Kids for Coltrane

Archive for July 2009

I am grateful to Mrs. Obama for her deep understanding  of the importance of arts in education.  My students have flourished using Artful Thinking. To learn  about Artful Thinking, kindly read the research going on at Harvard University.  Shari Tishman, Steve Seidel, Ellen Winner, Lois Hetland and other esteemed members of Project Zero are proving the importance of Artful Thinking with their brilliant research.

http://www.pz.harvard.edu/Research/ArtThink.htm

Nestled in the beauty of the Vermont countryside is The Landgrove Inn…a magical bed and breakfast ….There was a point in my journey up north in which I am sure I drove right into a postcard…As I looked around it appeared to me that all the colors were richer in Vermont. The sky, mountains,  flowers were all very breathtaking. I had to force my eyes to stay on the road because they longed to look at the majesty surrounding me.
I went up to Vermont to write….I attended a summer writer’s workshop led by one of the most sure- footed women I have ever met…the marvelous children’s author/illustrator Barbara Seuling. I had the honor of learning from Barbara while sharing with other workshop participants.
We were treated like family, with warmth, consideration, and genuine respect from innkeepers and owners of The Landgrove Inn. The workshop included staying over at the B and B…the food was scrumptious, the rooms precious, and the acres of land fresh and energizing.
Innkeepers Maureen and Tom Checchia even built an exhibition building for artists and writers on the property. If you are looking for a time away from home… for creativity or solitude,or romance or family time, check out their site…it is now truly one of my favorite things…a world in which memories are made to be treasured for a lifetime.
I soon discovered the Landgrove area is populated with talented artists, actors, writers, and musicians. While in the dining room one morning after having just spoken about author/illustrator Don Bolognese’s work, I looked up and there he was having his Vermont breakfast with  his wife, artist Elaine Raphael…Everyone was friendly with great stories to tell.  What struck me the most was that this is a world in which people were indeed following their bliss.~Barbara it was a life altering experience working with you…and I will be writing every day now…I will block out that special time and stay focused. Yes, I will write that novel!! Thank you for your encouragement and your detailed  honest critiques. It is an experience that will be a beautiful part of the tapestry of my life.

Vermont Landgrove

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” - Ben Franklin


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