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Archive for August, 2011

The First One Gone to College

Monday, August 29th, 2011 Posted in Family | 1 Comment »


It's the question every parent inevitably asks. After, of course, what happened to my black hair?! My face??!! How did this . . . turn into this? Where did it go, all those times together? I don't have anything to communicate, really. It's ...

The Yoga & Reading Connection

Thursday, August 25th, 2011 Posted in Around the Web, The Gender Gap in Reading | 2 Comments »


I've been enthusiastic about yoga lately. I'm just a beginner, no peacock pose for me (yet!), but I've been getting more into it. I practice at home with DVD's and do my best. I can feel that it's healthy for ...

Photo Me: Age 13

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 Posted in Family | No Comments »


Today is my sister Jean's birthday. Fifty-four years on this earth. So I dug out this old photo from a family trip, D.C. I think, perhaps Virginia. I seem to recall us heading down there to visit my brother John. ...

Warning: Sarcastic, Hilarious Graffiti Added to Well-Intentioned Signs

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 Posted in Around the Web | No Comments »


This is a cheat today, I'm just passing along a few laughs and the name of a website that's ideal for time-wasting. Seriously, if you've got a lot of time to kill, it's no easy task. You are going to ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #122 (Bystander Sequel)

Friday, August 19th, 2011 Posted in Bystander, bullying, the writing process | 3 Comments »


Bryan writes: Can you please make a second book for "Bystander"? I loved the book and wanted to see more about eric and mary, griffin etc. It would probably sell. Thanks for considering. I replied: Bryan, - Thanks for your note. It's funny, I get asked ...

Einstein’s Eyes: Chilling Story Behind the Famous Photograph

Thursday, August 18th, 2011 Posted in Interviews & Appreciations, Readings | 1 Comment »


Last night I came across a chilling story behind a famous photograph of Albert Einstein. The portrait was taken by Philippe Halsman, a photographer who had escaped Nazi Germany with Einstein's help. Meeting together in 1947, Halsman held a camera while ...

Einstein’s Desk

Monday, August 15th, 2011 Posted in Around the Web, Readings | 2 Comments »


I've been reading Walter Isaacson's warm, affectionate biography, Einstein: His Life and Universe. I purchased a copy when the book first came out, but it sat on my shelf for a few years before I tackled it. Einstein's popularity was, ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #121 (re: Teaching “Bystander,” and Some Thoughts on Bullying)

Friday, August 12th, 2011 Posted in Bystander, In the Classroom | No Comments »


I've been in summer mode, the quiet season for teachers and librarians, and taking a break from my weekly Fan Mail Wednesday posts. But here's a happy letter that might be useful to some of you out there, edited ever-so-slightly ...

Best Last Lines from Books

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 Posted in Around the Web, the writing process | No Comments »


Stylist magazine has put together a list of The Best 100 Closing Lines from Books. Here's a few of my favorites . . . The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." Animal ...

More on Book Covers: New Paperback Cover for SIX INNINGS

Thursday, August 4th, 2011 Posted in Six Innings | 6 Comments »


In 2008, Feiwel & Friends published my first hardcover novel, Six Innings, a book that was eventually named An ALA Notable. The cover was fabulous, featuring the work of gifted illustrator Chris Sheban, whose style you might recognize from the covers ...