29 March 2021

28 February 2021

Young Authors Always Inspire

My writing has been slow going lately. I've had a whole lot happening at home and work the last couple months, even as I keep grinding away at a few frustrating pieces that should have been finished by now.

Nevertheless, Young Authors season has returned, and I have once again taken up the task of coordinating the district program.

And, once again, I am astonished as ever to witness the pure joy of writing evident in the work of every young author. And the talent! There's a non-fiction story from a young second grader about her experiences with neurofibromatosis that is pretty much publishable as is. Talk about inspiring. 

So, as I struggle onwards with mine own efforts, I take heart. Our students, who compose the next generation of writers, keep emerging and keep advancing. And I am honoured to keep helping them share their work. And I am inspired to keep working to share mine.


Best Kids Writing Clipart #20784 - Clipartion.com 

20 January 2021

Inauguration Day

Being a Teacher Librarian in a public school, I must maintain an apolitical social profile.

Nevertheless, anyone who knows me knows precisely how I feel about today.

22 December 2020

Great Conjunction 2020

Like the rest of the planet, I have been awaiting the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn for ages.

Last evening, as dusk fell where I live, an enormous bank of clouds moved in and just sat, enshrouding the horizon into the night. Made for a spectacular sunset, true; yet, I was not able to view the Great Conjunction. 

I have been watching Jupiter and Saturn dance across the sky for months, since they were on the other side of the sky. But at the point when they appear closest, the Heavens remain veiled, alas.


That's sky-watching, I suppose. 

Behold what you can behold. 


All I could say is that the Moon and Mars looked magnificent, high overhead...and that at least the skies were bright and clear here three years ago for the solar eclipse.

02 November 2020

October Memories

Each October morning this year, my wonderful wife gave me a photograph or two, all of past Hallowe'ens.

A spectacular way to celebrate the Season, awakening every day to remembrances and anticipations. 



Thank you, Rainbow! Happy All Souls' Day!

30 October 2020

Weather the Weather

Pumpkins, nursed all summer long--frozen on the doorstep, by an arctic blast, and now nothing more than a pile of smushed fruits.

Decorations outside, whipped in the wind, arisen after weeks of still skies, and torn asunder, flown across the yard.

And all right before Hallowe'en itself. Alas.

Yet, we persevere, and certainly, whatever the weather, we will do so again next year.

29 September 2020

Which Days Were They?

Apparently, National Daughters Day and National Sons Day just passed by a couple days ago. 

I had never heard of such days before.

In truth, I don't mind missing them.

As far as I'm concerned, every day is a day for honouring both daughter and son.