Holland's "8 and Under" All Stars
Photo by Amy LV
Last night was one good game for the Holland "8 & Under All Stars". Watching these young boys play baseball, I feel my own blood rush with excitement, and the drama of one-batter-at-a-time keeps families and friends happily hopping and cheering. After yesterday's game ended, my friend Bonnie asked, "Why don't you write a poem about THIS?" Thank you, Bonnie...I did!
Students - We all have things that work us up. For good or bad, nervous or excited...big emotions stir the spirit. And from this spirit-soup, poems rise as steam. So watch and listen to yourself. If you get all worked up about something, know that others probably do too. Therein lies your poem-connection. This is what both readers and writers hope for: a connection.
Now, for something completely different and important. Yesterday, many thanks to Toby Speed's Twitter post, I learned about Ripple Sketches. Artist Kelly Light has come up with one way to support helping the animals in the gulf. She has invited artists to create and donate small works of art. Her blog, Ripple Sketches, explains:
"Each sketchcard on this blog is $10.00. The $10.00 is a donation to help the animal victims of the Deep Water Horizon Gulf Oil Spill. Every penny is donated. The two Non-Profits that are benefiting are The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies and The International Bird Rescue Research Center. You can purchase a card if you donate directly to one of the non-profits and email me the confirmation and your address to firstname.lastname@example.org. The artist will mail you the signed card."
Yesterday I "bought" two small and exquisite works of art, and you can see them at Cathy Delanssay's Goutte de rosee and at Shirley Ng-Benitez's Shirley's Illustrations. I encourage to you visit Ripple Sketches and join in this well-planned, good-hearted, and artistic effort. It is sad and inspiring to look at these lovely sketchcards, all donated by generous artists.
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