Monthly Archives: October 2019

Reflections on a School Visit

I’ve been meaning to share this for a week but I’ve been under the weather and had a few deadlines.

I love visiting schools to share ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON with children. It’s fun to watch them respond to the story and then talk about it afterwards. I also share a slide show with a bit about me when I was a child, my inspiration for writing the book, and some of my photography. The photo above is the skylight in the space where I did a recent presentation. In the book, Aliana uses a skylight to create the surprise at the end of the story so it was a magical feeling to read the book beneath one.

I was welcomed by a display case with information about me, ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON, and phases of the moon which is part of the story.

Connecting with children is the thing I miss most about teaching. I knew every day in the classroom I was changing lives and making a difference. It was both an honor and a responsibility. The feedback was immediate and also something I could see over time. They were also changing my life in the process. With writing, the impact on children is still there, but I may not even know about it except when I’m able to visit a school.

Written with gratitude for librarian Jolene Gutierrez, the teachers, and the children of Denver Academy.

Waning Gibbous Moon Magic

Two nights in a row as I’m driving home, the night sky suddenly reveals a magnificent moonrise.

At first glimpse it’s surreal – so bright and a magnificent shade of gold. This is an unfiltered shot from tonight.

Lakeside Hike above 10,000ft

Afternoon sunlight filters through trees

and dances atop the lake like twinkling diamonds.

In the distance,

peaks above the tree line with their pockets of snow that stayed all summer

add to the beauty and feeling of remoteness

the trill and rat-a-tat-tat of birds create the soundtrack.

Snow Day 10/10/19

I love autumn. Aspen leaves changing from green to shades of yellow that dance and catch the sunlight in ways the delight. But in Colorado, the calendar may say October 10th, but winter demands attention.

The day before was 75, today 10/11, is 40 and the warmth of the sun fierce. But the warning of winter coming is clear.