Anomaly Vineyards

A Berkeley, California transplant's view of becoming an Accidental Vintner.

Just "A Regular Guy"

This blog is not winery-related, unless you can count the fact that my friend, Laura Shumaker, loves Anomaly Cabernet! So in that sense, it is winery-related!

I met Laura two years ago in the Wednesday Women's Writing Group. We meet each Wednesday in Rockridge and talk about writing, share what we have written, and sometimes we even write! When I first met Laura, we hit it off as if we had known each other all our lives - some friendships are meant to be, and this was one of those rare ones. She had just finished writing a draft memoir of her family's life with their eldest son, Matthew, who has autism.

Autism has been in the news so much lately, that it feels like the "fad" disorder of this decade. The reality of living with a child who has autism is nothing like reading about it in the news, all technical and statistical.

Laura captures the life of Matthew and the life of their family as a result of Matthew's autism with such humor, clarity and personal grace that when she first share the draft with me, I couldn't stop reading it. I read it in one sitting. The true test, however, was Steve. He's not much of a reader and I can't think of a book that has ever kept him glued to the table reading. This one did.

So without going on and on, I just wanted to share with you Laura's successful completion of A REGULAR GUY which just appeared in bookstores this week. If you are interested in getting a copy, you can find it locally in the Napa Valley at River Books in St. Helena, Copperfields in both Napa and Calistoga, many Bay Area bookstores, as well as and

Thank you for your time in reading this blog. Chantico.

A Regular Guy


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