One of the most rewarding things I've done recently was to jump in at the last minute to teach the English portion of a summer course for Upward Bound. These kids, mostly from central Washington, amazed and delighted me. This is what the future looks like. It is bright. (Look closely and you'll see Helen surrounded by her new friends.)
I'm so pleased that after thinking about this project for nine years, Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers will be publishing it.
Now I just have to get some writing done.
Note: This fabulous photo was taken by Dutch photographer Ellen Van Deelen. Her work with rats is amazing.
At a fundraiser for the Eastern Washington University--and rodeo team, I rode the bull. I earned the fancy silver and gold belt buckle at a Ride and Tie Championship. I would not win one for bull riding. Seconds after this was taken, I was on my back. Fortunately I didn't have to worry about getting stomped. The guy had no feet.