Submission Serenity (Lady Fishing) – Millennial Reach Contests

Submission Serenity (Lady Fishing) – Millennial Reach Contests.

I entered a competition where my photo may get licensed as the background image for Big Fish Bingo, a cool iPad and iPhone bingo game. Please click the link to vote for me!

Arts Integration Seminar at the Kennedy Center

Watergate Building

Watergate Building

On my walk this morning to the Kennedy Center, I passed the Watergate Building. It is a beautiful day today.

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts



View from the terrace at the Kennedy Center

View from the terrace at the Kennedy Center



This seminar is awesome!  I love being in Washington D.C. and being at the Kennedy Center.  I have met a Russian woman whose art form is Russian nesting dolls. I have met a metal sculptor from Yonkers, New York. I have met a storyteller from Evanston, Illinois.

So much exciting information and energy.

I will leave you with the Kennedy Center’s definition of Arts Integration:

Arts Integration is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both.


View of Arlington Cemetery from the Kennedy Center. It was comforting to say good morning to my parents, who are buried together at Arlington. I am going to visit them while I am in D.C.

I love this country.

I love this country.


Terrace at Kennedy Center which goes all around the building offering panoramic views of D.C.

Terrace at Kennedy Center which goes all around the building offering panoramic views of D.C.


All photos by Megan Oteri 


Hope. Wish. Dream. Be.

Hope. Wish. Dream. Be.

I really should be packing for my trip to Washington D.C. I leave tomorrow morning. I am flying into D.C. I am going to the Kennedy Center’s National Seminar for Teaching Artists. I am a professional teaching artist. If you are looking for a writing workshop for your school, business, organization, or group, check out the workshops I offer. I can tailor workshops to meet your needs too.

I spent the day cleaning, which is what I do when I need to be doing other things.

And here I am creating when I should be packing. I don’t like packing because it involves so many decisions. I am not very fond of decisions. Call me indecisive. Call me an Aries. I short circuit.

So, I am creating and this is what I created. I have made a commitment to watermarking my photos no matter how long it takes me. I do feel it takes away from the photo. I am still learning so much professionally.

Well, better get to packing. I hope you like the flower.

I host brain tumor patient profiles on my blog on Thursdays (Brain Tumor Thursday). My mom had benign brain tumors — one in her cerebellum and one on her brain stem.  She was diagnosed in 2000.  She passed away on Christmas Eve, 2012. Her funeral was July 1.  I plan on visiting her grave (urn cubby as I call it) while I am in D.C. this week. My parents are buried (inurned) in the same place. So I will visit both of them. I feel it will be less heavy on my heart as the funeral is over.  That was intense. But beautiful. I do plan on writing a post about it soon. I am writing a piece now which I will present at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference in November.  I am the chair of the Creative Nonfiction panel.

This is the template.

I hope…
I wish…
I dream…
I am…

I am going to fill out the template really fast and not worry about the need to elaborate. Just a quick fill in the blank.

I hope… to publish several books.

I wish… I didn’t worry so much.

I dream… of being on a talk show taking about my book.

I am… a writer.

3 Things about me…

  • I am a mom; my son is three.
  • I consider myself to be highly right-brained.
  • My favorite color is blue, especially the blue hue of my mother’s eyes.

Feel free to fill out the template and email me at I will post it on my blog.

You don’t have to have a brain tumor to submit your profile. If you do have a brain tumor or are a family member of someone who has/had one, please submit your profile and I will post it on a Thursday.

Either way, fill out: I hope, I wish, I dream, I am and share three things about yourself and a photo if you would like. The 3 things and the photo are optional.

This is my home

This is the house where I lived since I was fifteen years old. This is the house where I got married. This is the house where my father died. This is the house that I knew for fifteen plus years. This is my home even though my parents and I don’t live there anymore. My parents rest now at Arlington National Cemetery.

Hope. Wish. Dream. Be.
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