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Save the Date!
Mac and Irene Trilogy and I will be at a Fall book signing event at The Chicago Writers Association tent of the Printers Row Lit Fest on September 11, 12:30-3:00 2021. The Illinois Women’s Press Association will host a Printers Row Lit Fest author-signing for the Mac and Irene Trilogy all weekend: September 11 and 12th.
Please stop by and say Hi!

Here’s what the Mac and Irene Trilogy author, Margot McMahon,
was excited about this June:
June updates from Mac and Irene’s Grandchildren and Dan Burke
Margot's daughter, Irene Burke celebrated in June of 2021 her 2020 University of Chicago Harris School graduation in person!
Her son, Brendan Burke is presenting his research on cybersecurity from his work as a Senior Analyst at Pitchbook.
Daughter, Aubrey Burke is leading art workshops for students  this summer after teaching K-8 art at Alphonsus Academy and Center for the Arts.
Margot’s niece, Nora Taplin-Kaguru has a new book for preorder:
Dan Burke, her husband, celebrated eight years as Midwest Director of Multifamily Affordable Housing at HUD this June.

Read an excerpt from If Trees Could Talk, the second book in the Mac and Irene Trilogy, that is coming this summer!
     “That’s my chair!” was called out from behind as we watched the black and white skinny panther who solved the mystery for a missing diamond. Rows of wicker chairs diagonally filled the linen closet room. Cupboards lined the walls with shelves and drawers of sheets and pillows, towels and plastic baskets. The chair before me blocked half the small screen, the chair behind scratched the wooden floor while Jacques Clouseau inspected a door handle. 
     “No one was here when I came.” 
     “I called ‘Saved!’” Two windows reverberated the shouts in the small room. Nine seats barely fit. Jacques Clouseau’s mystery was solved and the diamond was replaced in the museum. Mr. Maggoo and his suitcase scuttled into the small TV screen. I walked out, down the wide creaky front stairs and reached up to open the heavy front door. The door closed. 
     Rustling leaves, bird songs and darting colors filled the air. Forsythia and tulips lined the stucco walls with early smells of spring. A bright orange bird flickered down from the oak, darted into the woods. I ran after it. It disappeared in the bright green canopy. Beneath the branches were yellow trumpets and white pointed flowers carpeting beneath the brush. Layers of plants and colors. Darting birds, mosquitos, and spiders were everywhere. A web glistened with dew. A spider scurried. I walked further down the middle path and saw green cones bent over with lined vertically striped leaves. Surrounded by flashes of color on all sides, I called “Saved.” No one argued in the front woods. 

Other June News from Author Margot McMahon


Take a virtual tour of Margot’s studio  

Read “How Artists are Incorporating Sustainability Into Their Work,” an article that showcases Margot’s paintings of coral


Welcome to the Southern Ocean that became our fifth ocean on June 8!

This year National Geographic recognized on World Ocean’s Day the Southern Ocean as the fifth ocean (along with Arctic, Indian, Atlantic and Pacific). Three oceans spiral east, which began 34 million years ago when Antarctic separated from South America, into the deep and very cold Southern Ocean. Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) transports more water than any other ocean current with colder and less salty water. Colder water sinks with carbon being captured and stored yet is warming in our Anthropocene era. The Southern Ocean determines United States weather from West Coast droughts to Midwest floods and East Coast blizzards. This is not the first time the Southern Ocean has been noted. In 1937, IHO, International Hydrographic Organization identified the Southern Ocean. NOAA acknowledged the ocean in 1999, now National Geographic is changing its maps!

How the ripple effect of a glassy Micronesian atoll
raises Lake Michigan waters

Over a fortnight in 2017, I bonded with Micronesian phantasmagoric coral gardens while kayaking over glassy, body temperature water before fleeing through miles of the largest typhoon on earth. The behemoth, Typhoon Lan, brewed with strengthening spirals over placid snorkeling reefs of a kaleidoscope of coral reefs bursting with shimmering fish, sharks, golden jellyfish, and manta rays. With my best friend from first grade, from our deep-rooted Midwest nature-loving childhood, we attached easily to this marine nirvana as we paddled into our sixth decade. We share a love of trekking, sailing, riding, canoeing while adhering to wild places. Pat and I snorkeled in atoll coves where plugs of restored coral flourished, baby giant clams were planted, Crown of Thorns was speared, and our gunwales were filled with floating plastic. Little did we know a storm was building miles away that would wreak havoc on this paradise. -Margot McMahon

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