Category Archives: books

common ground.

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my class has recently become enamored with a giant box of dinos

they play with them every day

create wildly imaginative scenarios

ask questions about real dinos

reassure me that the ones in our room are not real

one day when playing, a child asked

“would they wear masks if they were alive now?”

another jumped up to say

“never, ever, ever, ever, try to put a mask on a t-rex!!!!”

and an instant class book was born

what a brilliant title

others jumped in to offer reasons why you shouldn’t try to mask one

brainstorming was in full swing

some became illustrators

 it is a fascinating and funny work in progress.

dinos may have left the earth forever, but books will never die.

“stories are the common ground that allow people to connect, despite all our defenses and all our differences.”

-kate forsyth

writing desk.

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what you might imagine it to be vs. what it might quite possibly be.

 

i recently listened to this book written and read by stephen king, and loved every minute of it-

a mix of his personal story and very straight shooting practical advice.

“It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write,

remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room.

Life isn’t a support system for art. It’s the other way around.”

Stephen King

Amazon book review summary: Short and snappy as it is, Stephen King’s On Writing really contains two books: a fondly sardonic autobiography and a tough-love lesson for aspiring novelists.

 

image credits: tom gauld, simon and schuster

nursery rhymes.

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“read to your children all of the time

novels and nursery rhymes

autobiographies, even the newspaper

it doesn’t matter; it’s quality time

because once upon a time

we grew up on stories in the voices in which they were told

we need words to hold us and the world to behold us

for us to truly know our souls.”

-taylor mali

in honor of world nursery rhyme week

 

 

 

 

image credit: 1930s vintage etsy art

yet one more.

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that surprising and wonderful moment

when you discover

there is yet one more unread book

written by one of your favorite authors

hiding in plain sight

waiting for you to pick it up.

 

“books are for nothing but to inspire”
– ralph waldo emerson

book therapy.

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a wonderful note during these challenging times, from our local library:

ann arbor district library

Today, you checked out 30,622 items from the AADL.
Last Friday, that number was 5,067.

NOW PLEASE, DON’T BRING ANY OF IT BACK!
NONE OF IT!
NO JOKE!

Seriously, please keep everything until we ask for it back.

We promise, we’ll let you know when.

More information on our system-wide closure: https://aadl.org/covidclosure

 

“the only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.”

― albert einstein

credits: robert mccloskly, illustrator (blueberries for sal, make way for ducklings),aadl.org

treasure house.

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in 1852 Roget published his thesaurus, a word that means ‘treasure house’ in greek. 

 JANUARY 18: NATIONAL THESAURUS DAY

British lexicographer Peter Mark Roget—who is most famous for publishing The Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases (a.k.a. Roget’s Thesaurus) in 1852—was born on January 18, 1779. As such, this is a day to honor, celebrate, extol, laud, praise, revere, salute, etc. his contributions.

“the man is not wholly evil, he has a thesaurus in his cabin.”

– j.m. barrie, author of Peter Pan, describing the character Captain Hook. 

Personal note:

I am a huge fan of alphabets, words, and more words, in all languages

the thesaurus is one of my favorite books

and it is indeed a treasure house.

image credit: the right word, Roget and his thesaurus by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet