Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Then, wouldn't you know, after a few years, the fire marshal decided they were a fire hazard. (?!?) So, down they came. The room looks very cool now, with black leather wrap around couches which certainly provide a lot more seating for conversation with friends.
But what to do with all that fabric? I certainly couldn't let it all go to waste... So...
I should add that I made the costume using this technique found in Wendi Gratz's fantastic sewer/crafter's blog.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
I'm also engaged in another adventure with yet another writer-friend (Stephanie Stark Poling). And, if you hadn't seen it already in the side bar, we've started a new blog to chronicle our collaborative efforts. We are writing a play set to be staged at the Parkway Playhouse in September of 2012: Between the Tackles.
Friday, October 21, 2011
If teachers know when they're going to be gone, they can work with the sub ahead of time so the art lesson is related to classroom content. However, even if you call one of these subs last minute, they will have prepared lessons ready to go. As a former classroom teacher, calling in sick was always something I dreaded... because it usually meant more work than the misery of being in the classroom while ill. You had to prepare all this "busy work" for the sub and then grade it all afterwards! But with this system, teachers would have far less to pre-absence (and post-absence) work, making choosing one of these subs much more desirable. PLUS, think about the children! Instead of busy work, they're using a different part of their brain, appealing to other learning styles, and adding back in a missing component of their education.
Most of the subs in this program are visual artists, though there are some musicians... and then me, the writer. It's is somewhat difficult to distinguish between "arts writing" and regular "school writing," but I am coming up with some any-age creative writing activities to pull out of my suitcase.
The one I'm working on now is a spin-off of magnetic poetry, but I'm just going to have the words on laminated cardstock. Right now, I'm trying to figure out what words I should include.
So, here's how you can help:
1. If you have old Altoid tins, give them to me. : ) I'll need about 25.
2. What words spark your imagination?
Monday, October 17, 2011
The other day, while my daughter was at soccer practice, I walked down to the post office to mail off a writing-contest entry.
I left that day without renting the box--just to make sure I really wanted it--which it turns out I did.
So, you may now send me mail at:
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
So, I'm on a writing weekend trying to knock out some new work despite a desk positioned right in front of a mirror. Focus. Focus. (Not on my hair.)
Friday, May 27, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
“A Female Raid” Carolina Watchman (Salisbury, North Carolina), Monday, March 23, 1863. Accessed from Learn NC website. <http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/4187>.
“Audio Excerpts : The Homefront: Hardships of War” North Carolina Museum of History. 2005. Web.
Bailey, Lloyd. The Heritage of the Toe River Valley: Volume II. Lloyd Richard Bailey, 1997.
Bumgarner, Matthew. Kirk’s Raiders: a notorious band of scoundrels and thieves. Piedmont Press, 2000.
Hardy, Michael C. The Ca. 1849 McElroy House: A Glimpse of Yancey County, North Carolina's History. Donning Company Publishers, 2004.
Kephart, Horace. Our Southern Highlanders. Outing Publishing Company, 1913.
Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Series I. Vol. 53. Supplement. Serial No. 111. Broadfoot Publishing Company, 1995.
Trotter, William R. Bushwhackers: The Civil War in North Carolina (Volume II: The Mountains). John F. Blair, 1988.
Yearns, W. Buck. North Carolina Civil War Documentary. University of North Carolina Press, 1980.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
After reading The Help by Katherine Stockett, I was motivated to do some unusual things around the house. First, I polished my silver. I pulled the putty from the laundry room closet, along with an old t-shirt and headed to my jewelry box. No, I don't own any real silver vases or silverware or any "real" niceties, but I have several pair of tarnished earrings and a few necklaces and pendants. So I stood there, daubing and rubbing, watching the shine emerge and the black accumulate on the rag. It's tedious work, but I like the tangible, aesthetically pleasing results. Much more satisfying than laundry for me.
"We all on a party line to God, but you, you setting right in his ear."This is Minny talking to Aibileen about putting someone on her prayer list, which Aibileen keeps in a little notebook. It made me think about how cool that'd be to sit in God's ear. And after mulling this idea over a while, I figured there's nothing to keep any of us from sitting there except climbing up there with focused prayer. That's what Aibileen did, kept a list and wrote her prayers -- which took her about an hour a night. So, I found a little notebook in my office -- because I dearly love getting little notebooks, though I have no idea what I could possibly write that would fit in a little notebook. It's a tiny bit of a thing, maybe 1.5 x 3" and only 12 sheets of paper. But I filled in a list of names on that first page and it's like Aibileen says on the page before the above quote: "And the next and the next. Cause that's the way prayer do. It's like electricity, it keeps things going." I have already noticed that electric continuation... and have a few new names to add to the list.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Once again, the only way I can motivate myself to keep in shape is to sign up for a 5K -- the 5th Annual Asheville Shamrock Run. This time, though, I've actually printed out a calendar with a daily training program. Each day has written on it what I'm supposed to run... Today, thankfully, is a rest day.