Big feet and trash can to fill

In honour of Carroll Spinney, I present to you two of my favourite storytime socks.

Image of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch socks

The cuffs of the socks read as follows:

Big Bird: I like big books.

Oscar: Go away! I’m reading!

Big Bird modeled wonder, astonishment, gentleness, and curiosity for me. Oscar taught me it’s okay to express my emotions, whatever they might be. No surprise then, that these two marvelous beings still sing at me and inform my work four decades later. My favourite picture of Carroll Spinney shows him performing Oscar while wearing Big Bird’s legs. Proof that these disparate creatures can (and often did) inhabit the same body.

I love this tribute to Carroll Spinney from Judy Gold. We are not alone, dear friends.

Dinosaur Hugs!

A tiny person climbed right up in my lap today while we were reading about dinosaurs at Locke Street Farmers’ Market! She wrapped me in a glorious hug and then settled in to stay! Storytime is such a joy for me and I am deeply thankful when I get concrete reminders that tiny people appreciate our time together, too (even if it means I need extra help turning pages because my arms are trapped!).

Thank you, tiny person! ❤ 🦖

Writing Workshop Wonderland!

I’ll be away from my Saturday home at Locke Street Farmers’ Market on September 07 so I can take two writing workshops with Marie Louise Gay! She’s in Guelph that day as part of the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival. First up is “Inspiring Children to Write,” followed by “Writing for Children.” I am so excited to spend the day with Stella maven and curly hair inspiration MLG! ♥️

Locke Street Farmers’ Market Folks, you are in goooood hands on 09/07! Graemazing will be at Market to amuse and amaze! Locke Street Family Day is also happening 11AM-4PM, with bucketloads of fun, including a bouncy castle, face painting, and lots of family entertainment.

I’ll be at Donut Monster (Locke) for storytime on September 10. When I return to Market on September 14, we’re going to sing songs and read stories about books and reading!

May is Busy for Lightbulb Heart!

Books Aloud - Friday Morning Stories

May 10 — I’ll be back at Epic Books for Books Aloud at 10:30AM. Books Aloud is an ongoing Friday morning song and storytime led by the likes of Lisa Pijuan-Nomura, Karen Ancheta, Sue Littleton, and me! Locke St. is under construction, so please leave extra time for parking.

Rehearsals, rehearsals, rehearsals…

**NEW!** May 19 — promoting the Mind Play Theatre Festival on Centre Stage with Lyla Miklos on 101.5 FM The Hawk

**NEW!** May 21 — Storytime at Donut Monster, 10:30 AM

May 25 — I’m helping to coordinate the First Annual Hamilton Silly Walk. We’ll meet at Gore Park for silly micro-workshops and silly stretching and then silly walk our way to City Hall. My friend Shahzi had the idea for the walk when she saw a news piece about a town in Hungary that does one for April Fool’s Day. We’re doing it to raise awareness of Mental Health Month and for our own sanity. After last summer’s Easy-bake Road Trip, this kind of playing feels like second skin. We’re hoping to expand the event in 2020 to include a full day of silly events. #sillyhamont

May 29 — I start taking a month long Creative Process course taught by Hamilton collage artist and storytelling dynamo Lisa Pijuan-Nomura!


May 31 and June 01 — Lightbulb Heart makes its official performance debut at Mind Play Theatre Festival!  Although I’ve been in the theatre for almost 3 decades, this will be the first public performance of work under my own umbrella. I’ll be performing Karaoke Visiting Hour, memoir monologue about the only time I’ve ever sung karaoke and my 12 year boxing match with muscle tension dysphonia. If you want to find out how I’m starting to win that fight, please join me and 6 other companies for Hamilton’s premiere mental health play festival at The Staircase.

Yay, May!

What’s in the Book Bin?

Several people have asked for a list of the books in my easybakeheart roadtrip book bin, so here it is! I chose tales of compassion for self or others, of imagination, and of knowing/finding one’s own self. (*indicates a book purchased on the road)

Title Author Illustrator
Across the Alley* Michelson, Richard Lewis, E.B.
After the Fall Santat, Dan
Baabwaa & Wooliam Elliot, David Sweet, Melissa
Bats at the Library Lies, Brian
Billy’s Booger Joyce, William
Book of Mistakes, The Luyken, Corinna
Crysanthemum* Henkes, Kevin
Dog Loves Books Yates, Louise
Feeling.* Johnson, Dylan
Freedom Summer Wiles, Deborah Lagarrigue, Jerome
Giggle, Giggle, Quack* Cronin, Doreen Lewin, Betsy
Giraffes Can’t Dance Andreae, Giles Parker-Rees, Guy
Golden Rule, The Cooper, Ilene Swiatkowska, Gabi
Gossie Dunrea, Olivia
Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau Beaty, Andrea Roberts, Dan
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans* Nelson, Kadir
Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad Levine, Ellen Nelson, Kadir
I Like Myself!* Beaumont, Karen Catrow, David
I Will Never Get a Star on Mrs. Benson’s Blackboard* Mann, Jennifer K.
If You Plant a Seed* Nelson, Kadir
In My Heart: A Book of Feelings Witek, Jo Roussey, Christine
Let the Children March Clark-Robinson, Monica Morrison, Frank
Little Blue Truck Leads the Way Schertle, Alice McElmurry, Jill
Miss Rumphius Cooney, Barbara
Not a Box* Portis, Antoinette
Quiet Place, The Stewart, Sarah Small, David
Rabbit’s Wedding, The Williams, Garth
Rainbow Fish, The Pfister, Marcus
Rufus Goes to Sea* Griswell, Kim T. Gorbachev, Valeri
Ruth and the Green Book Ramsey, Calvin Alexander (with Gwen Strauss) Cooper, Floyd
Story Book Knight, The Docherty, Hellen and Docherty, Thomas
Story of Ferdinand, The Leaf, Munro Lawson, Robert
The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do Spires, Ashley
These Hands* Mason, Margaret H. Cooper, Floyd
This is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration Woodson, Jacqueline Ransome, James
What Do You Do With An Idea?* Yamada, Kobi Besom, Mae
Whistle for Willie Keats, Ezra Jack

Want to know what other books are in my collection? My full Storylady Library is available on Goodreads!