Never Trust an Easter Lion – #SpringFlingKidlit

It's time for the Spring Fling Kidlit Contest!  Rules: Stories should be for kids ages, 12 or under use a GIF to inspire your story use no more than 150 words (mine is exactly that) no illustration notes How could I resist this GIF from giphy.com???? NEVER TRUST AN EA(S)TER LION By Jilanne Hoffmann   … Continue reading Never Trust an Easter Lion – #SpringFlingKidlit

Cricket in the Thicket – Perfect Picture Book Friday

This week's addition to Susanna Leonard Hill's Perfect Picture Book Fridays comes to us from the heart of bug country, the Great Plains. What do you think of when you think of Kansas? Well, that's what I used to think until I spent the week with Carol Murray at Highlights Summer Camp last July. When not … Continue reading Cricket in the Thicket – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Spring Night (After Wang Wei via Robert Okaji)

Well, it seems I've been inspired by one of my favorite poets, Robert Okaji. Spring Night (after Wang Wei via Robert Okaji)   Dogwood petals sigh in spirals, blessing my recline. Spring darkness rests on hollow muted hills while moonlight strikes the owls awake, their hoots slipstreaming through ravines.   Unlike Robert, I named the … Continue reading Spring Night (After Wang Wei via Robert Okaji)

Stupid Human Tricks

What do a cemetery and a heart attack have in common? Not what you might think. So there I was, home for spring break in the Midwest and taking a little side trip to place some cheery flowers at my parents' grave. The grounds were drab with only a hint of the green that is … Continue reading Stupid Human Tricks