Without A Woman

So, guess what? Today is “Without a Woman” day. Can you imagine? I mean really, can you imagine? Here’s what I imagine. A lot of kids forgetting their homework and lunch boxes, so more of them than usual having to eat lunch at school – oh, no wait, who is cooking the school lunch today? Oh, well, might as well skip school because two thirds of the teachers won’t be there. Well, shucks, the bus driver didn’t show up anyway. Frozen pizza night. Ok, I have to stop and go on with the blog.

This week I am again volunteering at Severance Middle School for their annual Hawk Cage event. Similar to Shark Tank, the students come up with an idea to make the world a better place and pitch it to volunteer “Entrepreneurs” and “Philanthropists.” It is always a joy to see how hard the students work on this project, how innovative they are, and what a great job their teachers have done in guiding them through the process. It is a terrific learning experience – for me as well. My hat is off to all of them.

Reconstruction on my YA novel is chugging along. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can. There are moments of feeling like I’m starting over – and I don’t like those moments, however, it will be better in the end so I am slogging through it. I feel pretty deep in the swamp right now.

Outside, a March wind is howling. This is one of those times I am very grateful for a job inside. I’ll soon be off on another National Park adventure. I can’t wait! In the meantime, there is a spring break with one grandchild, and when I return a second visit from another child on spring break, and then a visit from a grandchild that isn’t in school yet. Getting to see all the grandkids in one month’s time is pretty awesome, and rare. Lucky me.

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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