ILA report

Hi everyone,

Home from Austin with many new good memories in spite of heat that reached 105-109 for record setting daily highs. Attendance was down somewhat but still several thousand people from here and abroad were there and it was time well spent.

I was grateful to Sandy for going with me and I know that Mary Jo was glad that Hank came too. The four of us have a good time together and when conference work kept Mary Jo and me busy, Sandy and Hank amused themselves sightseeing and shopping.

Mary Jo Fresch and I enjoyed doing a Facebook Live broadcast that has been viewed more then 8,400 times already, and on Sunday afternoon we had excellent attendance for our two-hour workshop. Also hooked up with Laura Robb to discuss a book we might do together and touched base with Glenda Nugent about the poetry article I’m writing for Missouri Reader. Had a good visit with Su Hutchens and talked her into contributing to my article about her experiences in using poetry in the classroom.

My thanks to the folks at Teacher Created Materials for their generous support and lovely breakfast on Sunday morning, and to my friends at Scholastic for their usual stellar author reception on Saturday evening as well as for putting us on Facebook Live and proving a signing time/space at their display area.

A few more pictures from Greece

REMINDER: The word of the month for October is CAT. Have we no cat lovers among us ready to immortalize their favorite cat? Hmmm?

Hi everyone,

Before the memories of our recent visit to Greece begin to begin to fade, I’d like to share a few more pictures. Dining with friends (Mary Jo and Hank Fresch) with a wall of the Acropolis at your back is a good way to start a trip. With history rising up behind us, we look out over modern Athens.
Every horizon offers other islands, other mysteries. From Athens to Mykonos by boat we traveled five hours over calm, blue water. It was a very nice boat. Well, you know me and sunsets. Morning coffee at Santorini. On a late evening stroll we passed this calm little hedgehog. Greece protects them.

Part of the original entrance to Athens. Statues rescued from crumbling temples. That’s the Parthenon, folks!! And this is four tired but satisfied people enjoying good wine, company, and food with a million dollar view.

Goo foffing with Mary Jo and Hank

Hi everyone,

While Mary Jo Fresch and I were presenting at ILA, her hubby Hank and my wife Sandy took in the Cardinal ballgame that went 18 innings. Hank and Mary Jo came home with us for a good visit and yesterday we spent the afternoon near Branson on a pontoon boat, cruising around Tablerock Lake and stopping for a swim.


I must say that Sandy’s advice on which way to go was invaluable.