National Joe the Crab Month? Really?
Speaking Engagements? Yes Please!
Joe and I are looking for more speaking engagements as April has been a little dryer (not a little washer, heh) than we planned. Please let me know if you'd like us to come out---we'd love to meet you all!
Still Praying for Those in Need in Boston
As we too often have to learn, people will do evil even to horrific and mind-numbing levels. They'll do it to the pure & good, and to those they don't even know or have a quarrel with.
So let's pray that those in need will be comforted, healed and strengthened despite this tragedy at the Boston Marathon yesterday. And let's also pray that the London Marathon coming next week will go off without problems or tragedy.
What is Joe "Diggin' On" These Days?
As most anyone knows who has seen me, and Joe, speak at an event or even chit-chat, we like to say, "I 'dig' this" or "Joe digs such-and-such". It's sort of a "hip" or "cool" expression that probably dates back to the 1950's or even further back. (I guess that's part of why it's 'cool'.) Plus, crabs, Joe included, do a lot of digging in the sand from day-to-day. So 'dig' it!
By the way, Joe, please stop doing that in my backyard when you're visiting my place.
Anyway, here are some of the things Joe is 'diggin' on' these days...
-Atlas Genius: they're an alternative rock band from Australia. Joe's fave song of theirs right now is "On a Day".
-The NCAA Hoops Tournament: no "Fightin' Crabs" schools but Joe loves how an underdog like the Wichita State Shockers got to the Final 4. "But what's a 'shocker'?" Joe asks.
My answer is: "Me having a winning bracket."
-News that Premier League Football is coming to St. Louis in May---Chelsea and Manchester City!
We'll be there.
-Opening Day in Baseball: a big deal in a lot of places around the US and huge here in St. Louis even though the Cardinals are opening out in Arizona. Play ball!
Joe gripping a bat? Well, that's another challenge...
Joe the Crab's Thought of the Day
Joe the Crab wonders: "Are there more stars than snowflakes?"
Good Reviews for Joe the Crab
Well as we head into the Spring Break span on the US calendar my availability as a speaker opens up just a bit. I'm happy to speak to schools as you know but I do speak to folks over the age of 12, even adults! :)
Also, it's nice to have good reviews on the book side of things and they continue to roll in:
Joe the Crab Teaches Without Being Preachy
Thank you for the latest one, Linda Austin. Also an author, please give her a serious look if you enjoy both memoirs, "Cherry Blossoms in Twilight", and poetry, "Poems That Come to Mind":
Linda Austin, MoonbridgeBooks
The Speaking Tour Continues
Though last week was crazy good on the speaking and book ends (get it, "book ends"?...ahem), it continues this week as we hit Kellison Elementary this morning. We spoke to the entire 5th grade and the time just flew. It felt like we were there for five minutes!
We talked a little about bullying and the other issues Joe the Crab faces in his books, and about the entire publishing process. Joe's illustrator, Jennifer Stolzer, joined us too.
Thank you, Kellison!
And, this is me afterwards...it's so bright, I shoulda worn shades.
Middle School Focuses Entire Day on Bullying
Kudos to the Parkway School District in St. Louis for doing this:
School Dedicates Day to Bullying Ed
Thanks Eureka Elementary
So enjoyed speaking with the entire 1st grade class at Eureka Elementary school earlier this week...they're "wildcat" about reading, writing and being creative. Thanks for having me, you all---here's to the Wildcats!
Sucessful Speaking Events
Thanks to Eureka Elementary, the CCL and Kehrs Mill Elementary for having Joe and me out this week---we're also looking forward to the rest of our speaking engagements over the next 3 days.
We hope to have some pics to show you soon!
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