It was some party

Hi everyone,
Our daughter Robin Williams and son Jeff Harrison threw us the best anniversary party ever yesterday on our patio. We’ve never had a party just for us before and it was fantastic. We were surrounded by family, friends, and neighbors, the weather was perfect, and every detail was attended to beautifully. We’ll never be able to thank our “kids” enough for what they did for us.
Special thanks to our son-in-law Tim Williams for preparing the best brisket for the best sliders in the history of the world and to good friend and neighbor Linda Goodman for her contributions of ideas, labor, and food. Background music for the afternoon was provided by gifted artist Bob Ranney. It was some party.

Book signing today

Hi everyone,

I’ll be signing AND THE BULLFROGS SING today at Barnes & Noble from 11:00 – 1:00. Come by if you’re out and about.

I’ll also be signing all the copies that were pre-ordered and pre-paid by parents at David Harrison Elementary and McBride Elementary. They can pick up their copies today and any that remain at the store will be delivered to the schools on Monday.

Have a good weekend. I hope you don’t get stormed on where you live.

And the bullfrogs sang!

Hi everyone,

I woke up this morning still smiling about yesterday. I loved being with the kids at David Harrison and McBride Elementary schools and to top off the day with a party at The Library Center made the day perfect.

Judy Domeny was wonderful singing and entertaining us with “Frog Went a-Courting,” Jaime from Dickerson Park Zoo brought out a Fire-bellied Toad, an African Clawed Frog, and kept everyone engrossed in what she had to tell them, nearly thirty children entered the frog hopping contest, I read my new book, and we snacked on Pond Scum Punch and Buggy-Wuggy Cookies.

But the stars of the evening were the “Croakers” from Harrison Elementary who, under the direction of Amy Fetzer, performed perfectly my 4-voice poem, “Chorus of Four Frogs.”

Thanks to everyone who came and/or participated. It was a full room and we had to set up more chairs. Once again I am greatly indebted to the Springfield-Greene County Public Library District for providing such outstanding facilities for events like the one last night. Kathleen O’Dell (Public Relations Director) and Nancee Dahms-Stinson (Youth Services Coordinator) put in their regular work day and then spent the whole evening making everything work smoothly, from setting up to making punch to recording the Frog Chorus Singers. I’m always in awe of how hard they and the rest of the staff work to serve their many publics.

Even though the books won’t arrive at Barnes & Noble until tomorrow, I signed book plates last night and will be at the book store from 11:00-1:00 on Saturday to sign books. All in all, a great way to celebrate AND THE FROGS SING.

You are invited to a frog party so hop to it

Hi everyone,

This coming Tuesday, May 14, is publication day for AND THE BULLFROGS SING. I’ll visit two schools that afternoon, David Harrison Elementary and McBride Elementary, and that evening I’ll present a program at The Library Center in Springfield.

The program starts at 6:30 with well known folk singer/guitarist Judy Domeny singing froggy songs. Friends from Dickerson Park Zoo are coming on next to display and talk about the Fire-Bellied Toad
and African Clawed Frog.

Next on the program will be singers from David Harrison Elementary singing/performing one of my poems: “Chorus of Four Frogs.”

While we admire the artwork posted on the walls of young frog artists we’ll hold a hopping contest to see if we have a champion in the audience.

I’ll wind up the evening by reading the new book and answering questions.

Refreshments will served, a specialty of any frog host: buggy-wuggy cookies and swamp water punch.

I’ll plan to sign books from 6:00 – 6:30 and again following the program.

If you live in the area or know someone who does, I hope you’ll consider coming and spreading the word to others. We’ll be in the auditorium at The Library Center on South Campbell. The room holds 170 so plan to arrive early to enjoy the sounds of frogs playing in the background while you wait.