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Archive for April, 2012

Celebrating 4 Years of Bloggy Goodness: Fathers & Sons & Baseball

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »


I posted this back on July 10, 2008 -- before I knew how to insert photos. -------- Fathers and sons and baseball. You can almost hear the violins, the sap rising from the roots. It's a tired cliche, of course, but that ...

Old Posts Revisited: A Celebration of Four Full Years of Bloggy Goodness

Monday, April 23rd, 2012 Posted in Greatest Hits | No Comments »


I've been so overwhelmed lately, visiting far-flung schools, working hard on my "Shivers" project, all while fighting "flu-like symptoms" for the past ten days. Anyway, part of my blogging experience has always been one of talking to myself in the dark. ...

Caine’s Arcade: Worth Ten Minutes of Your Life

Thursday, April 12th, 2012 Posted in Around the Web, Fun Clips | 1 Comment »


There's no getting around it. This film is nearly eleven minutes long. And in web surfing time, that's like three years. But, but, but. This short film is brilliant and beautiful, artfully done, and it will hit you right in the heart, while ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #148: Wake Me In Spring

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 Posted in Fan Mail, the writing process | No Comments »


Hello James, I was wondering if you have a sequel to Wake Me In Spring. I think it would be a great book idea! I teach preschool to children with autism and they love this book. They ask me to read it ...

Happy Easter . . . I Think

Saturday, April 7th, 2012 Posted in Around the Web | No Comments »


For more Sketchy Bunnies, click away. All praise the interwebs!

Fan Mail Wednesday #147: In Celebration of Children’s Artwork

Friday, April 6th, 2012 Posted in Fan Mail | 4 Comments »


Is there anything better than children's artwork? No, there isn't. There is not. As evidence to that proposition, I share with you some of the contents of a fat envelope I received from Mrs. Chinchar's first grade class, after I had visited ...

Let Them Eat Cake

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 Posted in School Visits | 1 Comment »


I have so much to share these days, and so little time to do the sharing. It's a happy avalanche of exciting writing projects (and deadlines!), amazing school visits, new experiences, fan mail, and baseball season -- but it's an ...

Behind Every Harassed Child . . .

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 Posted in Around the Web, Bystander, bullying | No Comments »


New York Times film critic A.O. Scott wrote a sensitive, perceptive review (3/29) of the new film, "Bully," a much buzzed-about documentary by Lee Hirsch. It's worth reading in full. But here's a paragraph to wet your whistle: The feeling of aloneness ...

Rex Babin, Political Cartoonist (1962 - 2012): An Old Friend Remembered

Sunday, April 1st, 2012 Posted in Around the Web, Current Events | No Comments »


Rex Babin lived a block away from me in the early 90's, back when we both resided in Center Square, Albany. I was new to Albany, with a wife and (soon, in 1993) a young child. Rex was a single ...