after 4 years and 4 tries
at last i find myself in
the erma bombeck writer’s workshop
at the university of dayton
her alma mater
where she has left an endowment
to support writers of humor and the human condition
i’ve always admired her style of writing
her daughter spoke of growing up in the family
the joy of erma’s looks at life
already feeling inspired and so lucky
with very welcoming writers
of all shapes and sizes, ages and stages
beginning to accomplished author
each with a unique story and reason
all with a common passion
the desire to write.
“to say, ‘well, i write when i really get into it’ is a bunch of bull.
put the paper in the typewriter, stare at it a long time,
get snowblindness if you have to, but write something.”
on this special day
i brought out
an old treasured story
my former student, nicole
who i taught for grades k-2
(in a school where we were known by our first names)
a story about me sharing stories
made me cry happy tears to read
how much she enjoyed the stories
what ginormous heaps of praise
from a fellow roald dahl fan.
happy roald dahl story day!!
“words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.”
-albus dumbledore (j.k. rowling, harry potter series)
loving my new journals and so looking forward to filling them
“language allows us to reach out to people, to touch them with our innermost fears, hopes, disappointments, victories.
to reach out to people we’ll never meet.
it’s the greatest legacy you could ever leave your children or your loved ones:
the history of how you felt.”
-simon van booy
after sledding on a beautiful snow day
grandies and neighbors
gather around the table
to share a large pot
of ramen, laughs, and stories.
“honor the community you come from. tell their stories.”
such a wonderful discovery made
when walking in a park near my daughter’s house
an illustrated storybook trail
with pages spread throughout the woods
placed there by the village and the local library
a perfect pairing.
“we tell stories in order to feel at home in the universe.”
— Roger Bingham, British science communicator, writer, public television producer and host
peter bence retells toto’s story of africa in a new way
not confining himself to just the keyboard
of this half million dollar piano
well worth a listen.
“i’m an interpreter of stories.
when I perform it’s like sitting down at my piano and telling fairy stories.
-nat king cole
after walking up to this truck
i wondered about all the stories it could tell
where it’s been, who it carried, what happened
no one knows for sure
all that’s left is to imagine.
what a ride it must have been!
“i like stories that leave you wanting more,
leave you wondering, but don’t tell you everything.”
ann arbor – summer 2018