A beautiful reminder of why we do what we do

Hi everyone,

My thanks to recent Facebook friend, Jane Barnes, who lives in Somerset, England and teaches music. She ordered two of my books as a gift for her 4-year-old niece, Alicia. When she presented the package, even though there were other conversations going on around her, Alicia focused on what was important to her at the moment — new story books. Here’s the result. https://photos.app.goo.gl/Bi6JjRa7F33mV3oR8

Jane, thank you so much for the gift of watching your charming niece’s response. She is a perfect reminder of what we do and why we do it.


Hi everyone,

Yesterday’s mail included a royalty statement from Dramatic Publishing, the publisher of Sandra Fenichel Asher (Sandy Asher)’s play, SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEOWORK, whose characters were inspired by my poetry. The play was first produced by Good Company Theatre for All Ages at the Vandivort Center Theatre in Springfield, Missouri, April 11-14, 2002, directed by Maxine Whittaker. Since then it has been produced numerous times, including at least once abroad, and I’m delighted each time.

According to this latest summary of activity, SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK was produced on May 18, 2019 at the University of South Carolina Upstate and on May 27, 2019 by Westbridge Children’s Theatre. I’m proud and happy that this play is still so active seventeen years after it’s 2002 debut.

This is a one-act play that features a class of 4th grade students. There’s a new kid, a missing cat, a school bus, and plenty of action to keep young audiences entertained. Sandy chose poems from my various published (and unpublished) work at the time and I was wonderfully surprised that she found enough characters to populate her highly entertaining play. It’s sort of like a musical except when actors open their mouths, instead of singing, they perform my poetry. Yes!

For more information about how to bring the play to a school or other kid friendly venue near you, contact Dramatic Publishing, 311 Washington St., Woodstock, IL 60098. Telephone: 800-448-7469. Sandy can also provide more insight into the play so you can contact her too.

I’m back!

Hi everyone,

I’m back! After several days of frustration about being blocked from my own blog, I learned I had been logged out and all I had to do was log back in. Why, when, and how did the gremlins log me out? That’s their secret. But thanks to my web master Kathy Temean for figuring out the problem and getting me back in the game and ready to post.

By now you already know that I’m into celebrating my 50th year as a published children’s author. Thanks again to Jennifer Moore who interviewed me on KSMU Radio. I posted the link to that one on Facebook.https://www.ksmu.org/post/childrens-author-david-harrison-recalls-rejection-triumphs-his-50-year-writing-career?fbclid=IwAR0l3MrUnpxlVsVAngmti22_5XSPB9sOW0hN78kVsD8qwhKd1RDpvqMYzt8#stream/0

And after that I was featured on the blog of Christal Rice Cooper. I also posted that link on Facebook but if you missed it in the confusion, here it is again. https://chrisricecooper.blogspot.com/2019/08/120-backstory-of-poem-horse-fly-grade.html

Other nice things are in the works and I’m grateful for each of them. If you grow weary of hearing about my celebration, forgive me. It won’t happen again for another half century so please bear with me.

Thank you from my heart to yours

Hi everyone,

When I announced that I’m celebrating my 50th year as a published children’s author, I wasn’t prepared for all the wonderful comments from so many friends and book fans.

I spent much of yesterday reading all your remarks and was warmed by each one of them. Thank you for making me feel special and loved. Today is another work day, but I promise you I’m more eager than ever to get started.

Bug song

Hi everyone,

Here’s how on online resource describes the leafhopper: “Many species of leafhoppers exist in home gardens throughout North America. Both adults and nymphs feed by puncturing the undersides of leaves and sucking out plant juices. Their toxic saliva causes spotting (white specks), yellowing, leaf curling, stunting and distortion of plants. They are also responsible for transmitting the organisms causing virus diseases in plants. Common host plants include beans, corn, lettuce, beets, potato, grapes, roses and many others.”
This is what a leafhopper looks like:

And here is a more fanciful contemplation of this well camouflaged little pest:

Song of the Leafhopper

Now you see me,
now you don’t,
hiding here in plain sight.
Come too close I’ll take flight.
Think you’ll catch me?
You won’t.
I’m too quick
for clumsy you.
I’ll have my way with sweet plant.
Think you’ll stop me?
You can’t.
This is what
I’m built to do.