Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Magic of a Signature Giveaway

One of my favorite characters from a novel is Mr. Jensen in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. He doesn't have a big part, but his role has made a lasting impression on me. He was the janitor in protagonist Francie's school. He taught the students to be compassionate by his own actions and to exhibit good character, about “good citizenship and about a good world where everyone did the best he could for the common good of all” (p. 175). When he signs the student's autograph books, he does not briskly and sloppily make a mark, but he signs it with purpose and precision. This in itself is a lesson, that even the simplest things can be worthy of great care.

I've watched several artists sign their creations over the past few months. I've noticed that when they autograph their work, a sense of pride and reflection appears on their face—like their a piece of their soul is being scrolled on the page. When they hand their product over, most smile and express their gratitude because you've taken the time to appreciate their efforts. For me, it's like their work comes alive with a dash of the pen.

Garth Stien signing his novel,The Art of Racing in the Rain
Schenectady Public Library
As Pat Riley says, "Each Warrior wants to leave the mark of his will, his signature, on important acts he touches. This is not the voice of ego but of the human spirit, rising up and declaring that it has something to contribute to the solution of the hardest problems, no matter how vexing."

I think a signature is so special I'm offering a giveaway of signed art I've collected. Don't worry about me. I made sure to get two copies—one for you and one for me!
Here are the items I'm giving away to one lucky winner. Signed copies of:
The Art of Racing in the Rain a novel by Garth Stein
The Poe Shadow  a novel by Matthew Pearl
Under an Indigo Sky a CD by guitarist, Laurence Juber
The Adirondacks a book of photos by photographer, Carl Heilman
Tai Chi Cookies by baker, Linda Kinlon, at Bake for You (She'll sign the box!)
Head on over to my Facebook Page and click "like" on the giveaway post and your entered. Check back on May 6 to see if you're the lucky winner.  Facebook Address:  
Have a great week and make sure your signature reflects your true character!





  1. Tweeted and Shared! Hope you are having a great week! Hugs!

  2. Dear Peggy,
    I have shared your post on Google. I really love it the way it's written - and one day I hope I will be able to feel this particular pride myself!
    Well done!