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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!

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









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.








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.




Peggy and Gene Helmick-Richardson


Lucas Miller


Sue Young
















Donna Ingham

Donna Ingham

Happy New Year – 2015! And now it is February! Happy Valentines Day!

Round-up of 2014 Events:

December 19 Spike and I visited The Montessori Academy in Arlington, Texas for performances with the Lower Elementary classes and Upper Elementary classes. The Upper Elementary classes also participated with me in a Telling/Writing Workshop. I had a great time watching and listening to these students interact creatively! Thanks TMA Teachers!

December 10 Spike and I spent a wonderful day at the Godley Intermediate School telling holiday stories. Thank you, Mrs. Vicki Kattner and all the students and teachers at Godley.

December 6 Lantern Light at the Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano, Texas is an annual event celebrating the beginning of the Holiday Season. I participated with other North 40 Storytellers Guild telling stories.

November 20-23 104th National Council of English Teachers Convention What a great group of people! All these English and Language Arts teachers gathered in Maryland across the Potomac River from Washington, D. C. I got to present at the Saturday early morning Poster Session. Here I am in front of my poster with some of the wonderful librarians I met! FullSizeRender-6 FullSizeRender-4