Category Archives: inspirations

MWiB: Catching Up on Recommendations

Here are three books recommended to me by other people. Maybe someone suggested one of these to you? They are very different. I recommend all three. Fourth grade sisters now in sixth grade were very excited for everyone they knew … Continue reading

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The Seventh Wish, or How Kate Messner Got in Touch with 12-Year-Old Me

I always appreciate the opportunity to read Kate Messner’s books, and they have long been favorites to share with a wide age-range of students. Messner features action (Capture the Flag, Eye of the Storm) for middle grade youngsters, and great … Continue reading

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Author Rick Wood: A Conversation

When I was taking a break from the blog for a bit this year to focus on some writing opportunities, several things happened in my little world. One of them was that I got to know a fellow named Rick … Continue reading

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On Mothers, Mourning and Memory

Thirty-three years ago today, my mother celebrated her last birthday on this Earth. She was 60 years old. We lost her a month and a half later. On my next birthday, I will be the age at which she was … Continue reading

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The Memory of Things, by Gae Polisner

I was teaching assistant at an elementary school, getting ready for work when the planes hit the towers. My husband, already at his job at a major aerospace company, heard nothing until I called him. We were parents of a … Continue reading

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