I look forward to spring like most people with longer days of warmer weather, gardens blooming, and a calendar filling with seasonal activities. Instead, this spring welcomed me with notices on shop windows, bare shelves at grocery stores, and nonstop news reports on the fallout from COVID-19. Because April is National Poetry Month this would normally be a busy time for promoting my book, The Bunny Poets, but cancellations for readings and Meet and Greets are trickling in faster than I can write flyers and emails to keep people informed about them. So I’ll offer you my latest motto instead. Stay home, don’t touch anything that you didn’t disinfect first, and keep reading The Bunny Poets to your kids if you own my book, or please do order it! It’s not only fun, it’s also an educational approach for teaching children how to write poetry. You can buy my book directly from the publisher online at MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing, or Barnes and Noble, or BAM! Books a million. Love that name, BAM!
One bit of advice I read on a recent social media post that helps me to see this shelter-in-place order in a more positive light is to dig deep into your creativity. With me, I notice that if I can’t spend time with family and friends, or race around doing errands that aren’t necessary, I have more quality time with my muse. I’ve been keeping appointments open at my desk for her and she generally shows up most days. At least it keeps me quiet for an hour or two. And that makes me feel productive. What’s your latest creative endeavor?
Due to the state’s recent recommendations for limited social contact at least until the end of March, Napa Bookmine has postponed a special Easter Story Time. With weather permitting the new date is April 11th at 10:30 am and will be outdoors at the Oxbow Commons. Barbara Toboni will be reading The Bunny Poets along with author, Dr. Cheryl Palladino who will be reading her book, The Scrabbly Rabbit. See Napa Bookmine events for more details (and cancellations). Bring the little ones for fun and treats!