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Porch Plenitude: Feeling Good Every Day
by Dickie Anderson
Market Marker, 2004
Hardcover, $10.95 (102 pages)
ISBN: 0-9741042-2-1

Amelia Island's Hat Lady is back with volume three of her "From the Porch" columns. Since the first book, Dickie Anderson has been on several writing adventures, including one to the renown event for columnists -- the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop in Dayton, Ohio.

Porch Plenitude is divided by the path of the Sun -- Sunrise, Mid-Day, and Sunset. The thirty essays express the humor of daily living and observations of living on an island. She grieves the loss of her wilderness island as development in the form of a Super Wal-Mart appears. Dixie tries her hand as a picker while visiting a friend's Georgia farm. Then there are the tender essays of the heart, where she talks of reading to a child, or saying the final goodbye to her father.

Her husband Shelly, better known as "Big Guy," is the star of several. One of the hazards of island living is the wildlife -- especially a rat that used Big Guy's Jeep Cherokee for nesting material. The battle between man and varmint reminded Dickie of the movie "Caddyshack."

Dickie Anderson is a freelance writer and  motivational speaker. Her column "From the Porch" appears in the Fernandina Beach News-Leader. She received a Golden Palm Award from the Florida Writer's Association in 2004 for her second book. Anderson was named Humor Writer of the Month by the University of Dayton Erma Bombeck Writer's Workshop.


Joyce Dixon
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