Hi everyone,

Since I spent my blog yesterday on business, I decided to treat you today with a picture of our new mystical indoor swimming pool. Like Shangri-La, it only appears at certain times so I’m delighted to have captured one of its rare appearances for you.


A nice recommendation

Hi everyone,

I hope you won’t mind today’s post. It’s purely promotional. The original idea for having a blog was to promote my work in one fashion or another. Get more gigs. Sell more books. I’m basically a soft sell guy but now and then when a new book comes out or something nice happens I take advantage of this space to talk about it.

I did a school visit last month in Kirksville, Missouri and received this note from Robyn Pasa, the librarian. I don’t do as many school visits as I used to, but I like to visit a few schools each year to stay in front of kids. If you know of anyone who might find this recommendation useful, I hope you’ll be kind enough to pass it on. Otherwise, pour another cup of coffee and skip to someone else’s blog today. Thanks.

April 27, 2018

To Whom It May Concern:

Kirksville Primary School hosted David L. Harrison as a guest author as part of our Fine Arts Program on April 16, 2018. I recommend him as a visiting author to your school.

April 16, 2018 was a jam-packed day of laughter, listening, reading, writing, and sharing. Mr. Harrison did a marvelous job of keeping our 560 Kindergarten through Second graders engaged and encouraged as authors themselves.

David told stories, shared some of his poetry, along with where he finds his ideas and what he does with them as a writer in the introductory session. He then met with each grade level, two sessions each, and gave them an ‘assignment’ to work on for the last session of the day ‘Student Sharing’.

Our students were up for the challenge and felt validated by Mr. Harrison’s instructions and feedback, as each grade had several readers of poems, narratives and offered sound effects to help tell a story.

Mr. Harrison is articulate, humorous, and very knowledgeable in the craft of writing, as an author and educator of educators. David is very timely in his responses, clear in what he could offer our school, and what he needed in return from us to ensure a successful day for everyone. My administrator and faculty had high praise for David Harrison and the day we shared with him. I feel you will enjoy and appreciate the time you spend in his company.

Robyn Pasa

Concert by Robert and Cindy Leger

ANNOUNCEMENT: Sandy and I loved all the good wishes and comments yesterday as we celebrated our anniversary. Our heartfelt thanks to one and all.

Hi everyone,

Many of you will remember when Robert Leger managed the editorial page for News-Leader. He and Cindy moved away some time ago but they have ties here and come back for special occasions.

One such event will take place Friday, June 8, at 7:00pm when the Legers will present a musical concert in Historic Washington Avenue Baptist Church.

Robert and Cindy are gifted musicians and they’re about to release their first album. Here’s a link that tells you more.
I hope to be there and renew old times for a bit. If you can go, too, I hope you’ll consider it.

My thanks to Robert for alerting me about this upcoming event.

Happy anniversary to us

Hi everyone,

I would tell you how many years we’ve now been married but my M.O.W. would beat me up again. Suffice it to say we met in high school and got married when she was still in college.

We’re beginning to get the hang of this relationship. We have one card that says, “I accept your apology,” which on occasion gets handed to the offended party.

I remember one night when she was upset and took her pillow to the living room, I took my pillow to the living room too. I figured if we were going to be mad, we might as well be mad in the same room. Everything worked out just fine.

What does one get for a mate at this point? We have plenty of stuff. What we love is time shared. I made reservations at a nice restaurant for this evening, early enough that we can take in a movie. That’s a rare treat these days. And I can easily imagine a late night toast on the patio beside Goose Lake. Whatever else it is by day, it’s a romantic spot by night.

Happy anniversary, Sandy. Thank you for saying yes. I love you.

Listening to the pitter patter

    Hi everyone,

    Sunday afternoon as we finished planting some geraniums we felt the first sprinkles of rain. The sky had been warning us to hurry and thunder claps added exclamatory remarks.

    Jennifer Murvin, on the panel the other day we talked about prompts. This one works well for me.

    We poured something over ice and took chairs just outside our door where we were protected from the rain and sat there enjoying the thunderstorm until it eventually passed on by. There’s something about the sound of falling rain, even when the drops are hitting the water in our pool. Ahhh.