More visitors! Here are a few of our guests over the winter.
We had a wonderful breakfast with senior faith leaders in Portland to celebrate World Interfaith Harmony week. The week was declared a holiday by the United Nations a few years ago. We heard an inspiring keynote, Reenie spoke about the history of the holiday and the historic Harrison Street building we met in, and then several leaders shared some “best practices” about how different faiths can work together to feed the hungry and house the homeless. It was awesome!
While we were in Florence, Italy, last week, some kids approached us near the Duomo to ask if we would buy a book for their school library. Of course! When we asked what book they wanted, their teacher suggested a Harry Potter tale. Great call.
I put up a motion-detecting camera in my backyard to find out who has been visiting in the night. So far these guys have dropped by:
Just back from a wonderful time in Ashland, Oregon! Had a week full of plays and shopping, staying at the Coolidge House, just a few doors up from the theaters. Best Othello we’ve ever seen (props to an amazing Iago) and we really enjoyed a new play called “The Way the Mountain Moved.” Went with our dear friends the Johnsons, and spied A LOT of deer. They roamed the streets like they do in Nara, Japan. Magic.
Had a wonderful time volunteering at The Children’s Book Bank in downtown Portland yesterday. We cleaned and repaired gently used books that will be given to kids who don’t have access to them. So far this year, the book bank has given more than 95,000 books to more than 8500 kids!
Just back from the best writing workshop experience I’ve ever had: the week-long Writing and Illustrating for Young Writers Full Novel Class. It’s a mouthful, but totally worth it! Instructor Heidi Taylor Gordon from Shadow Mountain was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Great discussions, helpful feedback, wonderful writers/participants. Two thumbs up!
Welcome to my new blog and website! If you follow me I’ll promise not to over do it. I plan to share a few exciting moments associated with writing and publishing books, some crazy things that happen to me, and some interesting events that I think will shape the world in helpful ways. That’s it. My personal rules: no politics (because I know most of you are tired of rants), and positive posts only (because we all know things that are wrong, but long to see more things that are right and/or funny).