I Wonder the Weed – Who Decides What Is A Weed and What Is A Flower?

Dandelions A Weed Is but an Unloved Flower – Ella Wheeler Wilcox When appraising nature, I am perplexed by the question, “Who decided that some plants were weeds that looked like flowers and who decided which were flowers?” Take for instance the common sweet violet that weaves a purple and green carpet across my lawn…

Miss Maple’s Seeds Are Being Born in My New Front Front Yard

Tomorrow, I’ll begin moving to my new, 125-year-old house in the Ozark Mountains. Yesterday, I was wandering around in my new front yard, and I paused for a moment beside the huge, old tree, where the daffodils are blooming, I knelt low, and I couldn’t help but notice that my big, old tree has a…

Register Now for Free and/or Almost Free SCBWI Seminars in April

The Regional Chapters of SCBWI have a tradition of offering online webinars. The prices for these webinars are extremely low. I thought that I would share with you the SCBWI Webinars that I’ll attend in April. Get Your April Off to a Good Start with Frances Gilbert What’s Your Picture Book Hook? Date/Time Date(s) –…

The Importance of Writing in a Journal

This spring, I vow to reestablish the important practice of observing nature closely and of recording what I see, smell and hear in a journal. Much of writing is about recreating sensory details, and I am convinced that learning to be more in the moment and observing what I sense in the moment will help…