Sunday, May 23, 2010

Flowers bedded

I spent the weekend setting out all the flowers I grew from seed over the winter. It's lovely to see them nestled in their garden beds. I have a vision in my mind's eye of all their contrasting colors and textures.
As I do my research for my Earth Day book, I'm hyper aware of the environment around me, and my impact upon it. Every time I go to turn on a light, use a disposable, or have the urge to buy something, I ask myself, "Do I really need that?"
What ways have others found to lower their impact on the earth?

If you participated in the first Earth Day, I'd still love to hear from you. You can email me through my website

And the new and shiny tentative title for the book is: When Rivers Burned: Gaylord Nelson and Earth Day.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Earth Day Request

It's been a busy couple of months. I completed revisions on a fiction project and finished my bios for Women of the Prairie State. (It will be part of Apprentice Shop Books' American Notable Women series.) Plus I worked up a proposal for a new book.

Great news! My proposal was accepted! I'll be writing a book for grades seven and up, tentatively entitled, Gaylord Nelson and Earth Day for Apprentice Shop's new Once in America series.

The book will focus on the first Earth Day and its impact. I'm looking to interview folks from around the country who participated in that first Earth Day. (Since there were 20,000,000 demonstrators, some of you must be out there!) Please email me through my website if you're willing to share your Earth Day experiences with me. My website is: