Wednesday program about THE DIRT BOOK

Hi everyone,

When THE DIRT BOOK came out in June, programs at Springfield public libraries were all virtual so we decided to hold off for a while. This Wednesday evening at 7:00 at The Library Center on S. Campbell, we’re finally going to have that program.

I’m excited about the evening’s program. Jordi Raos from the Conservation Nature Center will be there with animals to show the audience. So will Jamie Williams from Dickerson Park Zoo. These will all be animals that use dirt for nesting, hunting, or hiding during at least part of their lives. Most if not all of the creatures also appear in THE DIRT BOOK. The popular folksinger, Judy Domeny, is coming to sing songs inspired by poems in the book.

Following my all-star cast, I’ll talk briefly about THE DIRT BOOK and how/why I wrote it, read two or three poems from it, and answer questions. Copies of the book will be available for purchase in the lobby after the program and I’ll be happy to sign for anyone who wishes. This is a busy time of year with families getting their students back in school so I hope you’ll pass this information along to anyone you know in our area. The more parents and teachers who know about the opportunity, the better. Thank you!

45 poems, 45 days

Hi everyone,

Yesterday when I counted the work days until my deadline in November, I found that there are 45 days (after subtracting time for a river cruise up the Mississippi and a weekend in Kansas City to attend Andrea Boccelli’s performance. 45 poems, 45 days. Seems simple enough. That’s a joke.

My request for some days off next week were denied. Turned out not to be a good time to ask my boss. From now until November 15, if I catch a break here and there, you’ll be the first I tell.

Slowly but surely getting there

Hi everyone,

Another week has flown by. I’m down to the last two poems in the first two quarters of a school year for “the project.” When I finish early next week, I’d like to take a few days off before tackling quarters three and four. That will give me a little time to push forward on a trade book I have in mind. I can’t pull off for long though. This first half has 30 poems in it; the second, 45. I’ll need to review the work-days I can count on between now and November 15 and judge from that.

Next week, on September 1, I’ll have a lot of fun presenting a program at Springfield’s main library, The Library Center, at 7:00 p.m.. To help me talk about THE DIRT BOOK and the importance of dirt, representatives from the Nature Center and Dickerson Park Zoo will bring some live animals to show the kids in the audience. Some of the exhibits are in my book. Additionally, the well-known folk singer Judy Domeny will perform songs based on poems in the book. I can’t wait to hear her.