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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Nick Nixon's Visit Surprises and Delights

Today was an extra special day for members of Coffee and Critique.

Shortly after I got up this morning I received a call from Coffee and Critique co-founder and my best writing buddy, Lou Turner, telling me that Nick Nixon was going to stop by our critique group today for a visit.

Nick is a gifted writer, award-winning songwriter, and chart-topping Country entertainer who has belonged to our group for several years.

Since then, he has entertained and inspired us with his beautifully written, passionate, and humorous essays at our Tuesday morning meetings.

To say Nick has a way with words is an understatement. He also gives thoughtful and spot-on critiques.

Several months ago Nick informed us that he was diagnosed with cancer, so he hasn't been able to attend our group regularly for some time, but we've kept in touch with him through calls and e-mails -- and we've always kept a seat for him at the table.

This morning Nick, his lovely wife Kim, their beautiful daughter Autumn Rose, and Nick's good buddy Nick Berry (in the photo on the left) who is visiting from Ohio,  graced us with a surprise visit.

Nick read an essay about his first paying gig as a Country singer. It was a delight! He also gave comments on stories other writers read.

Before they left, I managed to snap a few photos, and Kim took a couple more of our group members who were present today.

Those in the group shot are (from left): Stan, Janet, Bill S., John, Rebeca, Doyle, Nick B., Lou, Nick, Donna (me), Marcia, and Bill M.

I think these photos capture the joy of the occasion.

Thanks, Nick and family for sharing your time with us.

You are the best!

We hope you'll come back and visit us soon.


BECKY said...

I am SO sorry I missed seeing and talking with fabulous Nick!! Hey, Nick if you're reading this, I hope you've been feeling my happy thoughts for you, Kim, and Autumn Rose!

Marcia G. said...

What a wonderful surprise! And to hear Nick read one of his memoir pieces again was a hope come true. Thx Nick!!

Sioux said...

Nick's presence always makes a gathering extra special. What a wonderful day this must have been.

Lou said...

It was a great day. And last night I found out Nick was so excited about being there, he's apparently working out in order to get stronger and come back. I called his house last night and their friend answered and said Nick went out for a walk. He's one tough trooper, and one talented writer.

K9friend said...

How wonderful it must have been for Nick to gather with his writer peeps! He is definitely a man of many talents.

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Donna Volkenannt said...

I got an email from nick expressing his gratitude and thanks.

Mary Horner said...

Sounds like everyone had a great time. I wish I didn't have to teach on Tuesday mornings!!!!