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Archive for June, 2009

Summer Hours

Monday, June 29th, 2009 Posted in Current Events | No Comments »


Due to staff cuts (I had an accident shaving), I'm likely to post with less frequency through July-August. Likely? Because you never know; I can't resist passing along a funny video or good news. But my basic thought is to ...

The MTV Moonwalk

Friday, June 26th, 2009 Posted in Fun Clips | 1 Comment »


I came across this clip and had to share it. Stunning. And not too long. [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7MmEMrCRfc&feature=PlayList&p=156B178540AB82BC&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=14]

Thoughts on “A.Word.A.Day”

Friday, June 26th, 2009 Posted in Around the Web, Current Events, Music | No Comments »


Previously I've plugged Anu Garg's most excellent email subscriber service, A.Word.A.Day. Sign up and every day you get an email that takes about 15 seconds to read. Some days I click delete, most days I don't. Today's word is "excoriate." MEANING: verb tr.: 1. ...

New Evidence, Re: Are Women Born This Way?

Thursday, June 25th, 2009 Posted in Fun Clips | No Comments »


Are men and women different? Boys and girls? And if so, is it a question of nature, or nurture? Do society's conventions steer girls and boys down different paths, or are they born different? Here's one clip of video evidence, only ...

Deleted Scenes 4: Six Innings

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 Posted in Six Innings, the writing process | 2 Comments »


The Little League season has taken a turn. The regular season is gone. My team of 9-, 10- and 11-year olds finished with a strong record, 11-5, good enough for 2nd place. They were my cardiac kids; we lost five ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #51-52 (Tuesday Edition)

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 Posted in Fan Mail, Jigsaw Jones | No Comments »


Sometimes fan mail can be incredibly uplifting, thoughtful, perceptive, touching. And sometimes a kid just wants to say hello, just wants to connect somehow. There's nothing wrong with that. In fact, it's great. Dear Mr. James Preller, My name is James and ...

Overheard: Father’s Day Card

Monday, June 22nd, 2009 Posted in Family | 1 Comment »


Father's Day yesterday, and I was living large. Lisa and the kids made a big breakfast, then it was time for the cards. Maggie, age 8, made one in school. And it contained a classic line. I wonder if you ...

An Interview, a Few Links, and Song

Friday, June 19th, 2009 Posted in Interviews & Appreciations, Music, the writing process | 1 Comment »


Let's take it around the horn: 1) I recently answered a few questions from the good folks at the pithily named blog, Books We Love from the Park Ridge Public Library Children's Staff. Here's a taste of the goodness you'll find there: Do ...

“The Wild Things” by Dave Eggers: Be Still My Heart

Thursday, June 18th, 2009 Posted in Around the Web | 11 Comments »


Why does this gross me out? Is it just me? Cashing in on  "a timeless and time-tested tale." (What a phrase, oy.) Just in time for the movie! From Amazon.com: Product Description The Wild Things — based loosely on the storybook by Maurice Sendak and the ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #50

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 Posted in Fan Mail, School Visits | 1 Comment »


Sometimes I get packages of letters from a class or school. Dozens of letters. I thought I'd cull some lines from one such package, sent by Ellen Schumer at The Red Mill School. Usually in this "fan mail" series, I ...