By : Sally Valentine

May 20 2016

May 20, 2016 Hello, Friend

I’ve been discovering that my grandkids are much better at social interactions with their peer group than I am. No matter where we go, if there are other kids close to their ages, they approach them with the eager words, “Do you want to play with me/us?” At times they’ve even tried to introduce me. […]

By : Sally Valentine

March 23 2016

March 5, 2016 The Fifth

Whenever I do a book talk someone inevitably asks which of the books that I’ve written is my favorite. I always respond that it’s like asking which of my children or grandchildren is my favorite. Impossible to say. This past fall, it so happened that the fifth novel in my Rochester series for kids was released in the […]

By : Sally Valentine

February 19 2016

February 19, 2016 Service

Earlier this winter I happened to stop at a gas station that I go to only when I’m in the neighborhood. It’s not my regular station. As soon as I pulled in, an attendant came out of the store and approached my car window. I was expecting him to tell me that the pumps weren’t […]

By : Sally Valentine

February 08 2016

February 8, 2016 Miracle

Last week I went to GEVA for the first time in quite awhile. Upon the recommendation of a couple of friends, I saw Miracle on South Division Street. One friend who recommended it said that it reminded her of my work because Tom Dudzick, the playwright, took a real landmark in Buffalo and created a […]

By : Sally Valentine

September 17 2015

September 17, 2015 Where do you read?

I don’t know if it has an official name, but I suffer from the fear of not having a book with me. Have you ever been in a doctor’s waiting room and panicked because you forgot your book? Yes, the magazines in the waiting room will do in a pinch, but I try to come […]

By : Sally Valentine

August 19 2015

August 19, 2015 Voice

  I’ve been spending as much time as possible outside this summer, and I’ve been paying more attention to the sounds of the birds, trying to distinguish each bird by its call. Some are easy. The shrill call of the cardinal matches its flaming red color and is unmistakable. Likewise the soft coos of the […]

By : Sally Valentine

July 20 2015

July 20, 2015 Cheerleader

It’s no secret that I love my grandchildren. I love them unconditionally just because they are. But one of the things I love about them is that they are cheerleaders for each other. For example, when Evie got up the courage to jump in the swimming pool with no one to catch him, Molly yelled, […]

By : Sally Valentine

May 28 2015

May 28, 2015 Compliment or Insult?

After posting all those poems in April, I was taking a little blogging break. This week I started thinking that I should get back to it, but nothing seemed worth blogging about. Today I got my inspiration. I was at the Riverside Convention Center helping to set up the prayer room for the ELCA Synod […]

By : Sally Valentine

April 30 2015

April 30, 2015 Next

Here we are – the last day of April. This is the last poem I’ll be posting for a while, but I’ll be out looking for poetry in everything I see and do. How about you?   Next   So long, April. It’s been fun, but just one of those flings. Didn’t I tell you […]

By : Sally Valentine

April 29 2015

April 29, 2015 For Gary

Today is my husband Gary’s birthday so I’m posting this poem for him. Gourmet Dining I cooked my love a dinnerfit for kings and queensAnd what did my beloved say?“I think I’ll have some beans.” Turkey, yams, and stuffing,potatoes, squash and greens,I heaped the fine food higher.He said, “Where are the beans?” Shrimp and clams […]