It was wonderful to be back in the classroom this school year. I didn't realize how much I missed the young writers' energy until my first in person residency. Also, this past year, I had the honor of getting to know a brave and feisty woman who served with the Ameican Red Cross during the Vietnam War. Her stories brought me laughter and tears. I wrote about many of them in a short story, "Not For The Faint of Heart". It was a finalist in the 2021 Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competiton. Writing is such a wonderful way for young people and adults to express themselves. It is a chance to be quiet in a world full of noise. I know as a child when I was faced with challenges, I often would find a place to write. My favorite place was under our silver maple tree in the back yard. There is nothing like creating a whole new world with your mind. I still love doing it to this day. Find your favorite place to write. You might be surprised where your imagination will take you.