Books by Lorie Ann Grover

Books by Lorie Ann Grover
Kirkus Starred Review, Firstborn: "A fantasy that reads like a lost history tome and deftly examines issues of gender...An engrossing story with welcome depths."

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Dear Starbucks: Gold Star Marketing

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In a world seeking light in the midst of lies, corruption, famine, and natural disaster, this pales, but I'm taking a sec to note it. This recent email is not helpful. In the least, it is not socially responsible marketing:



Since you didn't collect 300 stars in 12 months, you're at the green level again and your star count has been set to zero. 

You say I am no longer a Gold Star Member. You label me Green. I will buy coffee when I choose to buy coffee. This only makes me not want to buy coffee at Starbucks. I reject your label. I wish I had noticed this when you designated me Gold.

Yes, I wrote a book with the former President of Starbucks, Howard Behar, titled The Magic Cup. But I'll see you when I'd like to. Apparently, you can't see the gold star stuck to my forehead. I put it there, and you don't get to take it away. My status hasn't changed.

Roll your eyes, but rethink this marketing message. 

Lorie Ann Grover
#wordsmatter #Starbucks

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Dry Eye: Solutions, Part Seven, True Tear

I tried a device called True Tear, that I wanted to share. It relies on neurostimulation. Essentially, it fits up your noise, zaps the nerve at the top of your nasal cavity which in turn makes your eyes tear.

It doesn't hurt, but it may be a tad uncomfortable. Side effects can be headache and nosebleeds. The cost for me was $1,200 with $100 new tips needed each month. Neither is covered by insurance. The aim is to replace the use of artificial tears. 

I'm returning the device within thirty days of purchase for a full refund as I didn't find my eyes were able to tear with Sjogren's and my past cancer treatment. Other people are having success though. Here are more details. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Dry Eyes: Part Six, TearCare

So, I had a new procedure added to the effort. In living with lupus, Sjogrens, and RA, I tried out TearCare by Sight Sciences for dry eye. This was similar to LipiFlow, but I found faster results. 

After the sticky tabs heated, the doctor then used little metal tongs with flat ends to squeeze my oil glands. It was uncomfortable, at times painful, but the result was worth it. As a test subject, I wasn't charged, but the procedure may end up being about $1,000 or so. I expect for it to be repeated as needed.

I recommend this. Specialty Eyecare can help you out. Onward!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Top Shelf: A Higher Loyalty

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership Cover

Feed my soul. I walk instep with James Comey. Here was a man caught in a web doing the best he could. Yes, I was furious with him before the election, but I understand. (Why does no one hold Anthony Weiner responsible?) Well done, Mr. Comey.

"The higher loyalty is to lasting values, most important the truth."

"We are experiencing a dangerous time in our country, with a political environment where basic facts are disputed, fundamental truth is questioned, lying is normalized, and unethical behavior is ignored, excused, or rewarded."

"They must ask themselves to what, or to who, they hold a higher loyalty: to partisan interests or to the pillars of democracy? Their silence is complicity--it is a choice--and somewhere deep down they must know that."

by James Comey
Flatiron Books, 2018

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Publishers Weekly: Rights Report, Wonderful Me

Celia Lee at Scholastic/Cartwheel has bought world rights to Lorie Ann Grover's self-empowerment board book series, Wonderful Me, illustrated by Cocoretto. The series begins with two books, I Love All of Me and I Know I Can. Publication is scheduled for 2019; the author represented herself, and Emily Coggins at Astound represented the illustrators.

Publishers Weekly

Woohoo! :) 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Dry Eyes: Solutions, Part Five, Amniotic Membrane Bandage, Prokera

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AMNIOTIC MEMBRANES! In my eye! For $3,500, for one eye, I'm wearing this bandage ring for a week. (My insurance pays 80%) The membranes, harvested from generous women who have C-sections, are reducing my inflammation. It's not possible to see through the lens, especially as it clouds over time, so I am wearing a patch. The ring is uncomfortable.

The brand I am using is Prokera. The insertion and removal (I was checked midway) is simple. The contact is about the size of a quarter. If feasible, the other eye may be treated or this one repeated.

I've received several messages from folks seeking help for their eyes. Maybe this option will be useful to another, as well. I'll update when results are in.

Note: my treatment is for Sjogren's and Lupus, dry eye.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Open Letter to the Seattle Art Museum, #MeToo

#AndrewWyeth #SeattleArtMuseum #SAM

I took my mother-in-law and mother to the Seattle Art Museum yesterday to celebrate the work of Andrew Wyeth. I had always admired his dedication to realism when so few artists were creating in a similar manner. I appreciated the haunting stories within his paintings.

As always, the Seattle Art Museum has created a beautiful, honest exhibit, this time showcasing Andrew Wyeth's life work. The accompanying literature was informative and intriguing.

What I hadn't realized is that I had formerly missed Andrew's reveal of his nude paintings of thirteen year old Siri. I had missed his acknowledgement of his affair with Helga and his representations of her while he was married to Betsy. So, as I toured the exhibition, noting the intense detail, the mastery, and repeated images of death, I found myself before paintings of a nude thirteen year old girl. And then, as the museum calls them, I viewed the "erotic paintings" of Andrew's mistress. Trying to take everything in and process, I heard a nearby teen girl say, "Well, at least she was of age."

In our day, in the midst of the #MeToo revolution, should we be staring at paintings of a thirteen year old girl, painted by a man who described himself as "a secretive bastard," according to Time magazine. Yes, an adult Siri Erickson seemingly gave her consent then and now, as the article states:

"Siri, now 32 and the mother of two girls, recalls no embarrassment or awe about posing nude for Wyeth when she was 13. 'He would get totally involved in his work. It was as if you were a tree,' she says. 'He's a normal, everyday person. He does paint good, but he's just Andy.'"

But as I sat and watched the public look at the paintings, as man after man studied the images, I had to ask: how did a man, whose body of work was not known for nude imagery, suddenly find himself painting a naked girl? If a thirteen year old agrees to be photographed nude today, is that not still illegal? Can we say the paintings of Helga are "erotic" and the images of Siri are not? 

Yes, this exhibit is a retrospect of Andrew Wyeth's work, but would it be better to leave empty spaces where the nude, underage Siri paintings now hang? Why are we not applying the same #MeToo standards to art? This is not a prudish question. This is not a call for censorship. This is about honoring a teen girl. There is a reason Andrew kept the imagery a secret until Siri came of age. What gave him the right to look until then? 

Seattle Art Museum, this is a thirteen year old girl.  What are we saying by looking and saying nothing?

Lorie Ann Grover, author, 2017