Category: musings

Misty Copeland Visits Seattle 0

Misty Copeland Visits Seattle

On a soggy Friday in Seattle, a bright ray of sunshine filled Meany Hall. Misty Copeland stepped onto the stage to a standing ovation. The delightful 30-something principal dancer of  The American Ballet Theatre spoke candidly to a packed house of dancers and families for close to 90 minutes about her life struggles and her resilience. The director of the UW School of Drama acted as interviewer keeping the evening event flowing so smoothly the time flew past. Misty eventually addressed her latest book, Ballerina Body, which many young dancers clutched to their bodies  like a golden chain connecting themselves...

Upcoming Dance Celebrations and An Invitation to Dance 0

Upcoming Dance Celebrations and An Invitation to Dance

March 23-24  Arts Advocacy Day brings together 85 or more national arts organizations in Washington D.D. to meet with Congress to advocate for arts educations policies, charitable tax deductions and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. Let’s hope they are successful. (Recently it was reported that the arts are facing deep financial cuts by the Congress.) March 31  – Dance Everywhere Day begins at noon Pacific Standard Time. It encourages everyone to join in a world-wide simultaneous pubic dancing performance. Grab your friends. Put on your dancing shoes and dance, dance, dance!!! Who??  dancers (of course), teachers, plumbers,...

Letters to Follow Book Event Follow-up 0

Letters to Follow Book Event Follow-up

Thursday, February 16th I had my first book talk for Letters to Follow- A Dancer’s Adventure. It was advertised to be a rainy evening but turned out to be cool and clear. The cozy Edmonds Bookshop is one half block from the center of downtown Edmonds. Mary Kay has supported the Art Walk each month with guest authors for several years. Michelle, her PR person made a great window display that brought in several people before the event to checkout my books. I was lucky to enjoy a steady stream of friends, acquaintances and new-to-me drop-in readers who spent a...

How to Review a Book in 10 Minutes 0

How to Review a Book in 10 Minutes

Read a good book lately? A new one? One you shared with a friend? Good! I know your friends appreciate hearing about books, but so do the authors of the books you read. You can write a review faster than you can finish reading the rest of this blog!!   What makes a good review? A good review shares your impressions; what you liked about the story and the characters.  How long will it take to write? Budget 5-7 minutes. (You may use the same review on several social media locations.)  How much do I need to write? K.I.S.S –...

New Year Resolution Suggestions 0

New Year Resolution Suggestions

Resolve to set aside time for yourself to relax and reenergize. Resolve to stay in face-to-face or written contact with the people who are important in your life. Resolve to spend time reading aloud with others. It’s a special joy. Resolve to spend time writing a journal, diary, short story, poem, novel or handwrite letters to friends. Resolve to end each day with an uplifting thought or verse to assure a pleasant night’s sleep. Wishing you a healthy, happy 2017!

Family Read-Aloud 0

Family Read-Aloud

With the craziness and hype of the holidays and the end of the year, why not kick back, slow things down, take a break, and plan a family read aloud. I remember how excited I’d feel when adults read aloud in my elementary classrooms. It was a party for my ears and my imagination. I’d have loved to be part of a family read aloud, but it never happened in our home. As 2017 slides into view, start a new family tradition. Start a 20-minute read-aloud where everyone gathers to read, listen, and enjoy classic stories, jokes, adventure books, graphic...

Book Clubs 0

Book Clubs

 If you have the privilege of belonging to a book club, I’m excited for you. My book club is a group of teacher friends. We meet from September until mid-June. Each member takes a month, selects a book and provides a light meal. We use our time to get caught up as well as discuss that month’s book. It’s a joy to have an evening with friends and discover different authors and subjects. We’ve read bios, books in a series, adventure, women’s fiction, children’s books, non-fiction and memoirs. We even read a book on tidying up. (That got mixed reviews.)...

My Reading Style 0

My Reading Style

I’m always on the lookout to learn about people and their reading habits: when, where and what they read as well as what influences them to select certain books. My When I most often read in the afternoon usually before prepping dinner. I find it relaxing (and hope I don’t get so relaxed I fall asleep!).  My Where My favorite place to read in the living room where I can sit in the rocking chair or on the love seat and watch the birds at the feeder out of the corner of my eye. Usually I also enjoy a cup...

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Books I Wish Existed

Ever wish there was a certain book about a certain subject?  You  may search and search and not find the exact thing you want, so think about writing that book yourself! Don’t faint. You can do it! Your local library has resources. Your community probably has writing groups you can join. Community colleges hold auditable classes. Friends may want to join you to write every week or two while you share an afternoon or evening as you talk, enjoy a cup of coffee with a sweet treat, and make plans. Need ways to start? Contact me at [email protected] and I’ll...

Local Bookshops: Your Holiday Shopping Homebase 0

Local Bookshops: Your Holiday Shopping Homebase

If the frenzy of holidays grabs you and shakes you hard, you can make your life easier by shopping at your local independent bookstore. For me stepping into the cozy shop, surrounded by books and friendly sales persons is a treat. The size or color or shape of books isn’t important. There is something for every interest. And, if you don’t see it, they will order it for you. Some bookshops even wrap your purchases for you! Simplify your shopping. Support a local bookstore. Enjoy the hours of free time you’ll create by this one-stop shopping amid an extravaganza of...