The Unbearable Crankiness of Being
Then I'd get wet walking my dog.
Seeing Micheal Phelps at least made my daughter want to try the butterfly at the pool.
Coyote Scene Investigation
Leading writing workshops (in a cartoonish green tie) for groups of 11 to 13 year-old writers at the week-long Vancouver Public Library Book Camp was fun and enlightening. I tried to encourage them to write without fear but also to re-write without mercy. Some were as sharp as very sharp things and I had to be careful not to get pricked by their barbs nor shatter what might be a brittle sense of self. I tweaked the content each day, sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. The group dynamics and the individual needs were all so different.