Here’s a link to an interview and book giveaway posted by Kathy Temean, the creator of my blog and website. It was kind of Kathy and I appreciate her support of my book, NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T. https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2016/09/20/book-giveaway-david-harrison .
When she was copying and pasting, a description of another of my books, A PERFECT HOME FOR A FAMILY, got plopped into the mix, but I like that book too.
If you’d like to have a chance to win a free copy of NOW YOU SEE THEM, Kathy gives you some ways to do it.
When Whiz-Kid Kathy Temean designed my website and blog in 2009, we worked until both sites met our expectations. We’ve made some adjustments along the way but it has been a while now since we stood back to take a look to see how well they fit today’s reality based on six years of experience. Nothing major, just a snip here and a tuck there ought to do it I think.
For example, I NEVER think to keep my schedule current so I think I might drop that little box and maybe replace it with the background information I just finished compiling. Anyone interested in reading some of that would find it a handy reference.
I’m sure I need to drop or rewrite my letter to principals about the Word of the Month Poetry Challenge section for students. I’m sad that teachers everywhere seem overwhelmed these days and few can carve out the time to work with their kids on writing poetry. We used to get dozens of student poems and now we get none most months and a handful in others from stalwarts like Ken Slesarik. I’m not sure what to tell principals but most of them are former teachers themselves so they understand the problem and are sympathetic to it. I keep hoping that the educational pendulum has reached its amplitude and as its velocity slows there will be more time to add in some of the important elements it lost during its initial rush toward change. Kids need time to read, time to write, time to become familiar with and passionate about the power of our language.
Okay, where was I? Oh. So I’ve asked Kathy to look over the current format and content of my blog. Many of you know my blog about as well as I do so I would be remiss if I didn’t ask for your input.
I’m going to leave this up for a couple of day. I think it’s important.
My thanks to Dr. Tom Peters, Dean of Library Services, Missouri State University Libraries, in Springfield, Missouri, for coming to our home in September to interview me for the university’s oral history collection called Ozark Voices. The interview is now available to anyone with an interest. Full disclosure: this one lasts 70 minutes so bring your own popcorn. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xeTZtApDgg&list=PLyugBRJhQ4EwftBGQOCn2HDmPk2-9cAMd
I haven’t asked for a while but if you haven’t signed the guest book on my website, I hope you’ll consider it. I’ve been blogging so long I almost forget I even have a website — and people who follow the blog may forget about it, too, but it’s a nice one, thanks to Kathy Temean who created it. She’s also the one who said I needed a guest book.
For a while a lot of visitors signed the book but I keep forgetting to ask, remind, or outright beg. Make Kathy happy. Sign the book. Thank you!
Kathy Temean, if you are reading this, I’m dedicating today’s post to you for getting this thing started in October 2009. I didn’t want to do it and I still fuss about it now and then but I’ve met a lot of good people this way and must admit that blogging has its rewards.
One change I’ve noticed over the past (almost) five years is that I get fewer comments posted on the blog and more posted on the Facebook copy from the post. Then there’s that thing about “like” that makes it easy to click and keep moving. All responses are appreciated, of course, but the ones that mean the most are those when someone takes a moment to type a comment to share a thought.
Today I’ll finish updating my vitae to include in a presentation proposal for IRA in St. Louis next year. This chore would be easier if I would keep it current. Instead, I put off hateful jobs like this until it becomes a last minute task.
Thanks for the fun PICNIC poems that have been shared so far. It’s going to be a good month!
Kathy Temean, who created my blog and website, has illustrated a new book that’s just out. http://www.amazon.com/Yogis-Team-Tina-Doughtery-Overman/dp/1612962610/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380338699&sr=1-1&keywords=tina+overman . It’s a handsome book about Yogi Berra and is written by Tina Doughtery Overman. If you like baseball or just want to know more about the legendary Yankee catcher, this is the book for you.
I’m hustling to get ready for Honesdale.