Summer blog party this Friday!

Hi everyone,

This Friday, June 9, I’m having my fourth virtual blog party. If it goes like the first three, we should have hundreds of visits and comments throughout the day as people check in to see who’s here, greet old friends, and ask or answer questions. I don’t claim this as my idea. It was originally suggested by Joy Acey and Matt Forrest. Here’s the link to the first party, which, by the way, lasted three days!
https://davidlharrison.wordpress.com/2015/06/19/see-you-at-the-grill .

I hope you will mark Friday on your calendar and plan to drop by my blog anytime during the day and return as often as you wish to keep up with the festivities. To let everyone know you’ve arrived, click on the little balloon in the upper right corner of the post, scroll to the bottom of the list, and post your comment.

Here is more information about Joy, who first came into my life at my 2011 Poetry Workshop in Honesdale, and Matt, who arrived in 2013.

Joy Acey is a childrens poet published in the Poetry Friday anthologies compiled by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. Her poems have also appeared in Highlight’s High Five and Pockets magazine. She lives on Kauai with wild chickens and lots of rainbows. She loves adventure and to travel. She has over 2,000 poems and many writing exercises for children on her blog http://www.poetryforkidsjoy.blogspot.com


Matt Forrest Esenwine’s children’s poetry can be found in numerous anthologies including Kenn Nesbitt’s One Minute Till Bedtime (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016), J. Patrick Lewis’ The National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2015), and Lee Bennett Hopkins’ School People (Boyd’s Mills Press, 2018), as well as ‘Highlights for Kids’ magazine. Matt’s debut picture books, Flashlight Night (Boyd’s Mills Press), and Don’t Ask a Dinosaur (Pow! Kids Books), are scheduled for Sept. 2017 and Spring 2018 releases, respectively.

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It’s party time!

Welcome to my blog party!

DAY TWO: It never fails. One day is never enough. If you’ve been here, come back. If you didn’t make it yesterday, here’s your chance. It’s going to be another great day!

Hi everyone,
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It’s party time! The original virtual party in June 2015 came at the encouragement of poets Joy Acey and Matt Forrest. I held it in our back yard here at Goose Lake. We partied on for three days!
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Later in the year another friend, Sara Johnson, Director of Educational Marketing at Shell Education, suggested that I throw a holiday party. That happened last year on December 17 and we had another great turnout. Ditto the third party in June of this year. And now, at the nudging of teacher Susan Hutchens, here we are with our fourth celebration.
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Welcome to all. If you have jackets, toss them on the bed down the hall. Make yourselves at home. We have plenty of chairs and places to perch. You can also sit on the floor or the hearth. The carpet’s newish and the candles won’t burn you so move them aside.
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The kitchen is through the dining room. The counter is marble so heat won’t hurt it. You don’t need to bring anything but I suppose some holiday tidbits or perhaps a drop or two of something festive would be appreciated by all.
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Thank you for taking time to be here and share in the pleasure of one another’s company. Most of us talk back and forth all year but we’re rarely all together at one time. I don’t know who will show up today but if you have a specific question for anyone in particular, I’ll do my best to get it to him or her. Some of you may be meeting for the first time. If you have something you’d like to mention, such as an exciting activity, an award, your 2017 aspirations, or a new book coming out, let us know. By the way, there’s nothing wrong with bragging on your kids/grandkids or sharing a poem if you’re brave enough to stand up and present it. This IS a party after all!

So come early, drink deep from the cup of friendship, and stay as long as you like. Spread the word far and wide. Tell your friends and tell them to tell their friends. Let’s do it!

David

Don’t forget this Friday, June 10

Hi everyone,

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Sandy and I ate by the lake last night and reminded ourselves that this Friday, June 10, is my virtual party here at this same spot. I DO hope you all plan to attend and will tell others to join us too!

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A friend recently recommended CREATIVE POWER, THE EDUCATION OF YOUTH IN THE CREATIVE ARTS, by Hughes Mearns, first published in 1929 and republished in 1958 by Dover Publications. The language feels dated today but his philosophy and approach to teaching kids to think and express themselves is timely in many ways. For example, this passage, which I take the liberty to quote to make a point. Mearns died more than half a century ago. “The general approval goes to the imitators. We set up models for everything. . . .The demand for one form of standardization is supplied by the publication of millions of copies of books of etiquette. A few of these, of course, have a higher purpose than to supply the proper phrase for all occasions of living, but, in the main, their great sales represent the universal hunger to conform, to annihilate one’s individuality of thinking and feeling. Perhaps the greatest humiliation, this side of criminal conviction, comes of a knowledge of having failed in social conformity.”

Mearns must have been a provocative figure in his day. It isn’t hard to imagine why his students loved him and produced creative work that few others could imagine they possessed. As writers we can draw lessons of our own from these words. To conform to the norm or speak in our own voice is a tough issue. I’ll talk more about this point at the workshop.

Of parties and workshops

Hi everyone,

Some reminders.

On the 10th of this month, which is one week from tomorrow, I’m holding a virtual party so I hope you are planning to be there. This is my third such party and we always have a fine time. Dozens of people will attend so it’s a good opportunity to greet old friends and meet someone you’ve wanted to talk to. It’s a lively crowd with folks coming and going all day, sometimes into the second day, and I’m kept busy greeting new arrivals and introducing them around. The setting will be in my back yard around the pool and overlooking Goose Lake. I hope some of the resident creatures show up, too, so you can see for yourself why I keep going on about them. All you have to do to attend is click on the comment balloon on my post that day and leave your note(s). There will be hundreds of them. You can come early and keep checking back all day to see what’s happening.

Also, the folks at Highlights Workshops just sent out a reminder about my upcoming poetry workshop. Sorry I can’t duplicate their artwork but here’s the message. We still have people signing up to attend so if you’re thinking about it, here’s a nudger. There’s more at http://tinyurl.com/poetspublish

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BLOG PARTY! BLOG PARTY! BLOG PARTY!

BULLETIN: WE’RE HAVING A VIRTUAL HOLIDAY PARTY AT MY HOUSE TODAY. SPREAD THE WORD. THE MORE THE MERRIER. READ ON!

Hi everyone,

DAY TWO AND GOING STRONG. TOO MANY REFRESHMENTS LEFT OVER. TOO MANY GUESTS WHO HAD VIRTUAL FLIGHT DELAYS. TOO MANY REASONS TO KEEP THIS PARTY GOING TODAY. SO HERE WE GO!

Back in June, thanks to encouragement from Joy Acey and Matt Forrest, I threw a virtual party in our back yard here at Goose Lake. Here’s a link to remind you of the event. https://davidlharrison.wordpress.com/2015/06/19/see-you-at-the-grill . We partied on for three days.

Now another friend, Sara Johnson, Content Director at Shell Education, suggests that it might be time for a holiday party, this time indoors. I don’t know if we can last three days again, considering how busy folks get this time of year, but we’ll start today, hope for a great turnout, and see how it goes. I think we have enough chairs and conversation groupings.20151215_121907_resized You can also sit on the floor or the hearth. The carpet’s new and the candles won’t burn you so move them aside.20151216_120949_resized
You don’t need to bring anything but if you have a favorite recipe to share, that would be lovely. Well okay, I suppose some holiday tidbits or perhaps a drop or two of something festive would be appreciated by all, so let your conscience be your guide. By the way, there’s nothing wrong with bragging on your kids/grandkids or sharing a poem if you’re brave enough to stand up and present it. This IS a party after all!20151215_122018_resized

And not to go all syrupy on you but I feel blessed to be surrounded by friends and family today and want to say so. Thank you. Thank you for taking time to be here and share in the pleasure of one another’s company. Most of us talk back and forth all year but we’re almost never all together at one time. Is this nice or what!
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That’s it. I don’t know who will show up today but if you have a specific question for anyone in particular, I’ll do my best to get it to him or her.

So come early, drink deep from the cup of friendship, and stay as long as you like. Spread the word far and wide. Tell your friends and tell them to tell their friends. Let’s party!

David