Looking Forward

Posted October 22, 2012, under Tim's Blog

Princess (a half-wild mallard cross we rescued about a year ago) has decided she likes our home so much she wants to raise a family here. She got busy a few weeks ago, laying a total of fifteen (!) eggs before deciding to settle down and sit on them. Her boyfriend Attila is cruising back … Read More

Okay, getting back in the groove

Posted October 2, 2012, under Tim's Blog

I’ve been back home for a little over a week now and things are starting to feel normal again. After a manic tour of the Bay Area, I had only one show last week in Pasadena and one show coming up this Friday in San Diego; one show per week feels about right. Speaking of … Read More

Bay Area Tour Complete

Posted September 22, 2012, under Tim's Blog

In the last five days I went to six schools in the Sunnyvale/Cupertino area, played twelve sets totaling close to ten hours, ran fourteen writing workshops with kids ranging from kinder to fifth grade, played guitar until my fingers were about ready to fall off, and sang until my voice was just about ready to … Read More

Back again, for now

Posted September 6, 2012, under Tim's Blog

I enjoyed a truly fabulous week in Chicago at the World Science Fiction Convention. My show went well, I made some new friends and caught up with some old ones. I got to hang out with some of my favorite writers, artists, and musicians. If you’ve never been to a Worldcon, try to imagine a … Read More

Okay, I’m back… and I’m packing my bags again already.

Posted August 28, 2012, under Tim's Blog

It’s amazing how much can happen when I skip town for ten weeks. And yes, I had a lot of fun and did a ton of research and even some writing, but meanwhile… Griffin Education Solutions is now an official 501(c)3 non-profit corporation in the state of California! After 44 years of avoiding every kind of … Read More

I’m out of here

Posted June 24, 2012, under Tim's Blog

Okay, the kid is off to camp and the wife and I have our passports and two tickets to Paris. We’re off to look at some cave paintings and maybe eat some snails. If you need to reach me I will be checking email when I can, but be advised my access may be spotty. … Read More

Progress Report

Posted June 9, 2012, under Tim's Blog

This week I had the immense privilege of helping chaperone about seventy fifth-graders on a two-leg flight from Los Angeles to Philadelphia. We spent the week exploring Philadelphia, Valley Forge, and the Amish areas of Lancaster county. We met many fine historical re-enactors including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Betsy Ross, and some Scottish guy who … Read More

Maurice Sendak 1928-2012

Posted May 8, 2012, under Tim's Blog

Growing up in the 1970’s was scary. Our president turned out to be a crook, our soldiers were being shot to death every evening on television, an oil cartel held our economy hostage, and our biggest ally from the second world war had publicly vowed to bury us. Ironically, the scariest thing about it all … Read More

And Now, An Announcement

Posted April 11, 2012, under Tim's Blog

My leave from my teaching position is being extended indefinitely so I can move to the next stage in my plan for musical domination of the world: I’m starting a non-profit educational corporation for the distribution of educational music via streaming audio, download, and live performance. All for free. Details pending, but the basic idea … Read More

You look like someone I used to yell at a lot

Posted March 24, 2012, under Tim's Blog

When performing, I sometimes tell stories about teaching. I change or leave out the names, of course. I’ve often been told I should write a book of stories from my classroom, but I don’t think I could make it work. When James Herriot started writing about his veterinary adventures in All Creatures Great And Small … Read More