Today’s the day!

Hi everyone,

Today is officially the publication date for A PLACE TO START A FAMILY. I’m excited! It has been up on Amazon for weeks but of course with no books available the rating is waaaaaay back in the pack. My hope is that there are enough back orders to give us a respectable rating once books can be shipped.

Here’s the link to purchase and/or leave your review. https://www.amazon.com/Place-Start-Family-Poems-Creatures/dp/1580897487/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1516058561&sr=8-1&keywords=a+place+to+start+a+family

As I’ve mentioned, one month from today on February 16 I will draw a name from among those who have left reviews and send the winner an autographed copy.

I hope you like it. Wish us luck!

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School visit this week

Hi everyone,

On Tuesday I’ll have the pleasure of visiting a Springfield school to talk to 1st grade classes. They are studying about writers and it turns out I’m one. The challenge will be to find concrete explanations to fit their world of experience. If anyone wants to share a thought or quote, I’ll work them into my time with the kids.

Maybe I should start a list. The reason why I love being a writer is ____. The kids might like that and their teachers can make copies for their work folders to keep and remember.

Found art

Hi everyone,

Be on the lookout this time of year for found art created by nature. Here’s one I spotted yesterday when barren tree limbs and a patio table were reflected on the skim of ice on my pool cover.
Sometimes these wintry scenes become prompts for poetry or even the beginning of a story setting. It’s always good exercise.

A real photographer would have stood out there in 11 degrees for a better picture. I’m just a poet so I make up what I can’t see.

Here and abroad

Hi everyone,

I had a fine time yesterday on Larry Freund’s Talk Radio show, which was co-hosted by David Eslick. Left to right in the photo are David, Larry and me. Larry, thanks again for the opportunity to present and discuss my new book with Mary Jo Fresch, 7 KEYS TO RESEARCH FOR WRITING SUCCESS.

On another front I received a note from a student in France who has read “It’s Me” in her classroom. She isn’t the first one but I’ll relate hers.

“Hello, I’m one of the 12th grade students of Miss Plessis. I just wanted to say that is a great and funny anecdote ! Also “It’s Me”, fit much more with the “Marilyn Diptych” of Andy Warhol than the “cow”.
It is also a very original poem! We read it out loud in class with several people (one person did a sentence and an other did the next sentence), and it was a very fun moment to give a voice to your poem!
Goodbye ! ”

Some of you might remember this poem. I wrote it for Jan Greenberg’s book of poetry inspired by art called HEART TO HEART. It has been picked up in various other publications, including ART AND ARTISTS (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets). It was inspired by an Andy Warhol painting of cows but when we couldn’t obtain the use of the painting I switched to Marilyn Monroe because we could get that.