Wishing you a pleasant, meaningful weekend

Hi everyone,

I’m taking off a couple of days to goo foff. Don’t know what we’ll do yet. Our buddy from Kansas City, Elaine Fry, is in town so it will be good to see her.

Yesterday on Facebook I caught a glimpse of David Harrison Elementary from the air, which gave an excellent view of the size and scope of the building plus the beautiful setting, but it disappeared before I could capture it. I want to track it down for my records and also to show you.

I hope you’ve seen the poem I did for Tim Rasinski’s post for Memorial Day — https://www.facebook.com/timothy.rasinski/posts/10222982685889230?notif_id=1622144539782656&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic_tagged&ref=notif — and the library post — https://thelibrary.org/kids/blogs/article.cfm?aid=6560  about my summer reading workshop next week on the 2nd and 3rd.

Until Monday or so, be well and safe.


Thank you

Hi everyone,

Tim Rasinski asked if I had a Memorial Day poem in my files so he could use it on his post today. I didn’t have one so I wrote a poem for him. You can read it at https://www.facebook.com/timothy.rasinski/posts/10222982685889230?notif_id=1622144539782656&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic_tagged&ref=notif Thank you, Tim.

Why should your child write poetry?

Hi everyone,

Today I’m pleased to see “Why Should Your Child Write Poetry?” a brief post I wrote for The Springfield-Greene County Library District go up on their blog. https://thelibrary.org/kids/blogs/article.cfm?aid=6560 It’s part of a build up for next week’s Summer Reading virtual program. I’m doing sessions on June 2 and 3. I’ve used some of the same techniques in other workshops, with adults as well as children. I’m hoping that some of the parents or older siblings who sign up for the free one next week will also find themselves writing poems along with their littles. I hope to see you there!

Going to see “my” kids!

Hi everyone,

It’s going to be a good day. At 12:00 I’ll participate in a Zoom meeting with editors at Shell Professional Books and my writing partners in a new book to be with Laura Robb and Tim Rasinski. We already have an agreement to write the book but need to address more of the details prior to a contract being drafted and sent our ways in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Missouri to sign. I can’t start my part before I finish work on the current project with Scholastic, but I’m now within a few weeks from completing that one and eager to begin work on something new.

After the noon meeting I’ll just have time to make a 1:00 visit to David Harrison Elementary School! Yes!! First time I’ve been there this school year, and the last day of classes is tomorrow. Whew! I was worried I wouldn’t get to see the kids and teachers this year but this afternoon I’ll be walking with the principal, Shawn DeWitt, up and down the halls, poking my head into classrooms to wave or pause to say hello. It will be so good.

Last evening Sandy and I went out to eat at a restaurant managed by our grandson Tyler Williams, and a lovely young college student (Regan) who served us (beautifully) was not only a former Harrison student, when the school opened in 2009, she was a 3rd grader and helped cut the ribbon to officially mark the occasion. Is that cool or what?