miller, on the other hand, is intriguing. Too often as I read her pages I say to myself, “That’s exactly what I am thinking and she got it down on paper first.” I have no doubt that Miller never considered that she was in a race with some little-known author in Western New York.

 What I started to write about originally – sorry for this lengthy explanation – is that for the next month I regret to inform you that my weekly column, AND ONE MORE THING, will be pretty hit-or-miss while I travel. You can find older columns on my website, kathomaswriter.com that will supply you with reading material if you so desire.


 In its place, go to my Travel with Kay Blog, also on my website, and you will find pictures and traveler comments that I will post as I have time and energy at the end of each day along with co-operation from Internet connections. 

I regret to inform you that I will miss late fall in Western New York, Halloween and Election Day (thank you, absentee ballot) among other traditions. 

 “Pumpkin spice coffee, please?” 

“I regret to inform you that we don’t know what you are talking about. American?”