Former Chautauquan Wins National Book Award

There’s no news quite as wonderful is learning that one of our writing “peeps” has grabbed the brass ring. Kathryn Erskine, who attended the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop at Chautauqua as well as taking part in at least one Founders Workshop at Boyds Mills just won the National Book Award in the children’s category for…

Meticulosity

The word for today’s post is┬ámeticulosity. It means “taking extreme care over the details.” It’s the word that came to mind when I looked down on the luminous mandala you see in this photo. Drepung Loseling monks from South India created this intricate sand mandala in the Collins Gallery of the Multnomah County Library here…

Who Will You Thank?

I just finished reading Libba Bray‘s Going Bovine. What a ride! It’s about a teen who gets mad cow disease and goes on the road trip of his life in search of a cure. If you’re up for physics mixed with myth mixed with music and don’t mind a bit of head-spinning along the way,…

Say “Yes” to Your Writing!

A very accomplished author friend of mine recently sent me an email in which she told me she’d just received a contract for a picture book. She mentioned how relieved she was, after months of waiting, to finally have a new contract. An illustrator friend (with more than fifty books to his credit) told me…

The Importance of Morning

For the past few mornings, I’ve been getting outdoors earlier. The sky is just beginning to brighten. Light has a different quality–a freshness–as if the world creates itself anew each day. Energy shimmers at the threshold between darkness and light. It seeps into me and I think, “Why don’t I do this every day?” Why…