Sunday was my fourth time as an author at the Linn Creek Arts Festival in Marshalltown. It was hands down the best experience I have had so far! Even considering the rain, it was an off-the-charts experience. I mean, I was lucky enough to be assigned a brand new, out-of-the-box tent, so I not only kept dry, but during the rain the tent brought in more people than the best carnival barker on a good day. And by day's end, I think I had visited with nearly everyone Joan or I had ever met during our 30-plus years in Marshalltown. And I should also mention the food and music, both served up in ample, Iowa-sized portions. But the best part, by far, was spending the day at the same table with Rekha Basu.