I spent the day with my mom yesterday. I had a Groupon that I got a while back for massages and facials, so we went to Shadyside and had lunch and were adequately pampered. It was a good day. Especially the part when I got my mom buzzed at 3 in the afternoon. That was highly amusing.
I'm going to miss her a lot when I move. We talk just about everyday. My mom is good at just hanging out. We watch TV or putter around the house. Chat. It will be tough to talk daily with the time difference. I will miss that.
Here is a poem I wrote inspired by the little nuggets of wisdom my mom spouts at random.
This week I have a workshop at Fleeting Pages! I'm super exited about it. I've decided to make the focus about producing new work, rather than getting feedback on old work. I think I will tell people to email me with poems they would like to have "officially" workshopped. I'm planning some really fun writing activities, including making some mini books and poem cards we can give away to people at the store right then.
I think I might also do a similar project with my students this week. It's really easy to make a little book out of a piece of paper. I watched a video about how to make a book with one piece of a paper and scissors (below). I'm really stoked to teach this to my students. We can write stories, make books and then perhaps even sell them at Fleeting Pages.
If you haven't been there yet, you should check it out. You should also bring some artwork to display or create a workshop or run an open mic night. Anything! It's a big community project and they are open to all kinds of ideas.