How fun! Meeting new friends and seeing lifelong buddies.

Since The Ribbon of Road Ahead was officially released on March 15, I have spoken to 4 groups and did two impromptu “readings”.

On March 21, I hosted a gathering at Prodigal Son Brew Pub in Pendleton, OR. It was truly fun and a delight to see friends, former co-workers, community members and even the gentleman who hired me for my first “grown-up” job out of college.

March 24th I spoke in Hermiston at my church sponsored by the Catholic Daughters. My relatives Al and Delora Clupny were there along with other former co-workers, community members, church friends and my first “boss” in the first “grown-up” job.
This day, book sales totalled over $1000 AMAZING

On March 31 Charlie and I travelled to my home town of Walla Walla for an event sponsored by Jeannette Barrow. Mary Rose Clupny was present! There were 11 Speech Pathologists, including the next “boss” who I followed in administration, friends from childhood and members of the Parkinson’s Community in attendance.

April 1, in honor of the designation of April as Parkinsons Disease Awareness Month, I addressed my home Parkinson’s Community at our support group meeting. Our special guest was a county commissioner who read a “Proclamation” declaring Parkinsons Awareness Month in Umatilla County.

The impromptu readings? Pendletons First Draft Series and Hermisotn Library Writers group.

Published by Carol Clupny, author Ultreia Books

I am a middle aged woman with Parkinson's Disease. When I was first diagnosed I spent a lot of time researching the disease. Seeing a video of a man in the advanced stages of the disease attempting to get out of his chair and then "freezing" as he tried to walk across the room got me off my butt and moving. Great adventures on the Camino de Santiago and with TEAM Pedaling for Parkinson's across IOWA, as well as the day to day adventures of life have lead me to writing. My first novel, a memoir, will be published early 2019. It is called, you got it THE RIBBON OF ROAD AHEAD. Living with the degenerative neurological disease Parkinson's, ULTREIA is a word that guides me. I have chosen it as the name of my business ULTREIA BOOKS. It comes from Latin and old French and means "unfailing courage". In the old days, pilgrims would call "Ultreïa" to each other as encouragement "Go up, go further!" Nowadays we would say "You can do this thing". It takes courage to live with Parkinson's. May I face each day with unfailing courage.

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