Nominated for a Maggie Award

I don’t know what a Maggie Award is exactly but I got an email from the good folks at Mothering magazine, where I work as a contributing editor, and apparently they have been nominated for two Maggies.

One for an editorial, “Case Closed: Breast is Best,” by Peggy O’Mara, and one for my article, “The Vaccine Debate.”

The category for “The Vaccine Debate” is “Best Public Service Series or Article/Trade & Consumer.”

The email that was forwarded specifies that:

“The Western Publishing Association will hold it’s [sic--oops guys, aren't we in publishing?] 59th Annual Maggie Awards Banquet Friday evening, May 7, in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Gateway Hotel at Los Angeles International Airport, 6101 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, California.”

I spent over six months researching, interviewing, and writing that article.

But the best award, really, is that so many readers have written to thank me for it, to ask me follow-up questions, or to say that they appreciate having their unorthodox views articulated in a fair way.

See you at the Maggies, maybe?

I doubt I can swing another trip (my 4-month-old and I will be traveling to Chicago to give a keynote speech at Rock Valley College, NYC to meet with editors, accept an ASJA award, and moderate a panel on travel writing, and to Boulder to research an article about the coolest hospital ever.)

But maybe L.A. is in my future too?!

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