Favorite Poem #3: “Invitation” by Shel Silverstein

When I was a child, my father gave me Where the Sidwalk Ends. And with every book he gave me, he gave me something quite intangible–a love of reading. On my sixteenth, it was a stack of books. And somewhere along the way, he gifted me the Biograhpy of John Steinbeck. (If you’ve read NBTAM, you realize the significance of that!) Back then, perhaps, I muttered, “Thanks for book, Dad,” but now, I am very grateful for all of them. Without them, I may have never found a love for reading…become an English teacher…and written a book…

 

INVITATION

If you are a dreamer, come in

If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,

A hope-er. a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…

If you’re a pretender, come sit by the fire

For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.

Come in!

Come in!

Perhaps, I should have posted this on day one. It’s so inviting–just like a good poem. I have known many teachers who have posted this on the door to their classroom. 🙂

Favorite Poem #2: “Sonnet 18” by William Shakespeare

My personal library, which includes several editions of the sonnets, reflects my complete  fascination with Shakespeare’s work. And even though most scholars agree that Sonnet 18 (as well as the first 126 sonnets) was written to a young male, this sonnet lives on as one of the most romantic verses of all time. The final couplet alone is poetry at its best!

SONNET 18

Shall I compare thee to a Summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And Summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And oft' is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd:
But thy eternal Summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wanderest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:

So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

Favorite Poem #1: “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost

My first selection is one of my mother’s favorite poems, and just like the poem’s message, she has always encouraged me to take the road “less traveled by.”

THE ROAD NOT TAKEN

-by Robert Frost-

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

 

Yes, the poem is about choices, and life is full of tough ones. Frost admitted that the poem was about a friend who had gone off to war, and no matter which path he took, he would regret his choice. Sometimes we choose the path “less traveled by,” or the rough road, thinking it will yeild greater rewards. And yet like the traveler, we look back with a sigh always wondering if the other way would have been better.

 

 

TV Interview

On Thursday, March 25th, I was interviewed on Fox 19 News (Cincinnati). This was my very first TV appearance as an author, and the experience was amazing. Everyone at the station was wonderful, and the host made me feel right at home. So here it is:

http://www.fox19.com/global/Category.asp?C=151146&clipId=&topVideoCatNo=15048&topVideoCatNoB=109491&topVideoCatNoC=104760&topVideoCatNoD=141804&topVideoCatNoE=142722&clipId=4649958&topVideoCatNo=106645&autoStart=true

National Poetry Month

I am still a teacher at heart, and when I think April, I think National Poetry Month. Here is this month’s line-up for the blog:

April 5-9: My Top 5 Favorite Poems

April 12-16: The Lesser-Known Poets (featuring poems from my friends)

April 19-23: Poetry Workshops (a few easy poetry lessons)

April 26-30: Student Poetry (featuring students’ work from schools i have visited) 

Here is a great site to celebrate poetry this month: http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/41

National Poetry Month

Book Tour: March 2010 (Kentucky, Ohio, Minnesota)

I’ll be heading to Cincinnati on Tueday to resume my book tour. Upcoming events include a Fox 19 Morning News interview and a book signing at Barnes & Noble (Newport on the Levee). Check out my upcoming events below, or for complete details, follow this link: http://booktour.com/author/kimberly_blackadar
 
Upcoming Events
 

 

Wednesday, March 24, 7:55 AM

Newport High School

900 East Sixth Street, Newport, KY 41071

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Thursday, March 25, 8:15 AM, EST

TV Event

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Friday, March 26, 7:00 AM

Batavia High School

800 Bauer Avenue, Batavia, OH 45103

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Friday, March 26, 8:00 PM

Barnes & Noble Booksellers – Newport on the Levee

1 Levee Way Suite 2127, Newport, KY 41071

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Monday, March 29, 6:30 PM

Jazz Cafe

4616 Colorado St Ste 102, , Prior Lake, MN 55372

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Saturday, April 10, 12:30 PM

Lonsdale Public Library

1000 Birch Street NE, Lonsdale, MN 55046

Free Book Giveaways!

Yes, you read that correctly. This month two of my favorite blogs are hosting giveaways for Nothing but Trouble after Midnight. Below you’ll find info about the blogs, the contests, the deadlines, and the links to enter:

ANN CRABS

  • About the Blog: This blog is great for freebies, contests, and eco-friendly tips. It is run by a SAHM, and if you sign up for an email subscription, she sends out periodic updates about those not-to-miss giveaways.
  • The Contest: The blog is offering the book–plus a coffee mug featuring the new NBTAM merchandise design (not available anywhere…yet!).
  • Deadline: March 31, 2010
  • Link: http://ann-crabs.blogspot.com/2010/03/nothing-but-trouble-after-midnight-book.html

DEBUT AUTHOR’S BLOG

  • About the Blog: Well, the blog’s co-founder posted a review for a novel featured on Free Book Friday (one of my favorite sites ever!) and that is how I stumbled across it. Basically, this new site promotes debut novels by posting release dates, reviews, interviews, and contests. A must-read site for book lovers and authors.
  • The Contest: The blog is giving away two books: Nothing but Trouble After Midnight and the The Line by Teri Hall.
  • Deadline: The contest ends when the site reaches 50 followers. (The last time I checked, they were up to 38…so hurry!)
  • Link:  http://www.debutauthorsblog.com/Blog/Blog.php?id=1285979285919657495

Good luck! 🙂