Need a fun read aloud? An awesome bedtime book? Look no further. It's nearly summer! Let's go berry-picking, shall we? Wagon on gravel goes bumpety-bump. Pebbles in the pond fall dunkety dunk. Toes in the grass go thumpety-thump. Bumpety, dunkety, thumpety-thump. This has got to be one of the most playful language stories I've read … Continue reading Thumpety, Dunkety, Thumpety-Thump #Perfect Picture Book Friday
As promised, one more gratuitous pic of a fabulous sculpture in THE LAST BOOKSTORE: Apparently, one reader got lost in the Horror Vault and mummified so they strapped her to the wall as a warning to others....I think she looks like an angel. You can see more pics of THE LAST BOOKSTORE in last week's … Continue reading The Worst Breakfast – Perfect Picture Book Friday
After getting my MFA in Creative Writing for adults, I thought I knew how to write. Turns out, I didn't know how to write stories with pictures. But for the past two years, I've been trying. Correction, the first year I flailed about in the dark. The second year, I bought a flashlight to shine … Continue reading Want to Improve Your Writing?
Peter Hoffmann, editor and publisher of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Newsletter, a forward-thinking energy policy reporter extraordinaire, and my father-in-law, died April 18, 2014. He was 78. Peter, we will miss your humor, particularly your puns, your tender heart for animals, your curiosity, and your quick intellect. I'm thinking your afterlife involves sipping a … Continue reading Peter Hoffmann – Hydrogen Guru
I'm fighting an ongoing battle to read A Prayer Like Gravity's poem, "Morning Haiku-ish" correctly: light dances on fields of belligerent sleep, chasing crows and hard scarecrows No matter how many times I read the poem, I see the word "sheep" instead of "sleep," especially if I'm reading it quickly. At least two others made similar … Continue reading Brain Tricks – Neuroscience, Poetry and Sheep
You said you’d: Like to know my name. Like to see more of me, all of me. Love me forever. Stop hitting me if I stopped eyeing other men. Like to have kids. Need time to think—or did you say drink? with your buddies. Like me to wear something new. Be sweet if I wasn’t … Continue reading Domestic Tranquility
A few minutes ago, while reading the imperfectionists by Tom Rachman, I came upon this sentence: “After a little searching, he finds a gate within the pleached fence and enters.” Hmmm…could this be a typo? MSWord red flags “pleached” as I type, but then MS has an exceedingly limited vocabulary. So I pull out Webster’s … Continue reading Mad Love at Midnight
The challenge, should you decide to accept it: use one of these two words in a sentence that sheds some light on their meanings. Intercalarity - The burden of the song; the putting between, as the burden is between the verses. Intercalary - adj. 1) Of a day, days, or month: Inserted at intervals in … Continue reading Choice Words