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Taking a break from photographing bugs, I and Ruth went to our friend Jennifer Tucker's book signing event yesterday afternoon.

Jenny was signing her splendid volume of poetry, Heartbeats of New Orleans and a good number of friends and relations turned up to enjoy the hospitality of the Platinum Soul Cafe and Books in Belleville, Illinois.

Melva made us a couple of delicious lattes for us to drink while we chit-chatted and enjoyed the ambience of this newly-opened coffee house that should, if there is any justice, thrive. We even bought a copy of the book – how about that?

(Jenny is seen above with Damian, who drove all the way from Minnesota. Not the only long distance traveler, Jim drove from Vermont! I was most impressed.)