For the 3,519th time…

Hi everyone,

Today is my 3,519th post on this blog spot that Kathy Temean created for me in 2009. Bill Johnson at Highlight and others had urged me to get a website so I looked around for designers. The first note I sent to friends for recommendations was Ralph Fletcher. He, Ruth Culham, Rebecca Dotlich, Eileen Spinelli, and others gave me names and tips, and I eventually wound up going with Kathy. When Kathy completed my website, she said I needed a blog. I fought against it, lost, and here I sit, 3,519 posts later, saying for the 3,519th time, “Hi everyone.”

Today I look forward to a Zoom meeting with Kathleen O’Dell (Public Relations Director) and Stephanie Smallwood (acting Director of Children’s Services) at Springfield-Greene County Public Libraries to discuss what I’d like to do for a summer reading project with the district. I hope to do one or more videos providing tips about reading and writing poetry for the summer reading program. Perhaps I can use the videos for other programs elsewhere. I’m eager for the visit.

Yesterday, thanks to the expert direction of Marjorie Bicknell, Philadelphia Regional Rep for Dramatists Guild of America, Sandy Asher and I presenting our reading of JESSE AND GRACE. It was the first time a children’s work has been presented in the Footlights series. We drew a record number of registrations, for which we were grateful. For those of you who watched the performance, thank you! The event was recorded so before long we’ll be able to share it with teachers, librarians, and others who might be interested. More about that soon.

It’s really going to happen

Hi everyone,

My blog can’t post the picture that goes with this Dramatists Guild of America announcement but here’s the body of the text. I’m very proud of this and look forward to the reading with Sandy Asher on February 9. You can watch it free but you have to register. (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/philadelphia-online-dg-footlightstm-tickets-137693377599?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=esfb&utm-source=fb&utm-term=listing&fbclid=IwAR19bMURDddlz1-bwdHF5R7wOJ2nnyVDT4aXMLklP26SN2hbWAeyBXGyRro)

PHILADELPHIA ONLINE: DG Footlights™
by Dramatists Guild of America

Event Information
An online reading of JESSE AND GRACE: A BEST FRIENDS STORY by Sandy Asher and David Harrison as part of Philadelphia’s DG Footlights™.
About this Event
Philadelphia’s DG Footlights™ on Zoom continues with Jesse and Grace: A Best Friends Story by Sandy Asher and David Harrison.

Jesse and Grace have been best friends forever. It’s never mattered that Jesse is a boy and Grace is a girl. They’ve always understood each other, protected each other, comforted each other, and shared their jokes, toys, dreams, and love of poetry and basketball. But now they’re in 4th grade and about to celebrate their 10th birthdays. When Grace writes a birthday poem and gives it to Jesse at school, their classmates begin a routine of nonstop teasing: “Jesse’s got a girlfriend! Gracie’s got a boyfriend!” Denial only makes things worse. Hurt and confused, Jesse crumples up the poem and throws it away. Now it’s Grace’s turn to be hurt and confused. Before long, the two have stopped speaking to each other. Each goes in search of a new best friend and soon finds that no one else fills the bill quite as perfectly. Try as they might to avoid each other, they’re in the same class, and all eyes are upon them. Unable to avoid each other—or the teasing—and secretly longing to forgive and forget, Jesse and Grace finally discover that “A best friend is the best kind of friend of all.”

DG Footlights™ is a program, created and moderated by the Dramatists Guild, that connects dramatists with free space in which to hold a public reading of a new work that is currently in development. This initiative operates on a space-grant model: a representative from the Guild will arrange for a venue to donate space during allocated dates and times, and will ensure that the space is available for dramatists to use to present a self-produced reading to the public, with an optional feedback session following the reading. Attendance is always free and open to all.