I Love You More Than the Smell of Swamp Gas – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Ok, I'll admit that I'm getting a jump on Halloween, but there I was minding my own business, checking my holds out at the library—when what to my wondering eyes should appear? THIS! Who can resist that title? Who can resist the smell of—well, I won't go there. I brought the book home, opened it … Continue reading I Love You More Than the Smell of Swamp Gas – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

THE LAST BOOKSTORE + The House of Lost and Found – Perfect Picture Book Friday

First, I've got to show you where a spent a few hours this past week during spring break in Los Angeles. Yes, it's THE LAST BOOKSTORE housed in an old bank in downtown LA!   And what did I find in THE LAST BOOKSTORE? Well, an unusual picture book written by Swedish author, Martin Widmark. … Continue reading THE LAST BOOKSTORE + The House of Lost and Found – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Only the Best for You, Mom! – Valentiny Contest

And now it's time for Susanna Hill's Valentiny contest! The rules this year: write a Valentines story appropriate for children (children here defined as ages 12 and under) maximum 214 words in which someone feels guilty! My entry is 210 words.   Only the Best for You, Mom! By Jilanne Hoffmann   Mom, why are you giving me the stink eye? One … Continue reading Only the Best for You, Mom! – Valentiny Contest

Mia Moves Out – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Time for a most huggable picture book! "When Mia moved in, Mom and Dad had a room ready for her. 'All yours,' they said.'" "Mia liked it, but it needed something.  'Perfect,' said Mia. 'And all mine.'" There you have it. This is a book that features an adopted child without the word "adoption" being … Continue reading Mia Moves Out – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Story of a Little Mouse Building a House – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I organized our school's annual book swap this year, where families bring in bags of books they no longer want, the library committee sorts them, and then students, parents, and staff select books to supplement their summer reading. Any books remaining at the end of the swap get donated to a community thrift store. Kids … Continue reading Story of a Little Mouse Building a House – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Life, Love, and LTYM Show – San Francisco

When my son was three, he was fascinated by all things siren-related. One night in the Mission District of San Francisco, an ambulance was parked outside the restaurant where we were eating. No emergency, just hungry paramedics waiting for their "TO GO" order.  When we left the restaurant, my son ran to the ambulance and … Continue reading Life, Love, and LTYM Show – San Francisco

Poems for the Weak of Heart

Boredom Vice and Poverty arrived in my mailbox yesterday. And I mean that literally. It's the title (taken from Voltaire's Candide) of Michael Odom's most recent chapbook. Here's a stunning image from his poem titled "Boredom Poem #9:" "...in the chasm between life and life, philosophies breed and cannot help but swarm like bees with the queen on … Continue reading Poems for the Weak of Heart

Valentine – 100 Word Challenge

Response to Julia's: There it is, lying just beneath the surface. Your desire for life, your longing for love, your trust that it will come. Water like liquid glass, hiding nothing. The occasional perturbation lasting no more than a moment. Then gone. The assumption so clear, unquestioned, certain. But it is not. Valentine fool, lured … Continue reading Valentine – 100 Word Challenge