Book Preview & Birthday Celebration!

Red Fox - art by Jane Valencia (c) 2011
Red Fox – art by Jane Valencia (c) 2011

You are invited!

When: Saturday, July 27, 2013

Time: 7-9:30PM

Where: Plain Old Farm (contact us for location)

Cost: None! Just bring yourself, family, friends. We invite you to bring a snack, dessert, or drink to share. See the end of this post for what else you might bring.

If you plan to come, or might come, please RSVP.

About the Event:

Because Of The Red Fox is close to publication!  I’m also about to celebrate a significant birthday (hint: how many stars are on our US flag?). I have vowed to family and friends, and now to all of you, that my manuscript will be complete by this event. All that will  be left to do will be copy-edits and some book production miscellany. The story itself will be done. No more revisions!

So, if you happen to be on an enchanted island in Puget Sound, come join us! The first hour will be devoted to stepping into the world of the Red Fox. I’ll read some from the book and share some tales. We’ll have music and some magical nature fun. We’ll also enjoy yummy food and good company around a lovely fire in the beautiful outdoors amidst some amazing and friendly trees.

My mom, Joyce Kiefer, who is a published poet and writer and with whom I share a birthday (she is turning a significant age as well) will share a couple of poems. We’ll have other surprises, too, as this event is very much a celebration of the magic of life here on the island and of my communities, all of which are woven into my novel in some form or another.

It promises to be a special evening, one that will be even more inspiring if you join us!

Please also bring: a chair or blanket and anything else you might need to be comfortable outside. If you can, please bring your own plates, utensils, & cups. Do you play an instrument? Tell stories? Want to share a song? We’ll have time for stories, music games, and more from all of us.

I hope you can come!


Singing For The Whales!

In which the Cantiamo Girls Choir of Ottawa sings some fabulous African songs for whales. The Whales seem to love it! I’m deeply moved and delighted when I witness or experience heartful exchanges between humans and wild nature.

Have you shared magic moments between yourself and a creature of the wild? Feel free to share your story in the comments box below!

The Wolf, The Fox, And the Weasel

A few songs have everything to do with my soon-to-be-released children’s magical nature novel. I just came across a version of a song that I’ve played on the harp for a couple of decades now, and which is a variation of “I Hear The Wolf And The Fox And Weasel” (or vice versa), which appears briefly in the book.

I don’t know what I like better about this video–the wonderful double-reed music of bombardes and bassoon, the song in both English and French, or the fun put-together picture of the Weasel, Fox, and Wolf.

For more about my relationship with this song, please see my article, written in 2005 or so, Songline: I Hear The Wolf And The Fox And The Weasel