Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
La Primavera. Le Printemps. Der Frühling. Equinox of the vernal sort. It all adds up to Spring. "A little Madness in the Spring," wrote Miss Dickinson, "is wholesome even for the King." Of thee birds and poets sing/By thee snow and daffodils bring.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
So, I made it back home from Warrensburg, MO, from the 42nd Annual Children's Literature Festival at the U. of Central MO. If only the dorky CMSU coed I was in 1970 could know that I'd return decades later, as one of 40-or-so authors and/or illustrators presenting to thousands of young students, telling them about my books, asking them who else they'd been to hear. Claudia Mills, a.k.a. Tarzan? (Man oh man, what a writer!) Barbara Robinson? (Promise yourself to read B.R.'sBest Christmas Pageant Ever. funniest book ever) That swellegant Patricia Hermes? "Have you," I'd ask, "seen David Harrison? Have you read his poems for little squirts like you?" Sure, some of them would listen to fellow Missouri writers Vicki Grove and Veda Boyd Jones, but would they sit around withthem, as I did, basking in their brilliance whilst drinking too much wine? Nope. Brad Sneed? (What a painter that guy is!) They and many more smartypants word-mongers were all there. What a big fat privilege to be in their company!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Oh my goodness – no, make that Granny D's goodness. Her goodness, her heroism and determination are on my mind at this moment. As I was trying, with limited success, to do my first posting with an actual PICTURE, a pleasant radio voice informed me that Doris Haddock passed away yesterday at her home in New Hampshire, at the age of 100.
Isn’t that brilliant? These words were written by Frances E. Willard (1839–1898), a remarkable social reformer and well worth a slice of your precious attention. She was one of the most influential women of her day. I wrote about her and 19 other remarkable dames who made a difference in my book Rabble Rousers (Dutton Children's Books, 2003). Truly, Ms. Willard was one of the most powerful and charismatic leaders of the19th century. She presided over the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, the WCTU – some 150,000 members strong. Their relentless campaigning led to the 18th Amendment to the U.S.Constitution, which led to “Prohibition.” During this dramatic period, (1919-1933), liquor – making
Frances, known as Frank to her friends. She had a lot more on her mind than teetotaling.
A link to Ms. Willard’s essay on her conquest of the bike: http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5038/