It was an exciting evening – one I could not ever have imagined two years earlier when I began in earnest to put “Tales From The Bench’ into existence! I had actually published a book, it was done! And my family and friends came out to celebrate its release at one of my favorite places in Honolulu – Soul de Cuba restaurant. Jesus Puerto created a great pau hana party pupu menu of cubano sandwiches, empanadas and, of course, MOJITOS, as we celebrated this grand moment. My Pacific Raven Press publisher, Dr. Kathryn Takara helped to host the event and my brilliant editor, Dr. Allison Francis, served as MC. My son, Richard, was the official photographer while my daughter, Sharon, and good friends Susan McCarthy and Ella Donald handled the $$ – Hubby,Hank greeted the guests. My youngest daughter, Vera, joined us via Skype. It was a magnificent evening and the start of a new chapter in my life….