ON MY POEM HIKE – NEW FRIENDS!

I discovered Ms. Jane Zamudio not only can write poems ~ she sings amazing opera arias!

I discovered Ms. Jane Zamudio not only can write poems ~ she sings amazing opera arias!

 

 

 

MS. JENNIFER KERN invited us to come to the  BACHMAN LAKE LIBRARY BRANCH to do our poetry workshop. . .AKA POEM HIKE!

 

 

 

What amazing poets ~ our new friends ~ Carlos, Sofia, Ivan, Marta, Amiya, Ms. Blanca, Ms. Jane, Ms. Jennifer! They joined us for poetry writing exercises and poetry readings and poetry books!

Ms. Blanca writes poems and her two amazing children write amazing poems, too!

Ms. Blanca writes poems and her two amazing children write amazing poems, too!

Hey Hey Hey My name is Spike! Get ready for a poem Hike!

Do you know I am a poet? I can make it rhyme. Do you know you are a poet? Just begin, you'll do fine.

Do you know I am a poet? I can make it rhyme. Do you know you are a poet? Just begin, you’ll do fine.

You can be a Poet. Just get some words and grow it! I was going to sing you a song. But my voice is all wrong. So I wrote you a poem instead. To stick all day in your head!

I get to visit schools and libraries all for the purpose to inspire young people to write their poems for the Dallas Public Library “Express Yourself YOUTH POETRY COMPETITION”.

POETRY WORKSHOPS!

 

Students Stretch into their Poetic Selves!

Students Stretch into their Poetic Selves!

Writing, writing, writing!

Writing, writing, writing!

 

Every year the Dallas Public Library sponsors the “Express Yourself YOUTH POETRY COMPETITION for students grades 2 – 12.

 

 

 

 

 

This is my second year to participate in teaching Poetry Workshops in various schools. What a delight it is for me to see all these young people writing poems!

The Heritage Farmstead in Plano, Texas Celebrates 125 Years on the Farm!

Back in October it was a beautiful fall day at The Heritage Farmstead Museum! Perfect for telling stories!  Today we are cold in Dallas today with a hard freeze predicted for tomorrow morning.  It is December!

Storyteller poets, Willie Sims and Beth Turner Ayers join me at The Heritage Farmstead Museum.

Storyteller poets, Willie Sims and Beth Turner Ayers join me at The Heritage Farmstead Museum to tell stories and represent the North 40 Storytellers’ Guild!

 

FUN AT THE FARMFEST! 125 years Celebration at The Heritage Farmstead Museum

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More new farmstead friends!

Here we are with new friends Hayden and Emily at The Heritage Farmstead Museum

Here we are with new friends Hayden and Emily at The Heritage Farmstead Museum

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We were telling jokes and riddles for the farm! Here is one: What is a sheep’s favorite game? BAAAAdminton!

School’s in Full Swing! And I’m still thinking Summer was GRRReat!

I’M STILL HAPPY because back in July we visited 5 Dallas Libraries and made bunches of new friends! First, we went to Mountain Creek Parkway Library! We told stories and then everyone made themselves a Spike puppet. That was GRRReat, too!

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Spring is here and Summer is around the Corner!

 Spike here.

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This is May 6th in our gardens! It’s Molly Fox’s birthday! Happy Birthday Molly!

April 25: Now I did not get to go to Yesterfest to celebrate those Pioneer Days in Bastrop, Texas. I don’t understand why not. I had begun to work up some lines where I would say, “Pie, where’s the Pie? I heard there was going to be Pie near.” Or another was, “Hey Where’s the great deal on the Pioneer VHS tape decks? I thought we were going to get some great buys on Pioneer stuff. That way I could watch my favorite movie, The Lion in Winter!” But no, I stayed home and had my own party. But that’s another story. I did add this picture of me because I look like I am saying WAAAAH! I didn’t get to go to Bastrop!

I suggested we do a CRAZY picture. Here's Kamil joining us making crazy faces! That's me with the biggest mouth!

I suggested we do a CRAZY picture. Here’s Kamil joining us making crazy faces! That’s me with the biggest mouth!

April 14-17: Jiaany Girl and I traveled to Austin for the annual Texas Library Association Conference. We performed at the Storytelling Roundtable Evening Concert.

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Check out my video on YouTube – Spike in Austin!
Our good friend, Paula Ellis, did the video. Thanks, Paula! Everybody Enjoy!

Springtime NEWS!

Spike here. . . Spring arrived in Dallas in March! And I’m happy to update you on all my grrrrreat happenings!

March 26 – 27:Here I am buckled in for the cross country drive going from Dallas to the Dogwood Trails Book Festival in Palestine, Texas! Here we come Mrs. Jamie King!

  Guess who else traveled with us? Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear! Looking for an opportunity to perform!

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Wow! I got to give out my good advice on Friday, March 27th. We visited Northside Primary, home of the Wildcats in the morning. After lunch we traveled to Westwood Primary, home of the Panthers. I felt right at home with all those Cool Cats! Plus everyone made us feel real welcomed.

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I now have more than a thousand new friends in Palestine, Texas!

On Saturday some of my new friends came to the Dogwood Trails Book Festival at Palestine Public Library. Thanks, Parents!

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Me in my wig. Goldilocks – Wa-lah! And that would be Papa Bear in the red running suit!IMG_3531

Thanks for coming out to the Palestine Public Library and listening to our stories! 

logo-tsa-headMarch 12-15: The 30th Texas Storytelling Festival was in Denton! It was a SMASH-UP! Lots of friends, Lots of stories, Lots of grrrrrrrreat Tellers! I know if you were there, you would agree. If you weren’t, plan for next year. Some Smash-Up tellers are coming!

 

News May and June!

I have a healthy respect for all the folks who keep up with their Blogs, Tweets, and Facebook postings as I am a here again, gone again visitor to my own Blog pages.

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Coming events – May and June: Travels and lots of gardening are on my calendar. Those are two items I love and devote time to along with my storytelling. In Dallas as part of the annual Dallas Water Wise Garden tour you can visit our gardens the 1st Saturday in June. Here are some pictures of our gardens. Contact me for more information. You can see the flowers and trees have certainly benefited from all those Spring rains I’ve mentioned in my recent posts.

 

April News!

April: I am pleased that I was invited to tell stories at the Yesterfest in Bastrop, Texas. Thanks, Ms. Deborah Johnson, of Art Connections Gallery, and all the volunteers for the invitation and all your work!  And a special thank-you to the Texas Commission on the Arts for making my storytelling possible!

Telling at Yesterfest in Bastrop, Texas

Telling at Yesterfest in Bastrop, Texas

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This annual Festival the last weekend in April celebrates the Pioneer Days and features gunfights, music, and storytelling up and down the streets in old Bastrop. My storytelling friends, Bernadette Nason, DeCee Cornish, and Eldrena Douma were telling, too! There were lots of great eatin’ places and lots to shop and buy. We had been somewhat concerned about getting rained out only to have beautiful weather.  Family and friends and a great lunch (Thanks, Ms. Janice!) topped off the day after my storytelling.

 

 

 

 

 

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IMG_3581April 14 – 17 Texas Library Association Conference 2015: Librarians, storytellers, authors, poets, vendors all descended upon Austin, Texas for the Annual TLA conference. I am delighted to report that as part of the StorytellingRoundtable Annual Concert Spike and  I got to tell stories on stage with wonderful tellers and performers, DeCee Cornish, Lucas Miller, Peggy and Gene Helmick- Richardson, Donna Ingham, and Sue Young.

 

 

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Peggy and Gene Helmick-Richardson

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Lucas Miller

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Sue Young

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donna Ingham

Donna Ingham