I am Dixie Dawn Miller Goode. My favorite protagonist is a young boy with Cerebral Palsy. "Duffy Barkley walks on four legs," the kids tease, because he uses crutches. There are many things Duffy has to work extra hard to accomplish, but no-one can tell him "No!"
This Blog has things that somehow tie into my Duffy Barkley books, or into my writing, including the time twisted, Double Time: On The Oregon Trail and my various kids picture books.
Monday, February 2, 2015
Mostly, I want to say that I can't believe it is already one full month into 2015 and once again one of those almost forgotten holidays that still means a lot to me. Here we have not even had winter yet. My April flowers are blooming and there has not been one morning that I had to scrape the frost on my car window. The grass is green and the weather ranges from high forties to mid seventies. While I enjoy that, it makes the idea of next Autumn a bit worrisome and makes it feel doubly strange to bewitching Happy Groundhog's Day to anyone.
But Groundhog's Day has too much meaning in my life for me to ever forget it. My great Grandmother was born on Feb. 2, 1875 and my Nephew was born on Fev. 2, 1972 and I loved them both intensely and sobbed broken heartedly when they died, Little Grandma at 98 and Cody, far too young. So there is a shadow on this day every year now, but also the joy of having loved so well.
Here is the weather we have been having in one picture.
and the skies and flowers are so, very spring-like already
But this last weekend I did get to get on the road with a bus full of Brookings Harbor Music Students and go up near Portland, Oregon for the International Competitive Collegiate A cappella, West quarterfinal. It was a lot of bus time but on beautiful roads and a lot of concert time, but so talented and varied that we had a great time.
I have also just finished a nearly 3 month, long term Substitute teaching job with really wonderful students and a chance to be creative with paint and writing and kids. My favorite kind of way to spend time.
and even though I haven't finished a new book recently, I have been back at the typing and dreaming and there has been progress on Duffy's Third trip to Uhrlin. He still has a lot to do but this time he isn't as young or as alone.
So there you have it. My life has been fun and creative and semi-productive. I hope yours has as well. Welcome to February. And to Cody, and Little Grandma, you are remembered.