16 January 2011

Winter Sky, Kinney Road. Library sketches, potholders

Winter Sky

Winter sky, Kinney Road.

It's -8 on my barn thermometer. We put the donkeys in the barn, closed it up to keep the wind out. The barn cats aren't leaving their hay bales.

Tomorrow, breakfast with a friend, trading in my Tacoma truck for a smaller, greener SUV. Not a farmer's truck, that era is passing. I don't haul many hay bales around.

We are planning for the library tour:

Next Sunday, the 23: Pember Library, Granville, 2 p.m.

Monday, the 24th. Community library, Cobleskill, N.Y. Evening.

Tuesday, the 25th. Public library, Salisbury, Conn. Evening.

Wednesday, the 26th. Free Library of Northampson, Richboro, Pa. Evening.

Thursday, the 27th, 7 p.m. Rochambeau Branch, Hope Street, Providence, R.I. Evening.

Friday, the 28th, 2 p.m. Osterville Library, Cape Cod.

Friday, the 28th, 7 p.m., Scituate Library, Scituate, Mass.

Saturday, the 29th, 2 p.m. Edgartown Library, Martha's Vineyard.

I am touring on behalf of our embattled libraries. We need them and they deserve our support. Maria is going to sketch the library visits and turn some of the sketches into her artistic potholders. Very neat idea.

I will be talking about my work and ideas, and about libraries. I don't speak as a dog lover, or trainer, or to rescue or celebrate dogs, but as a writer exploring the emotional geography between people and pets. Great turf for a writer to think about. And to talk about. I'm looking forward to hitting the road again, on behalf of libraries, and also "Rose In A Storm." And my next book on grieving for pets, "Going Home: Finding Peace When Animals Die," out in October. My first kid's book, "Meet The Dogs of Bedlam Farm" is out in late April. Going to be a wild year. My agents says this will be a great year for me. I'm open to that.