I'm so thankful for my family: my sweet husband, my three awesome sons, my darling daughter, my two sisters, my dad, and my mom. Today's high five is a hug from my sweet mom. She passed away several years ago, and every holiday I feel lost with out her. She was an artist, horticulturist, a poet, and completely creative soul. I'm so thankful that she felt that writing was important work.
I offer one of her poems.
In a wind so crisp, you taste every bite
the snow geese come on a blue norther
And coast in as the the setting sun
lays its cold, gold hands on
them. They suspend above
the ground, drop down,
and turn into
A joyous family reunion is under way
Food is good, accommodations great
It sure is good to see everyone
All the geese talking at once
A Super Bowl of
Then from the far side of the field
something starts the geese up
An upside down snowstorm
rushes across the field
a wall of sound
They erupt into the sky and then subside
The alarmists who started it all
circle and come back to land
A few stragglers sidewind
off to the south
People and love, really one subject, and I believe the only one worth writing about.
Lera Lee Kelly Barlow
Last of all, think about attending the Seattle Kid-Lit Drink Night (I'm pretty sure that Douglas Adams would have been all in for an event like this)...
"Did you do Molly Blaisdell’s Golden Coffee Cup Challenge? NANOWRIMO? Did you make any kind of writing and/or illustrating goal in November?
If you hit the jackpot…if you plodded along…even if you didn’t take a single step…come to celebrate and hang out with your peers at our own Kidlit Drink Night! November 30th at Broadway Grill in Seattle (on Broadway in Capitol Hill, across from the QFC – 328-7000) at 5:30pm. Cash bar. Molly will be giving out the Golden Coffee Cup awards (Don't worry if you're from out of town, you don't have to be present to win.)"
Street parking is available, or you can park at QFC for a small parking fee (or get your ticket validated by making a purchase).