words and music…

My newly engaged songwriter circuits are still buzzing and humming from the weekend. On Saturday, my song "In the Spirit of this Place", the first piece that I've written all the words AND music for, was debuted by the Voices for the Earth Chorus at the Musketaquid Earth Day Celebration River Ceremony in Concord, Massachusetts. …

guardians of story…

I have had a remarkable number of joyous, inspiring, creative conversations through this weekend of the New England Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (NESCBWI) spring conference in Dr. Seuss' hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts. And a theme developed, a thread running bright and true through disparate discussions: We are the guardians of story. It …

triple good deed day…

I tried to fit all the goodness into a tweet, but my sentence-squashing skills failed me. Here's the good-deed-of-the-day opportunity that I love:Choose terrific books for kids that the inspiring creative kids who attend the 826Boston writing and tutoring programs will use and love, buy then at Harvard Bookshop (or online via their website) and not …

Dear Writer,

That hurt. The rejection - from others or from yourself. The feeling of not coming up to scratch. The frustration of thinking a piece was finished and instead, seeing so many holes in it, so many problems. Maybe it's not even a viable project. And you've put so much time and energy and thought into …