I kind of have a fascination for barns.     I’m not sure why I’m drawn to barns and farm stuff. I’ve lived in apartments, houses, in the burbs, the city, and on military housing bases… but never in a barn, or on a farm.     Although I’ve lodged for a night in a converted horse barn in Ireland.   Someone could use a sugar cube.   Maybe it’s because I occasionally shared a room with an… Read more »

This weekend I heard a middle school choral director speak about supporting kids’ creative passions.     He said, kids often don’t continue with music (or art, photography, writing, etc) because somewhere along the way they are told it’s not sensible, that it’s not a “clear and trusted” practical career path.    But, he asked, what if a career in the arts is your bliss? Photo credit: Mallari Sizemore    Dreams are important. When I was a teenager, I concocted big… Read more »

  Meet Phyllis. Phyllis, the star of Susanna Leonard Hill‘s books PUNXSUTAWNEY PHYLLIS & APRIL FOOL, PHYLLIS. Phyllis is a groundhog and a prognosticator, which sounds a lot like procrastinating. Especially when you factor in those Groundhog days in which she sees her shadow.  Then everything gets pushed off for another six weeks. Can’t say I haven’t been there. Anyway, you see those teenagers shuffling around in the background? They finished exams last week at the high school where I eavesdrop… Read more »