Mother’s Day 2017

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Our children take us places we can’t envision when they are a bundle of cells commingling with our own. When we feel them kick inside of us for the first time, we think only of the wonder of life, so … Continue reading

New Event

I’ll be signing books at the Kent State University bookstore on Thursday, May 4th, from 10:00-11:00, as part of the annual KSU memorial ceremony. The campus bookstore will be carrying Leaving Kent State, so you can stop by and pick up a copy there if you don’t make it to the signing. I will sign all the copies they have in stock before I leave!

KSU now has a small museum open to the public in Taylor Hall that is really interesting, so don’t forget to stop there if you will be on campus. They have some interesting photos of Kent and the era, as well as a short video on the tragedy. Also, for you super history buffs, there is an online oral history project that you can access online. It’s a fascinating look at the day from various perspectives and is available here.

Thanks for your interest in Leaving Kent State and happy reading!

The Art of Radical Acceptance

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Radical acceptance is the psychological term for learning to live with sorrow we cannot change. It’s not a new concept, and it’s only slightly less trite, perhaps, than the famous 1970s prayer asking for the courage to change that which … Continue reading

Teen Librarian Toolbox

Hi!

I am guest blogging today and tomorrow over at Teen Librarian Toolbox. It’s a great resource, not only for teen librarians but also for anyone who loves YA literature. This year’s theme is social justice, so be sure to check out their many blog topics. Lots of interesting stuff to read, and in our current political landscape where the environment, civil rights, worker rights, and voting rights are all being assaulted, it’s more important than ever that YA lit leads the way for questioning teens.

Happy reading!

Valentine’s Day Reads for Kids

I love holidays, and Valentine’s Day in particular is a good one because what’s not to love about love, right?

Here are some books that I think are perfect for reading on this special day with your little love and why I love them:

Picture Books:

Pandora, by William Mayne If this book doesn’t make you believe in the redemptive power of love, then there is seriously something wrong with you.

 

 A Visitor for Bear by Bonnie Becker Sometimes we don’t realize how much we need a friend until we realize we love them already.

The Old Woman Who Named Things by Cynthia Rylant Dogs. Love. Heart strings. You get the picture.

Early Chapter:

Davey’s Blue-Eyed Frog by Patricia Harrison Easton A princess who needs to be saved by a kiss and a little boy who has better things to do. What could go wrong?

Mango’s Revenge by Stephanie Logue When this Parrot escapes for a day off, love of his family brings him home.

Middle Grade:

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo Dogs. Love. How weird the South can be.

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt In which our heroine has to choose between young love and mortality. Not as easy as you might think.

Young Adult:

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith Smith was way ahead of her time with this quirky coming of age love story.

Reckless by Cornelia Funke Beautifully written high steam punk fantasy with bubbling romance. What’s not to like?

And, last but not least, let me just mention that Leaving Kent State has a classic romance story line that I hope you will enjoy.

Happy Valentine’s Day reading!!

Calls for “Another Kent State”

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Last week, a Michigan GOP official made comments on twitter that called for “another Kent State” as a response to college protests at UC Berkeley. The protests were in opposition to a white nationalist and provocateur who had been invited … Continue reading

Resistance and the Main Stream Media

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As we enter a dark period in our country, where our new President is signing executive orders to ban certain immigrants from coming here, a ban that this morning was stayed by a Federal judge (as reported here), I have again … Continue reading