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Next Big Thing Blog Tour 3

I’ve tossed the Blog Tour ball to Nina Laden. Her response to the questions is posted. Click HERE for the link to her blog page. Elizabeth Winthrop and Ann Angel wanted to join, too. I don’t see their entries up yet. I’ll post links when they’re up. This is fun. Let ‘s keep the tour […]

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How Many Books Have You Written?

“How many books have you written?” That’s the question I’m asked most often whenever I do a school visit. It’s also the first question adults ask when they learn I’m a writer. It always struck me as a peculiar question since I really don’t care. What matters isn’t how many books you’ve written; it’s how […]

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Long Time Gone

Yow! I just checked my website and realized that I haven’t posted anything since June. What’s going on, Bro? Well, it wasn’t much of a summer. In fact, it’s just about the worst I can remember. My wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in June. She underwent surgery twice. The results were even better than […]

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What’s A College Education Worth? (Part 1)

I’ve suddenly seen several articles in newspapers and online discussing the value of a college education. Ron Wyden, one of Oregon’s most respected political figures, has called on colleges to provide undergraduates with statistics about employment and income prospects for various academic majors. In other words, if you’re going to invest all that money in […]

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Mating Season Ends

Mating season is over. Pirate ate a big, fat mouse this morning. He didn’t take more than a minute to notice it and grab it. He must have been hungry—especially since he hasn’t eaten anything in a month. I wish people could do that. We could lock ourselves in a closet with a case of […]

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Elaboration

Barbara Williams of the Montgomery County Schools in Rockville, Maryland, wrote to me with a special request. Montgomery County schools are using my books as part of their elementary writing curriculum. Ms. Williams wrote to ask if I might use my blog to elaborate a topic that teachers feel needs special emphasis. The topic to […]

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All Things Must Pass

I read an article in this Sunday’s NY Times about a glitch at Vassar’s admissions website. Here’s the LINK if you’d like to read it yourself. Apparently, acceptance notices were posted online. Students could visit the website to find out if they had been admitted. Back in my day they sent you a letter. You […]

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When It’s Happening

I’ve noticed a funny thing about writing over the years. When you’re stuck and find yourself with no idea of what you’re writing or what you’re supposed to be doing, you can always find dozens of excuses for not writing anything. You have to go shopping; you have to run a wash; you have to […]

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Let’s Read!

An Imaginary Conversation: Author: Let’s read! Books are wonderful. Read together with your family every evening! Child: My parents don’t read. We don’t have any books in our house. Author: That’s no problem. Your school library has plenty of good books that you can check out and read. Your school librarian will be happy to […]

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Celebrate Picture Books

Picture Book Month begins tomorrow. I’ve been asked to start the celebration with a few words about why picture books are important to me. It was quite an honor to be asked and quite an opportunity as well to state why I believe picture books are so important. I learned to love books because of […]

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