Next Sunday, Elaine and I will be at the annual September meeting of the Western Virginia Land Trust where I will be doing a benefit book signing, donating $2.50 off every book sold to the WVLT. A canoe trip on the James River with me will also be auctioned as part of a fundraiser.
It always makes me nervous to be "auctioned off," as my fear is that no one will bid for my services. Of course, nothing, I would guess, could be worse, auction-wise, than to be a male or female being auctioned off as a date and have no one bid on an evening with you.
Still, I am always relieved when, after the bidding concludes, someone comes up to me and informs that they are the lucky winners of a canoe outing with me. We exchange phone numbers and e-mails and tentatively plan an excursion for the following summer.
The WVLT is an outstanding organization that does wonderful work by saving rural land through conservation easements. Elaine and I have placed 392 acres in Craig County under conservation easements and we are very glad that we have done so.
For more information on the WVLT and the benefits of conservation easements: www.westernvirginialandtrust.org.