My Mission Statement

I write to serve, to unite, to educate. I write to share literature and flesh out ideas that may be of interest to others. I write to document an emotion, experience, or a blip in time. My mission is to write in such a way that the reader is reminded that we can find humor in all situations. It's one of the great blessings of life.


Saturday, July 12, 2008

Chautauqua Day 1 2nd posting Highlights Writing for Children

Well, I didn't exactly get to ride in the limousine and meet new people. My luggage did not arrive with me, still has not arrived, so I was a little tied up at the airport with that and had to ride with one of the staff members (a very nice young lady in marketing at Highlights named Britney).

SO I was running very late for the dinner tonight, did not have my dress to put on or make-up or a toothbrush or anything else to make me feel put together, but I stumbled into the banquet and into the first empty chair I saw. I looked up into the precious face of Eileen Spinelli with Jerry Spinelli across the table, along with a table full of other darling, sweet people. We had a nice dinner followed by Patricia Lee Gauch talking about taking inspiration from other writers from Tasha Tudor to Jerry Spinelli. AS she spoke it occurred to me that it had been about thirty years ago this year since Tasha Tudor came to my elementary school and made a profound impact on me and my perception of this whole process of 'making books'. Now here I am, thirty years later, sitting with the dynamic duo, Eileen and Jerry Spinelli, at Chautauqua Institute for goodness sakes. Needless to say, lost luggage and all, I was sending out lots of prayers of thanksgiving.

I'm very excited to be here, but I'm exhausted and ready for bed. I love you all, and thanks for tuning in. I'll try to keep you in the loop as much as possible. xoxox

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