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Shopping Bags, Weather, and Poetry Friday!


In between writing projects, I often get the urge to sew. And in between clothes-making projects, I make shopping bags to donate or give away. Since 2016, I've belonged to a group of volunteers who sew reusable shopping bags from donated fabric, part of the worldwide Boomerang Bags movement. Our goals are to reduce the use of "disposable" plastic bags and to keep usable fabric out of landfills. The pandemic put a stop to our monthly Sewing Bees, but we all still have stashes of fabric, and we keep plugging away when we can.


Plastic pollution is an enormous problem, and using a reusable shopping bag is a tiny solution. But I firmly believe that tiny solutions can add up to big change if enough of us implement them. In the meantime, remember to bring your reusable shopping bags when you shop!


Tabatha Yeatts is hosting today's Poetry Friday Roundup at The Opposite of Indifference. Enjoy!


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Day 2: What's That? Book Giveaway #2!

     What’s that flying from the tree?
     A kite? Balloon? A flag?
     Take a closer look and see:
     another plastic bag!

Especially since I wrote an educational book for kids about plastic, I’ve noticed it everywhere. There’s a bag flapping in a tree across the street that I can see from my window as I write this. Because it's such an important environmental issue, I'll come back to it again later this month. Stop by and see!

I'm giving away a copy of Write a Poem Step by Step every day in April. The book is based on my school visit presentations and includes a simple plan you can follow to create your own poems. I wrote it for students, teachers, and writers of all ages.

Post a comment here to enter. I'll choose one at random and drop a copy of Write a Poem Step by Step in the mail—U.S. addresses only, please. I’ll email you for your mailing address if you win. And if you don't win right away, please check back again. I'll have 31 copies to share!

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