Thursday, February 28, 2013

New Bird Carver's Daughter Article

Yet another installment of my silly stories about growing up in the shadow of a bird museum appeared on the Birds of Vermont Museum blog today.

Check it out HERE

There are links to my earlier articles on the sidebar along the right.
My father turned 93 last week. Pretty cool.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Sugaring Season

It's starting to change again. Oh, it's snowing this morning, but when I stepped outside with Ruby, we heard the unmistakable metallic ping of a hammer striking a sap spout. Our neighbors were out tapping their maples. That sound, and the big puffy flakes falling silently through the still woods, brought me back to the days I used to spend helping my father tap trees at the Green Mountain Audubon Center. Even though my feet and hands would get cold and I'd be tired by late afternoon, I knew that sugaring season was the bridge that connected winter to spring. It always began with days like this, but it would end when the maples had big red buds and the song of spring peepers would fill the woods. When we would go out to collect the buckets in warm sun of April, late February would be a distant memory.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Prizm Interview!

I was recently interviewed by my publisher, Prizm Books, and a copy is posted on their blog. If you'd like to read it, you can find it by clicking HERE

Thanks and enjoy!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Winners!

And there they are. The 2013 Vermont State Dance Championship winners -- Mt. Mansfield Union High School.

I never dreamed that someone in my family, much less a daughter of mine, would one day win a Varsity Sport State Championship. We're such an artsy family. Granted, it's not that much of a stretch, since it was a dance competition. But still.

We're basking in the glory. Great girls, a great coach, great parents.

Next month, off to New England's to represent Vermont!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

My husband got me the perfect bouquet for my desk and a card. Isn't he sweet?

I hope everyone is having a lovely and romantic day!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Snow Caps

Here's a little video I made today -- a relaxing way to appreciate winter. I took all these photos within a few minutes of my house this afternoon. It is beautiful here in all seasons, for sure. Enjoy.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Vermont Writes Day

It's Vermont Writes Day!

Today, February 7th, everybody in Vermont is encouraged to write for 7 minutes. This program is sponsored by the Young Writer's Project, which helps get young writers published in the local paper and talked about on the radio, and all kinds of cool stuff. My school participates every year, and every student writes for at least seven minutes. Since I only work in humanities classes, I got lots of seven minutes chances today. In my last class, I was brave enough to stand up and read, in hopes of encouraging others. (Okay, I just wanted the attention, but it worked. Several kids read after me.)

The prompts this year were to write about a farm or an experience on a farm, about climate change, about an important moment, or to freewrite about anything you want. So, everybody (whether you live in Vermont or not) open up a blank document or find a piece of paper and go for it. Seven minutes is not very long, and who knows? You might find yourself starting a novel, and then you'll finish it, and you'll publish it, and you'll be so glad you took that first seven minute step! Or even if you don't start your bestseller, you'll feel good!

Here's a link to the project's website, where you can read what others have done, and post your own, if you're so inclined:

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