Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup: collage

An art teacher and book lover
a collage-soup
Granny Torrelli

(Click on link to hop over there. . .)


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Student Art

One class of young readers offered their versions of book covers for The Boy on the Porch.  Below are a few.

You probably already know how much I love student art, right?

I especially loved seeing the elements that students chose as emblematic of the story: the blue tree, the shoes, the guitar, jelly beans, cow and dog.  Perfect.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Childhood Home

From the age of nine onward, this was my home in South Euclid, Ohio, shared with parents, four siblings and a cousin.

My sister, three brothers and I sat on those steps, ran round and round the perimeter, climbed the maple tree (at left), raked leaves, threw red rubber balls against the steps, played jacks and spud and tag, roller-skated on the sidewalk and washed those windows with vinegar and water.

Such a good, good place.

(With thanks to college student Anastasia Demor for the current photo.)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Crabby Crab

Strolling along the beach today
cool breeze sparkled water

met this fellow
skittering sideways:

left left left
right right right 

black beaded eyes swiveling 

missing a leg or two.

Poor crabby fellow
looking for a place
to hide.

He's hoping
I won't 

I'm hoping