After such a swirly spring, I’m home celebrating the spirit of adventure and new ventures. A few years ago, my brother and I took 8 teachers to Ethiopia for a teacher-to-teacher sharing. Out of that came a Fulbright-Hayes grant, awarded to K-State (alma mater of one of the 8 teachers). I’m hard at work lining up interesting experiences in Ethiopia for 12 adventuresome teachers for July. (Signed copies of Lanie still at www.ethiopiareads.org)
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=15843&id=100000602567895&l=bb92ad8ad9 for some gorgeous and fascinating photos of that last time I traveled to Ethiopia with teachers.
Middleton, WI—May 17, 2010: American Girl®, a division of Mattel, Inc., today announced plans to open its newest experiential retail store at Oak Park Mall, the premier regional mall in the Kansas City metropolitan area located in Overland Park, Kansas.
New adventures are bubbling out of an author presentation I did in Portland in May (with my brother) at a very cool gardening school. I got a chance to meet one of the real champions of orangutans–a young starfish thrower who spoke with great poise about orangutans. She’s making a difference in the world. Ditto with the teacher who set up the visit and who is buying a classroom set of my brother’s novel (just released in May) to continue her work of getting kids excited about reading.
And the last thrilldom tidbit? A birthday! Wowee three. Back in Ethiopia, where my grandson’s mom grew up, I don’t know whether birthdays are such a big deal. (Hiwot sure wasn’t picky about getting the number of candles right.) But daycare is full of birthday talk. (In fact, whenever we offended my granddaughter this spring, she said, “You’re not invited to my birthday party.”) So around here, birthdays are as big as it gets.