The spirits got me too

Hi everyone,

For anyone who tuned in last night’s Google Hangout with Ruth Culham, Kate Messner, Lisa Yee, and Varian Johnson, expecting me to be there, too, I apologize. The cast agreed to get hooked up thirty minutes ahead of the start time because the previous night when we rehearsed it took nearly that long just to get us all together on the Google connection. Our host Jayme was the last one to figure out where the rest of us were waiting.

Last night I clicked on the link provided at 6:30 CST and was the first one there. Unfortunately, the others were gathering somewhere else and neither they nor I could figure out why the same link took me one place and them to another. I tried everything I could think of. After forty-five minutes, which was fifteen minutes into the live program, I finally called my son for help. He couldn’t crack the code either. So with only fifteen minutes remaining in the show I finally gave up and watched the others do a wonderful job and wished I were there too.

I’m not sure I could have made it through the program anyway. I’m in my third day of fever, sore throat, coughing, and croaking. I’m on antibiotics and prescription gargle and have tried every home remedy that friends have suggested, but truth is I can hardly say two words without another round of coughing. This, too, shall pass. Until it does, I’ll continue to spend nights on the sofa, get up late, and stay indoors.

Google Hangout Tuesday night

Hi everyone,

The other day I told you about the upcoming Google Hangout with Ruth Culham and four panelist authors. This is a reminder that the event is coming up next week on Tuesday night. We’ll have a rehearsal Monday night and then stand by for fun the following evening.

I hope you’ll hang out with us and tell anyone you know who might be interested to come too. It’s free and I like the topic of using mentor texts.

It’ll stream live on the IRA YouTube channel. The link is: When we’re finished it will be saved on the IRA YouTube page so people who couldn’t join us live will be able to watch it at their convenience.


Promotional piece for upcoming Google Hangout

REMINDER: Be sure to vote for the word of your choice for October’s Word of the Month Poetry Challenge. Voting ends tonight. To vote, scroll down to the poll shown on September 22, click in the circle beside the word of your choice, go to the bottom of the box, and click on vote.
SPECIAL PLEA TO TEACHERS: Many teachers have worked with their students in the past to write poems for Word of the Month and post them in the Young Poets’ special box. I hope that as many of you as possible will encourage your students to vote for the October word and then write poems for you to post. This is a celebration! It’s our 5th anniversary!

Hi everyone,

The other day I told you about the upcoming Google Hangout with Ruth Culham and four panelist authors. Here’s a fancier version of the announcement, far better than my poor means to create.


Google Hangout with Ruth Culham

Ruth Culham

Hi everyone,

I’d like to tell you about plans in the works at International Reading Association to try something new. They’re calling it a Google Hangout with Ruth Culham.Honesdale, David
The event is scheduled to take place at 8:00 p.m. ET on October 28. Ruth will be joined by four panelists: Varian Johnson, Kate Messner, Lisa Yee, and David Harrison.

The target audience will be reading and writing teachers, and we’ll discuss using mentor texts to teach the craft of writing. Although plans are not yet finalized, current thinking is to offer an audience member a 30 minute virtual visit with one of the authors.

The idea would be to issue a phrase to either tweet or email to IRA within an hour after the Hangout ends and they would randomly select a name. The winner would get to choose the author they’d like to have the visit with depending on their grade level, the unit they’re working on in class, etc.

Finalized plans should be announced soon but if you’re interested or know someone who might be, mark your calendars now for October 28 and look for more information as it becomes available.

For more information about Ruth and the other participants, check these links.
Ruth Culham:
Varian Johnson:
Kate Messner:  
Lisa Yee: