Other guests at the party

    Hi everyone,

    Last night we ate out by the lake. The air was cool so we took advantage of the fire pit. As we enjoyed our meal, we noticed that several small insects were attracted by the flames, mostly little moths that flew around the fire or landed nearby, including on us. When we finished and I stood to turn off the fire pit for the evening, I discovered this mantis perched on the adjoining table two feet from the flames. I don’t know if it was attracted by the fire or by the opportunity to grab a free snack. One never knows who is sharing the feast around Goose Lake.

Down to the last day

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Tomorrow morning at 8:00, movers will haul off to storage what’s left of Gamble’s — inventory, fixtures, furniture. We’ll spend today in the office, playing the game of what to keep, what to toss. Thirty-four years of records takes up a lot of room. It won’t be a happy experience, but it’s a necessary one.

Son Jeff is flying in tonight to spend a few days helping us get organized so we can find what we need in all the storage boxes and debate the pros and cons of having a garage sale one of these day. If we do, it will be a first for us. Wish us luck!

Starting tomorrow, I’ll reduce my schedule to seven hours a day and reduce the number of blog posts by quite a bit. Lots of changes going on around here!

Checking them off

Hi everyone,

Finish the desert story (3rd telling): check
Send the story to my agent, Karen Grencik: check
Deal with a rejection: check
Review and tweak galleys for a 2019 release: check
Start word of the month poem: check

So far so good. Let’s do it today!

A glimpse inside David Harrison Elementary School

Hi everyone,

When son Jeff Harrison was home, he went with me to David Harrison Elementary School when I was interviewed there for a Facebook show called Mom Monday.

We were located in the library, which is located straight ahead when you walk in the front door. I love it! Emily Wood (KY3) met me there to tape for an accompanying newscast the same day.

Jeff takes more and far better pictures than I do so I was doubly happy to have him along.

I read for a while to a group of 4th graders and realized that I’ve seen many of them every year since they started at Harrison as kindergartners. I’ve never missed going to the school at least once per year. Harrison goes to grade four so these students are graduating this spring.

The $10 million school is built on seventy acres. I didn’t go into classrooms this trip but I love the times when I have a chance to step into each room for a brief visit and say something to the teachers and kids.
It’s hard to imagine that David Harrison Elementary School will soon be celebrating its 10th anniversary! You better believe I plan to be there for that one!

Celebrating Poetry Month

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    Taken at spring 2018 photo day. February 6-7, 2018. Kevin White/Missouri State University

    This morning Missouri State University poet and English professor Marcus Cafagna and I will appear on KSMU Radio, broadcast from the MSU campus. The program, which starts at 10:00, is Arts News with host Randy Stewart. I’m not sure when we’ll be on but I think it’s fairly close to the top of the show.

    KSMU (91.1 FM) is a listener supported radio station broadcasting a Public Radio format. During our ten minute segment, Marcus and I will discuss briefly why poetry is important and we’ll each read one or two of our poems. If you’d like to tune in, I hope you will.

    Marcus and I did a similar though longer show on KSMU a few years ago and I look forward to being with him again. He is coordinator of MSU’s creative writing program and both writes and researches poetry.