I was at BizzyB's store yesterday using up my store credit when she walked in from the airport. I recognized her immediately, but I had no idea she was so energetic and funny... Donna Downey. She's here for a few days' teaching, and by the time I left the store, I knew her students would be having a huge lot of fun. We talked, laughed a lot (Donna is really a funny woman), exchanged words in German that we had both learned in our respective sojourns in Germany, but when it came to her Italian mother's language, well, let's just say I offered to be her interpreter in Tuscany.
Interesting tidbit: Donna collects dress form rubber stamps. She saw them right away, and put four in her shopping basket. "I collect them," she said. "I don't use them. I just have them for decor."
I really like her new book. I may even buy one!