Sunday, December 27, 2009

Jumping high!

This image shows how I feel two days post-Christmas madness and fun. Maybe it's all those holiday cookies I've been eating. I'm giddy and feel like jumping, ready for what the new year will bring.
Happy and healthy 2010 to all!

Thursday, December 03, 2009


We worked on a fun puzzle over Thanksgiving. When the final piece was tapped into place—
Ahhh! What a feeling.

Now the holiday hustle begins. For me, it's a bit like starting a new puzzle with a thousand pieces to fit together before December 25th. Here's to peaceful preparations and everything falling into place the way you'd like.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Does anyone remember Thanksgiving?

I ran into Santa at the mall today. "Aren't you a bit early?" I asked.
"Ho, ho, ho!" he replied. "Never too early."
"But it's not even Thanksgiving yet."

"I do love turkey!" Santa smiled. "Now, what do you want for Christmas?"
"Ask me after Thanksgiving."
"Ho, ho, ho." Click. Flash. "Enjoy your Santa photo. Pay at the booth."
"Happy Thanksgiving, Santa."

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Carol Parenzan Smalley: Hershey, Green Changes. Lewis & Clark

Most writers are happy to have even one book out a year, but creative non-fiction author and educator Carol Parenzan Smalley has had four books released in 2009. Young readers can enjoy making their lives greener in Tell Your Parents: Green Changes You Can Make Around Your Home, all while feasting on the sweet words in Smalley's two books on Milton Hershey, Diary of a Milt and The Growing Story of The Milton Hershey School. And it's obvious that Smalley does her research in her historical reader What's So Great About Lewis and Clark?   

Look for Carol Parenzan Smalley's newest title in 2010, How to Convince Your Parents You Can Care for a Hamster, a book sure please this parent who wishes her kids would remember to clean the cage.

Monday, November 02, 2009


I'm proud to own a copy of WHAT DO YOU SEE? by Judith Snyder, a talented author and a helpful critique partner, too. Her new picture book is visually fun and children will love "seeing the world in a whole new way." Take a moment to visit the contest page for WHAT DO YOU SEE? for a chance to win a copy for yourself.

Saturday, September 26, 2009


Give your eyes something special. Loren Long's art never fails to bring an oooh, aaaah, or a smile when you read through one of his books. His latest, OTIS, is out now and just as pleasing as the man himself. I met Loren Long at school visit last year and he made every student, teacher and parent he met feel special. No wonder his books are so lovely.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

What's Inscribed?

For those that enjoy giving books as gifts, you'll love this intriguing website posting inscriptions from a variety of books. Here's one of the inscriptions:

“July 3, 1892

When in my grave I lonely sleep,
And the weeping willows o’er [me] weep,
Tis then dear friend and not before,
That I will think of thee no more.”

An 1879 copy of McGuffey’s Fifth Eclectic Reader.

Found at the Georgetown Library Book Sale in Washington, DC. April 2005.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Arthur Miller's Shoe Size

With a click, we can "follow" the celeb-of-the-moment, checking what flavor of mineral water they guzzle after a workout.

I'm taking the slower route and reading ARTHUR MILLER. Christopher Bigbsy's 776-page biography follows the famous playwright and his family from pre-birth to the age of 48. I haven't finished yet, and Miller's shoe size may not be included, but Bigby's knowledge of historic and personal details have kept me reading.

Monday, July 13, 2009


Family visits
Beach days and barbecues
Vacation sights
Seeing old friends
Meeting new ones
Reading under the trees
Writing there, too

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Celestron Dreams

When the rains stops, we plan to enjoy our new Celestron Telescope. Until then, we'll read the latest Lucy and Stephen Hawking adventure.

Monday, June 08, 2009

The ART of Playwriting

French Playwright Yasmina Reza wins another Tony award for her brilliant play, GOD OF CARNAGE. Her first win was for ART in 1994. Both plays, translated by Christopher Hampton, feature intriguing characters and biting, thought-provoking dialogue. Stellar performances only add to a wonderful theatrical experience.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Landmine is Me

Reading an oldie, but a goodie:
by Ray Bradbury (Bantam 1990)

I have come up with a new simile to describe myself lately. It can be yours. Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spend the rest of the day putting the pieces together. Now, it's your turn. Jump!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Spring Fever

It's that time of year.
Even Elvis had SPRING FEVER.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Across the Universe

In honor of National Poetry Month, let's not forget that songwriters are poets, too.

"Words are flowing out like 
endless rain into a paper cup
They slither while they pass away
They slip across the universe."
John Lennon

Visit here to read and hear all the lyrics. 

Friday, March 20, 2009

Inner Superhero!

Busy, busy, busy. 
Life clicks along keeping us all on the run. I believe I've got a Superhero lurking inside, just itching to take command of the chaos. 

First, I've got to find some purple tights. I hope the cape is optional.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Screenwriters Who Make You Think (maybe laugh and/or cry, too)

The Oscars are over, but the original screenplays nominated this year all deserve praise, not to mention an award here and there. More than that, the films from these talented writers should be watched, studied and enjoyed.

MILK by Dustin Lance Black
FROZEN RIVER by Courtney Hunt
IN BRUGES by Martin McDonough
HAPPY-GO-LUCKY by Mike Leigh
WALL-E by Andrew Stanton and Jim Reardon

Sunday, February 01, 2009

1974. 1350 feet up. The artistic crime of the century.

This is the tag line for MAN ON WIRE, currently nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary. Check out the DVD, along with the extras featuring additional interviews. Not that I'll be wire walking anytime soon, but the passion Phillipe Petit has for doing what he loves and how he wishes the same for everyone is invigorating and inspiring.