Friday, December 17, 2010

Diane's Next Chapter--for Poetry Friday

Poetry Friday is at the Poem Farm today. Thank you, Amy! 

Today's poem is about my friend Diane's next new chapter.

Diane Applebaum, magnificent manager of West Los Angeles' esteemed  Children's Book World, is smart, inspiring and brimming with enthusiasm.  She's helped owner Sharon Hearn make this indie the fabulous and deservedly famous bookstore it is.  She's been a guest speaker in my classes for years; students rave about her.

This is the Children's Book World logo

Diane apparently needs more time to snowshoe, heli-hike and explore the world...because, after 24 years, she's retiring.

I wanted to write something to commemorate my friend and her adventuring spirit.  What kept whirling around my head was a poem that sounds like the chorus to a song.  So here's the chorus, Diane.  The rest of the song, like your next verse, has yet to be written.

by April Halprin Wayland

Three cheers, dear friend, hip, hip, for you!
You surely have a better view.
You've climbed the whole dang mountain
(didn't hitch a heli-ride)
be sure and send a howjado
when you reach the other side.

                                Diving into her new chapter

We six TeachingAuthors are taking a break until January 3rd.  Have a love-filled, warm and toasty holiday season and come back here January 3rd ready to dive into YOUR new chapter in the New Year!

poem and drawing (c) by April Halprin Wayland


  1. Oh, there's nothing like a wonderful independent bookstore! All best to Diane in her new chapter. And thank you for your words about poems as gifts. What could be better? A.

  2. What an inspiring person and what a lovely tribute!

  3. Thank you, Amy and Carlie...she truly is a terrific woman and bookseller!

  4. Great tribute and a very Merry Christmas to all of you and your loved ones!... and a happy New Year!!

  5. An excellent parting gift for your friend.

  6. Ah, my former colleague! I can't believe she's retiring! I spent many wonderful years working at Children's Book World. I wish Diane the best of luck.

  7. Thank you for commenting, Jet. And Madigan...she promises to come back for special events--Sharon says that Diane is now officially an emeritus bookseller.
    : ^ )


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