Interview by Jody Anderson is up

Hi everyone,

I’m doing this in reverse today. From here you can go to my Facebook interview by Jody Anderson at the Henry County Public Library in Clinton, Missouri. I hope you enjoy it.

Thank you, Jody. It was good to see you again and I enjoyed our visit.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there.

November spiders and roses

Hi everyone,

A balmy day on Goose Lake. I counted five hibiscus blossoms. The geraniums are still blooming. Even so, as I write this Sandy and our friend Linda are removing the geraniums from their summer pots and transferring them to winter ones for storage in the garage. I should be helping but if I didn’t sit here and tell you about it, who would?
I’m not all bad. I took these shots of a hopeful spider and a determined rose. Behold, November at Goose Lake.20151114_152429_resized

The Missouri Reader Fall Issue is out and I’m delighted to be featured.

Three quick reminders

Hi everyone,

We’re off and running on this month’s Word of the Month poetry challenge, thanks to Mary Nida Smith’s word: SUPERNATURAL. Let’s see what you have.

If you haven’t yet checked out my eBook, GOOSE LAKE, I hope you will. If you know others who might like to download a copy, please pass the word. You can find it on Barnes & Noble at for Nook. If you go to, you’ll find it at .

Also, free apps to download to your computer are, for Kindle,  and for Nook: /

I’ll be telling you more about this, my first e-publishing experience, when Sandy Asher and I begin our WRITERS AT WORK chat in March. We’ll also announce two guest speakers who will engage in that chat too. So don’t forget to check us out on Tuesdays in March.

If you missed the interview with Roxie Hanna that she posted on the 2nd, here’s the link. . Comments have been very warm and I’ve appreciated each one.

Back into the wheel for me,


Interview today on Roxie Hanna’s site

Hi everyone,

I received nice news about my most recent picture book at Random. A MONSTER IS COMING! was released in 2011 and has been named to the annual Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best list of titles of books published last year. MONSTER is in plenty of good company so I’m glad to be on the list. This was illustrated by Hans Wilhelm. It’s our second collaboration, the first being WAKE UP, SUN! That one came out in 1986 and is still going strong. Last year it passed the 1,000,000 mark in copies sold. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for something like that with our new effort!

To see all the titles in each of several categories, here’s the link.  

Roxie Hanna sent me three questions for the basis of an interview, just three. But boy did they get me wound up! My responses took quite a while to complete but they reflect some of my best soul searching and advice and I hope you will visit her site to see the results and leave your thoughts. My thanks to Roxie for handling the interview so beautifully. Here’s the link. <a .


Home again

Whew! I haven’t been away to play this long since I was a kid and my parents took month-long vacations. It has been a pleasant period spent with family but I’m so far behind now that I don’t know how long it will take to get back on track.

Thanks for your patience while I’ve been out of touch. I see a lot of good poems and comments and I’m eager to start through them. By Monday I hope to return to my routine schedule. I need to!

I’m pleased to tell you that April Halprin Wayland will be my Featured Guest this Friday. I’m eager to post her thoughts and know that you will enjoy them. I’ll post her bio on Thursday so be looking for that too.