Hello, I’m Ollie. It’s nice to meet you. Welcome to my blog. First things first: Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for reading! I’m overjoyed that my writing would receive an audience.  Until recently, I’ve kept it to myself- scribbled into journals, onto paper napkins, and sometimes post-it notes when some thought or image caught me at work…

Speaking of work…

I am a school teacher and children’s librarian.   My work in a small private school has given me the opportunity to explore many of my interests. In the past 8 years I have taught elementary school, art, drama, and music. I have written and directed musicals for my students, worn silly costumes, and earned some very, crazy nicknames. I look great with a moustache. I bake the BEST apple pies, and, just to let you know how talented I am, I can even bake apple pies while wearing a moustache (this is very hard to do).

Hey Weirdo, What for are you blogging?

I started this blog to share my search for a more adventurous, purposeful life, and I hope you find something here that encourages you in your own search.  In April of 2015 I began to write more poetry through National Poetry Month’s Write a Poem a Day celebration.  It sort of stuck, in a good way, and now my blog has morphed into another adventurous pursuit.

Who drew that bird picture?

I did.  All of the writing and art in this blog is my own original work.  Some of the photos though, are from free public domain sites like

Why do you blog? Someone might steal your magical ideas.

Um, thanks.  I’d like to think my ideas were magical, but are yours.  Share them! Why do I blog? I’m not sure why.  I’m also not sure why I eat carrots, but it sounds like a good idea, right? The art, poetry and prose in my blog is copyrighted.  If you want to quote it elsewhere please ask permission first (I’ll say yes) and  be sure to cite my pen name: Ollie, and website correctly.

Here is an ‘official’ copyright statement (I got it from WordPress – they’re so great):

© Ollie (pen name) and, 2014-present. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Ollie and with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

All the bloggers I know are hippies…

Really? Yay! I’m a HIPPIE…I LOVE being a hippie.  Hippies are great.

…are you a Hippie?

I am now.

Why don’t you publish your stuff in a REAL place, like literary magazines and journals?

  1. This is how I do.
  2. I’m a sucker for instant gratification.
  3. Define REAL…this isn’t ‘Real’?  Way to dig into the philosophy Homes.  You want to get Metaphysical and Ontological with me, bring it.  I ACED philosophy, so basically, prepare to get eaten.
  4. I have nothing against literary magazines and journals, I’m just a very impatient person.

Why do you use a Pen Name?

Shhh! It’s a secret.

With all love,