Camping under the stars in November? Don’t worry, it’s an imaginary camping trip with everyone gathered around the imaginary campfire under the Planetarium stars. Terry Fox and I will lead children and adults to meet all kinds of animals, learn about the stars, and even go fishing! For more information, visit http://peecnature.org/events/details/?id=7443.
I told my first story in New Mexico at Community Days at Hillside Market in Santa Fe! The community of storytellers is so inspired and generous here. There is something about living near beauty and land that is reaching for the sky that makes you want to connect with something bigger than you. What better way to do that than telling stories, right?!
Come hear me tell stories from Africa and enjoy a family friendly event next Saturday, February 7 at Bright Horizons at Naperville. I’ll be telling stories at noon and 12:30. For a flyer to share with your friends, visit: http://child-care-preschool.brighthorizons.com/~/media/bh/centers/1493/documents/celebrateafrica27.ashx. You can also RSVP on Facebook. Hope to see you there!
Thank you Waterline Writers for the opportunity to read at your last event! For everyone who missed it, here’s the video: http://vimeo.com/115666852.
Come hear me read a memoir piece about the strength passed down from generations of amazing people in my family. I’ll be reading at Waterline Writers in Batavia on December 21 at 7 pm. If you’ve never attend this reading event, it is something to put on your bucket list and cross off on December 21!
I am inspired by the woman who attended my NaNoWriMo write-in at Geneva Public Library. We all have responsibilities to juggle in order to keep writing a central part of our lives. I’m always amazed by mothers who find that balance! Read about this motivational mom here.
Let’s all commit to 15 minutes a day of time for us – time to bring our story ideas to life!
In this exchange between these two partners in Pages Across the Ages, an eight-year-old boy and eighty-three-year old woman read Verdi by Janell Cannon and bond with each other.
“It was funny when Verdi is scared that he will turn green because that meant that he was old. But he thought that meant he was going to become lazy. […] Then he understood that he could still be happy even if he was green. He was still the same inside.”
– Boy, age 8
“Verdi doesn’t want to grow old and green! […] He gets tired and old and decides that being old and green isn’t so bad after all! My name is Pat. You’re 8 and I’m 83. I don’t mind being old but I hope I don’t turn green.”
– Woman, age 83
Sometimes it takes a group effort to define something as elusive as happiness… We cannot define it in a vacuum.
When I worked with the Storytellers at the Anchorage of Bensenville Nursing Home, we connected with each other through group poetry. We threw out words together to make this definition of happiness.
What is your definition of happiness?
Happy looks like a beautiful pink rose.
It smells like fresh laundry hanging in the sun.
It sounds like children laughing,
It tastes like a cool glass of lemonade on a hot summer day.
Happy feels like a baby’s soft skin.
Happy looks like pictures of people you love.
It smells like Johnson baby powder.
It sounds like church choirs and operetta duets.
It tastes like a big, juicy steak.
Happy feels like a smile on your face.
– The Storytellers
The moments we feel connected to someone or something may be fleeting. Yet, they provide meaning to our lives.
This image is something I always come back to when I think of these fleeting connections.
Photograph by Kimberly Gotches, 2014
Walking along the river,
I see my first ice flower.
It could melt at any moment,
yet it hangs on –
Hovering over the water from which it came
and to which it will go.
its stem both flexible
It is something beautiful,
Something we won’t notice
if we just wait for spring.
I won’t forget this flower.
I want this flower to know:
“I appreciate you.”
– by Kimberly Gotches