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I like to write about reading and writing books for young people, researching my latest article, my fascination with birds, life as a parent, adventures in publishing, and whatever else comes to mind. Why don’t you stick around for a bit? And don’t be afraid to leave a comment!

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Blog post, Encouragement, Homepage slider, Writing | 0 comments

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

Everyone with a sign had gone through the same process. She’d given thought to what she (or he) wanted to tell the world. Had considered and rejected messages, chosen one that fit. … And now, having created a message, she was putting it out there. Reaching it skyward through long hours of standing, arms raised, shoulders burning.

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Long-form journalism

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Blog post, Homepage slider, Writing | 0 comments

Long-form journalism

For me, it’s like sculpture–except that I have to gather the clay myself before I begin to sculpt. When something pleasing finally emerges, it’s very satisfying.

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To tweet, or to write?

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Blog post, Encouragement, Homepage slider, My life, Writing | 0 comments

To tweet, or to write?

Because the hit of adrenaline you get from having your words liked and retweeted by complete strangers is addictive. It’s tempting to spend way too much time crafting those 140 characters of wit. You can find yourself approaching each new thought with the question: “How can I tweet this?”

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Why ospreys?

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Birds, Blog post, Homepage slider, Ospreys, Schools, Teachers, Uncategorized, Washashore | 0 comments

Why ospreys?

As my story developed, I watched my characters discover their own concerns reflected in the lives and habits of the ospreys; my fictional people, I found, were taking comfort, gaining perspective and learning lessons about their own lives through watching and trying to protect these incredible birds.

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Eagle- and osprey-peeping: not just for the nosy

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Birds, Blog post, Environment, Ospreys, Schools, Teachers | 0 comments

Eagle- and osprey-peeping: not just for the nosy

A small, fuzzy and slow-moving bald eagle chick hatched from an egg early this morning in a high-up nest somewhere in Pennsylvania.

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A Valentine

Posted by on Feb 14, 2015 in Blog post, Books, My life, Writing | 0 comments

A Valentine

My father, whose tapping typewriter was the background soundtrack of my childhood, is the reason I write. He loved books, and he made books. It was never a question: I would too. I’m pretty sure it was his love that made me think that I could. I miss him most on Valentine’s Day. He made the best...

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The snowman and the children’s writer

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Blog post, Encouragement, My life, Writing | 2 comments

The snowman and the children’s writer

I saw a snowman this morning. There’s been a melt here and little snow is left except in places where it was gathered and packed, like the mountains left by plows, now puny mounds. And this solitary snowman

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Reading reviews

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Birds, Blog post, Books, Ospreys, Washashore, Writing | 2 comments

Reading reviews

You’re not supposed to read the reviews of your book. Most authors I’ve heard speak about this say they never read their reviews.

To be honest, I don’t believe them.

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A flock of books about birds

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Birds, Blog post, Uncategorized | 0 comments

A flock of books about birds

Birds. They have four limbs—just like us. They walk on two legs—just like us. They like to sing—just like us.

And yet they are so very different from us. Which is why we find them so fascinating.

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A thank you to my children’s teachers

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Blog post, My life | 0 comments

A thank you to my children’s teachers

So what they are studying today, the fact that they are motivated to study it, and the methods they are using to study, no longer have much to do with me. It’s their teachers who are guiding the process…and whatever they are doing is working.

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