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I’m in Pearland, Texas, having a wonderful time. I visited Mark Twain School and E.C. Mason School on Friday. Today I was at Passmore School where, again, I had a delightful time. The schools in the Alvin District have some of the best teachers, librarians, and students that I have ever seen. It’s a pleasure […]

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Worst Birthday Ever!

Everybody loves a birthday party. So do I. Unfortunately, my birthday last week had to be the worst ever. It started out as an ordinary day. The only thing I had to do was pick up my neighbors, Robert and Brenda, at the airport. They had been in Europe for three weeks. They had a […]

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Hooray! The Teacher Guides are available again, thanks to my amazing webmaster, Wess Willis, who sets all things straight and makes the deleted and missing appear.

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A Perfect Solution

What do you do with all the Halloween candy that kids haul home from trick or treating? My neighbor Liz Currie has the perfect solution. She buys it. Here’s what happened. Katherine and Frances came home from trick or treating with nearly a pound of candy apiece. Liz was not going to let them eat […]

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Black-Eyed Susan Award

Wow! This certainly made my day. I received an email from Marge Shaffer of the Maryland Association of School Librarians telling me that Joha Makes A Wish was nominated in the Picture Book category for for the 2013-2014 Black-Eyed Susan Book Award. Children in Maryland schools read the books and vote for their favorite in […]

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Next Big Thing Blog Tour #5

Elizabeth Winthrop has her post up. You can find it by clicking HERE.

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Mating Season

I just returned from a memorable trip to Turkey. I visited the SEV schools in Istanbul and Tarsus. So many adventures! I’m sorting out my photos. I’ll be blogging about my experiences soon. In the meantime, I have to share this story. If you’ve been following my blog, you know about my pet snake, Pirate. […]

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I just received an email letting me know that Richard Kimmel is following me on Twitter. Really!!!! Wow!!! Richard Kimmel was my smart cousin Richard. He was handsome, brilliant, talented. He could do anything and he did it all. Compared to Richard, the rest of the Kimmel cousins were a bunch of slobs. Richard went […]

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My last post was Ouch! This one is Eeeeek!!! I’ll tell you why. About five years ago I volunteered to be part of a medical study attempting to find out whether taking vitamin E and selenium supplements could help reduce the chances of getting prostate cancer. Why not? I was in perfect health. I’d be […]

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My critique group was winding up its bi-monthly meeting. We were in Nancy Coffelt’s living room. Before we called it a night and went home, I raised a question. It had been on my mind for some time. I asked the group: “What exactly is a memoir?” Every time I scan the New Book shelf […]

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