Summer Life Saving

I hadn't planned on going to my niece's wedding. She was getting married in Orlando last week and had planned a large party/reception for friends and family in Illinois in early July. In honor of her grandparents (my parents) who had been married 65 years, she had decided to get married on their wedding anniversary, … Continue reading Summer Life Saving

Black Diamond Wisdom – Writers Take Note

Yesterday, at 10:59am PST, I despaired. Piles of research lay scattered about my desk, in my backpack, across the kitchen table. Papers I'd been shuttling around since last fall. I was trying to finish a revision of a nonfiction picture book I've been writing since last September, but I felt scattered. And I couldn't figure … Continue reading Black Diamond Wisdom – Writers Take Note

Poems for the Weak of Heart

Boredom Vice and Poverty arrived in my mailbox yesterday. And I mean that literally. It's the title (taken from Voltaire's Candide) of Michael Odom's most recent chapbook. Here's a stunning image from his poem titled "Boredom Poem #9:" "...in the chasm between life and life, philosophies breed and cannot help but swarm like bees with the queen on … Continue reading Poems for the Weak of Heart

Better Than a Grammy

ver·sa·tile (versa-tea-lay) adjective   able to adapt or be adapted to many different functions or activities. "a versatile sewing machine" synonyms: adaptable, flexible, all-around, multifaceted, multitalented, resourceful;More archaic changeable; inconstant. So here I am, the swiss army knife of sewing machines (aka word knitting machines). Laurel Leigh has kindly nominated me for the Versa-tea-lay Blogger Award. And as I said in … Continue reading Better Than a Grammy

Dreaming Big at DreamForce

This week, San Francisco's population increased by about 15% with estimates running into the 130,000+ range. And they're all buzzing around with bright blue conference badges circling their necks. Dreamers here to dream---at DreamForce. But a portion of those folks are not just your everyday profit-based conference attendees.They're "Dreamers" who dare to dream big, representing nonprofits … Continue reading Dreaming Big at DreamForce

Writing, Executive Function, and Deep Breathing

I've written about my son, the reluctant writer, in a few other posts:  Writing as Calculus, Open Mic Fright, Celebrate Illustrators!  And now that he's in 4th grade, the pressure is on to produce even more. So when he came home with an assignment to write a newspaper article, using the "Who, What, Where, When, Why, and … Continue reading Writing, Executive Function, and Deep Breathing

Rainbow Dreams

After Tweeting, I decided that the form was too ephemeral for the hope, the desire, the wish, the dream that this will last forever. So I make it a post that will live on into the ether: The sun shines across our nation today, turning domestic prisons into Rainbow prisms. May it last forever and … Continue reading Rainbow Dreams

Squaw Valley Writers Workshop or Bust!

This just in---the magic 8 ball says: YES!!! I will be attending the Squaw Valley Writers Workshop in Fiction Anybody else out there going, too??? Conference History The Community of Writers was established in 1969 by novelists Blair Fuller and Oakley Hall, who were both residents of the valley. It was originally staffed by a … Continue reading Squaw Valley Writers Workshop or Bust!

One Lovely Blog Award

Thanks to 4amWriter, otherwise known as Limebird Kate, for sending the One Lovely Blog Award my way. Clearly, she has never seen my office, brushed aside the cobwebs, or moved the piles of mail and newspapers off my dining room table so that food can be eaten. When I think of "lovely," I think of … Continue reading One Lovely Blog Award

Carp Fishing and Poetry–Who Knew?

Thank you, Samir of Cecile's Writers, for presenting me with a Liebster Award!  You're one of my favorite bloggers who expands my thinking horizons, and I appreciate it immensely! For readers who always eat their desserts first, page down for the carp fishing video. As part of the award, Samir asked me to answer 11 … Continue reading Carp Fishing and Poetry–Who Knew?