Inspirations, Ideas, and Reflections


Virtual visit with Margaret Wiley planned

My creative writing students and I plan to have a virtual visit with ALA award-winning author, Margaret Willey, on April 17th. We have been reading Ms. Willey’s picture books and teen novels in preparation. I’m encouraging my students to read like a writer. They’re...

Young People Respond to Gee’s Bend Art–Exhibit and Reception

It is a pleasure to announce the opening reception for the art show "Quilts and Prints: Young People Respond to Gee's Bend Art." Eleven of my students will be featured during the month of December at Schlow Library's art gallery. With the expert help of a talented...

Why Ruby Dug in the Okra

Because rain had softened the earth, Because her front legs were made to paddle in the soil, Because the wet earth smelled like chocolate, Because once she began it was hard to stop, Because she didn’t know the okra was for eating, Because her ancestors told her...

Last day of NaHaiWriMo – Day 28

Today is the last day of NaHaiWriMo! Thank you for your interest in my creative writing project. It has been a pleasure spending the month with you. Together we made it through the fourth (and last) month of winter, at least for those of us in the northeast and...

NaHaiWriMo Day 27

Imagine, we've almost reached the end of February! Today's haiku is vaguely related to the prompt, "rainbow jello." tulips bowing to the rain stone Buddha Tomorrow's prompt is "button jewelry." Have a wonderful day.

NaHaiWriMo Day 26

The prompt for today's haiku is "homemade soup." This haiku is dedicated to my good friend, Christine, who invited me to try her egg-drop soup and thereby gave me an idea for this poem. To be fair, the pair of mallards I saw today should also be included in my...

NaHaiWriMo Day 25

Today's haiku is about dressing up. dressing up late winter cardinal song Tomorrow's prompt is "homemade soup." Have a lovely Sunday.

NaHaiWriMo Day 24

Happy Weekend! I hope you're enjoying it so far. The prompt for today's haiku is "hot water bottle." in hot water— March rain cold comfort It's not too common to use an idiom in a haiku, let alone two idioms. But somehow these two just seemed like a fitting beginning...

NaHaiWriMo Day 23

Good Morning! Today's haiku is about various kinds of pie. pie-faced moon blueberries bluer overnight Tomorrow's prompt is "hot-water bottle." Have a great day!

NaHaiWriMo Day 22

The prompt for today's haiku is "the first frost." I wrote a haiku on this topic a number of years ago and I'll share that one after I share the one I wrote yesterday: the first and only morning hoarfrost Here's the haiku I composed a while back: first frost I give...

NaHaiWriMo Day 21

Today's haiku prompt is "appetizer." I wrote two haiku. The second one is a blended word haiku. an app picturing the food I hope to eat appeteaser Tomorrow's prompt is "the first frost."

NaHaiWriMo Day Day 20

Coming to you later in the day than normal, here is my haiku about a gentle rocking motion. mourning doves on a swaying limb waiting out winter Tomorrow's prompt is "appetizers." Have a nice evening!