CHILDREN’S AUTHOR, POET, & WRITING TEACHER
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About
When I was a child in Vestal, New York, our home was surrounded by fields of chicory, goldenrod, teasels, and Queen Anne’s lace.  My sister Heidi, friends, and I made new forts each summer, pressing down flowers to make flat spots for hiding.  In winter, we’d pack snow forts around our mailboxes, and I would also play in my closet, pretending it was an elevator.  I collected shells, autographs, stuffed animals, and stickers, and made puppet shows, circuses, and crafts.  My parents loved us “no matter what”, and we always knew that.

From cookies to poems, I was and am always happiest making things.  The feeling of a hat growing from a strand of wool or a poem growing from a page of cross outs holds for me a twinkle of magic.  There was nothing…and now there is something…and I made it!  Making books feels extra magical because so many people work together, and what begins as just words on a page becomes something new as it is touched by agent, editor, illustrator, designer, and so many talented hands.
  
My growing-up years were filled with playing basketball, running cross country, and acting in plays. After graduating from Vestal High School, I lived for a year in Denmark as a Rotary exchange student and then studied English and teaching at SUNY Geneseo and Teachers College, Columbia University.  I loved teaching fifth grade at Heritage Heights Elementary School, and the kindnesses and lessons I learned from my students are still tucked into my heart.

Today I live in Holland, New York with my husband Mark and our three children:  Hope, Georgia, and Henry.  Our old farmhouse is bordered by field and forest, and we like to sing around bonfires and share good books with each other.  We do not own a television set, but we are well entertained by each others’ stories and the antics of our dogs, cats, and the wildlife all around.

Having been a notebook-keeper for many years, I write (usually in black pen) in many places: at my roll top desk, lying sockless in front of the heater, on my bed, or outside on a blanket or the flagstone path.  For me, though, writing does not always mean making marks on paper.  Sometimes my writing time is simply thinking time: daydreaming about a word or a line or a poem - lying on our couch, driving to a school, looking out the window at birds on a suet cake.

I am grateful for writing as it has been an excellent teacher to me.  Opening my heart and mind to “whatever comes” is great fun and very surprising.  The serendipity of discovery perfectly balances the hard work of revision, and I often find myself wondering what my pen will write and then looking forward to tinkering and cutting and beginning again.

Thank you very much for visiting my site.  May the joy of poetry and words find you everywhere you go!

I like:
knitting mittens
baking bread
reading books
listening to children
snuggling dogs
drinking tea
collecting leaves
learning jokes
writing in notebooks
picking berries
walking in forests
making popcorn
traveling anywhere
watching snow 
hearing cats purr
sleeping in tents
I don’t like:
walking into spiderwebs
eating water chestnuts
organizing anything
cracking knuckles
riding rollercoasters
choosing favorites
advertising to children
biting popsicle sticks

(Note: My list of likes is a lot longer than my dislikes, which is the way I think it should be.)

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