GoFundMe Update for Super Bowl!

I just can’t tell you how amazing all the donors have been so far! Because of YOU, we are well on our way toward meeting our goal for the cookbook, and for helping Spoutwood Farm!

NOW is the time to keep the excitement going, spread the word, and make a pledge!

Waiting to watch the Big Game? Perfect time to buy a cookbook and support our project! No matter which team wins the Super Bowl, YOU are winners to us!

GoFundMe for Faerie Cookbook!

Join our adventure! Help get this Fabularious book published, and helpSpoutwood Farm Center at the same time! This is a 30-day campaign, so pledge early and pledge often! You’ll be glad you did!

First day Special—-TODAY ONLY—All backers pledging at the $35 level or higher will receive a Light-Up Fairy Wand, a $10 value! (while supplies last)

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JoAnne’s Fae alter ego, Fabularia, is publishing The Official Faerie Cookbook! Watch for details about the exciting crowdfunding effort for the book! Raise money that will also benefit Spoutwood Farm in Glen Rock, PA!

New Cookbook!

New Cookbook!

Food is so important to Fae folk that much of their time revolves around planning and preparing their feasts.  They love to try unique and interesting dishes, and they are always ready for something new to cross their table.  This book is a treasure trove of Fae culinary delights, with over one hundred recipes!  Many of the recipes are inspired by the amazing dishes I have tasted at the May Day Fairie Festival at Spoutwood Farm and other Faerie Festivals up and down the East coast. Quite a few of them are vegetarian, but can be easily adapted for non-vegetarian (i.e., meat) palates, or for vegans, as well. A number of lactose-free and gluten-free recipes have also been included.  Nearly all have been consumed with relish by my own family!  Every cook will be able to follow the easy-to-read step-by-step instructions to create Fae deliciousness!

Yule Night Lullaby

Yule Night Lullaby      


When the wind blows through the pine boughs,

may it rock you fast asleep,

fill your dreams with velvet visions,

fill your heart with true belief.

I will sing of winter journeys

as the moon rides through the sky,

sing a song of ancient wisdom,

sing a Yule Night lullaby.


May the secret of the Holly

show the way through sacred stones,

give you courage and conviction,

give protection as you roam.

As the harp strings turn the Great Wheel,

spinning stars in veiled designs,

bringing music with their magick,

bring a Yule Night lullaby.


Now the Stag joins with the Archer

so his arrows bring no harm,

as the Green Man and the woodlands

hold you softly safe and warm.

May the Goddess lead you lightly

with the Sidhe and all the Fae,

through the labyrinth of the Solstice

with a Yule Night lullaby.


© 12/12 JD

Haiku in the Streets Workshop Success!


Haikus in Hanover: Kids hit the streets at poem-writing workshop

It’s important to expose children to poetry at an early age, said poet laureate

By Lauren Linhard


@linhardreports on Twitter


Zakiya Alston gets help counting haiku syllables from her mom, Christine Miller, on July 14.

Zakiya Alston gets help counting haiku syllables from her mom, Christine Miller, on July 14. (Clare Becker – The Evening Sun)

Poet Laureate JoAnne Diodato bowed to the children attending the Haiku in the Streets workshop at Guthrie Memorial Library, asking “Now, who knows how to say hello in Japanese?”

The seven participants repeated “konnichiwa” to each other as they began the July 14 workshop on haiku poetry and the culture from which it originated.

Some of the students were as young as second grade, Diodato said, and the earlier you introduce children to poetry, the more likely they are to enjoy it as they grow up.

“Haikus are a more approachable form because it’s short and involves topics kids already have experience writing about,” Diodato said, adding that a haiku is a three-lined poem with a five-seven-five syllable pattern that communicates an emotion or experience related to nature.

A participant looks at the Japanese symbols for the seasons during the Haiku in the Street class taught by JoAnne Diodato on July 14.

A participant looks at the Japanese symbols for the seasons during the Haiku in the Street class taught by JoAnne Diodato on July 14. (Clare Becker – The Evening Sun)

“Making poetry fun shows them it’s not just something stuffy to learn about in school.”

It may sound easy, but expressing a thought in 17 syllables is pretty tough, Diodato said as she watched the kids help each other spell words and count syllables.

Once the poems were completed, group members went outside to decorate the library’s sidewalk with colorful chalk renditions of their work.

Eight-year-old Bella Crotty, who attended the workshop with her sister, said even though she doesn’t normally like poetry, the lesson was fun because she got to write her poem outside with chalk. Each line of her haiku, which was written about her favorite summer shoes, was in a different neon color and decorated with hearts.

Logan Reed was also excited to share his work with library-goers, commenting on how nice the sidewalk looks now with the group’s decorations. It gives people something to enjoy on their way to check out books, the seven-year-old said as he chalked out his haiku about reading.