Tuesday, October 22, 2013

For some reason I’ve been obsessed with photographing milkweeds this autumn. Here's a poem that's lovely and has a lot of personal meaning for me.


Anonymous as cherubs
Over the crib of God,
White seeds are floating
Out of my burst pod.
What power had I
Before I learned to yield?
Shatter me, great wind:
I shall possess the field.

   from Two Voices in a Field by Richard Wilbur

 This poem reminds of the fall my brother Bob was killed in a car accident. I think it's a hopeful poem. It reminds me that it's possible to go forth, live, love, and prosper, even after you have been totally shattered.


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Ralph Fletcher Speaking Schedule

   There may additions/deletions in the future, but this should be pretty accurate. 

October 17 and 18, 2013
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ
Contact: Michelle Rosen

November 3
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, Texas
Contact: Connie Briggs
Cbriggs1@twu. edu

November 4 and 5    Author Visit
Kincaid School
Houston, TX
Contact: Elizabeth Holloway

November 12
Contact:  Mary Jo Casilio

November 17-20
NCTE National Conference
Boston, Massachusetts
Presentation on Friday Nov. 20  at 4pm
“The Persistent Call of Stories”

December 4   Author Visit
Peaslee School
Northborough, MA
Contact: Melissa Farrell

December 5 Author Visit
Northeast School
Stamford, CT
Contact: Sandra McDonald

December 6 Author Visit
Jefferson Elementary School
New Rochelle, NY
Contact: Pamela Haas

December 10
Principals Meeting CFN 406
Brooklyn, NY
Contact: Karen Ames
January 11, 2014
The Learning Community
Contact: Christine Alves

January 28, 2014    Author Visit
Cottage Lane School
Blauvelt, NY
Contact: Willy Sullivan

January 29, 2014   Author Visit
North Street Elementary School
Greenwich, CT
Contact: Cheryl Heike

February 22, 2014
Ka Hui Heluhelu Conference
Honolulu, HI
Contact: Jody Chang

March 3-7, 2014
International School Bangkok
Bankok, Thailand
Contact: Elizabeth Rossini

April 7, 8, 9, 10   Author Visits
Merrimac, NH
April 7: Mastricola Elementary
April 8: Thorntons Ferry
April 9: Reeds Ferry
April 10” Upper Elementary
Contact: Conti, Sydney

April 11   Author Visit
Albert S. Hall School
Waterville, NH
Contact: Jen Allen

May 15   Author Visit
Friends Academy Middle School
Locust Valley, NY
Contact: Steve Rubenacker

May 20, 21, 22   Author Visits
Berkeley Heights, NJ
May 20:  Shrewbury Boro School
May 21: Little Silver School
May 22: Fair Haven School
Contact: Colleen Doogan

July 9-12, 2014
Australian Literacy Educators’ Association
Darwin, Australia
Contact: Helen Chatto