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Apr 01

A Photo Walk: Almost Spring

by Stacey

This winter, my picture taking habit really suffered. When I look back at my pictures, I see tons of photos of the girls and the pets snuggled on the couch mixed in with pictures of deep, deep snow. While this is a pretty accurate depiction of the coldest and snowiest winter, I can remember, I am ready for new picture taking.

Thank goodness for monthly-ish Create Dates. I haven’t taken any good pictures in months but last week, my friend Donna and I had lunch and went for a photo walk. I wondered if we would find anything in our cold, grey, bleak neighborhood. Fortunately, as is always the case, once I opened my eyes, there was plenty to see.

Here are a few of the many things we spotted along our way…

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Mar 28

This Moment: March 28

by Stacey

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“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. And sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all.”

-Emily Dickinson

I have been seeing these little guys all over Facebook and Instagram and was beginning to wonder if they would ever make it to our cold corner of the world. Today I took a photo walk with my friend Donna (more on that next week!) and look what we found!

And by the way, the flowers I included in my This Moment post last week were spotted inside of my Stop and Shop! This little purple guy gives me hope that spring might indeed be coming!

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Mar 26

Books of the Week: Picture Book Style

by Stacey

Last week I realized that I hadn’t been to The Curious Reader (my favorite local children’s book store) in quite a long time and I needed a fix. I went in and asked Sally to pull some of her latest favorites and as usual, I was not disappointed.

Of the ones she picked, here are three titles that Katherine and I both loved.

And just as a quick side note before the books, I feel so lucky that Katherine is still happy to sit and read picture books with me. We have so many fun discussions and she sees so much in both the illustrations and the text that tell me about who she is as a reader. So even if you have older kids, please give these titles (or other picture books) a chance. I’m pretty sure you’ll be glad you did!

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Penguin In Peril by Helen Hancocks

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Brimsby’s Hats by Andrew Prahin

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Hi, Koo! by Jon J. Muth

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Mar 24

Our Weekend In Pictures

by Stacey

This weekend went by like a blur.

It was filled with a birthday party (Katherine’s early birthday party- scheduled a few weeks ahead of her big day), pottery and paints,

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and a dress rehearsal for Caroline who will perform as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Shrek this weekend.
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Mar 18

Twitterature: March Edition

by Stacey

I love Twitterature, a monthly reading wrap up hosted by the wonderful Modern Mrs. Darcy.  Apparently, I didn’t read a ton this month but I did read two good books. Here goes…
11250053The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. I have described this book as a magical, fairy tale- like book and people who know my reading tastes have been surprised to hear that I loved it. This past Christmas, I gave my mother a few books that I also gave to myself and we are having a bit of a mini book club. The Snow Child was our first selection. Mom read the Snow Child first and when she began to describe it, I thought I might skip it. She insisted that I would like it and she was right. While I hesitate to recommend it now because I only want to read books about beaches and warm weather, it really is a great read.

979474An Inconvenient Wife by Megan Chance. When I fell in to bit of a reading rut recently, I asked the librarian who runs our library book club for a few recommendations. My first read off of her list was An Inconvenient Wife. I loved the beginning, found the middle a bit strange but adored the ending. Much like the time I wrote about The Other Typist, I really feel like there is little I can tell you about this book without ruining it. Just please read and it then come back here and tell me what you thought.

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Mar 18

Old School Blogging: March Edition

by Stacey

This month’s Old School Blogging is being hosted by the Miss-Elaineous Life and Co-Pilot Mom, two super fun blogs. I always have so much fun participating in Old School Blogging so here goes.

What is the last thing you watched on TV?

House of Cards. I am a few episodes in to the second season and all I can say is wow! I am now even more paranoid than I was when I was entrenched in Scandal. Who in the world can you trust!?

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When did you last step outside? What were you doing? I was out earlier this morning at the grocery store. Two stores in fact. Why is it that I can’t find one store for all of our shopping needs? Trader Joe’s for snacks, some staples and produce when the farm store isn’t open and Stop n Shop for basics.

What is on the walls of the room you are in?

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I usually write on the couch or at the dining room table where the light is better but my back and shoulders have been bothering me so I am trying out the kitchen chairs. These are the colorful prints that we have over our kitchen table.

If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?

A beach house.

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Who made the last incoming call on your phone? A friend of Caroline’s.

If you could change something about your home, without worry about expense or mess, what would you do?

I would completely re-design our back yard and patio.

What was the last thing you bought? Groceries. See above.

Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?  My first choice is neither but if I had to pick, I suppose I would choose bungee jumping. I don’t like being a plane with my seatbelt on and the doors closed so I can’t imagine I would get a kick out of jumping from a plane.

Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Nordstroms for shoes and Neiman Marcus for clothes. I’m assuming of course that who ever made the rules to this game would pay the balance.

Is the glass half empty or half full? Depends on my mood. I like to think I am a glass half full kind of girl but if truth be told, I can be a bit of a complainer.

What’s the farthest-away place you’ve been? I went to Europe for the summer in between my junior and senior year of college. Even when I was there I knew I would want to go back when I was a grown up. Hope I’ll be a grown up soon!

What’s under your bed? Nothing! We have our bed up against a window so we purposely chose a low bed to allow in the most possible light. One trade off is that there is no under bed storage.

What is your favorite time of the day? Whatever time it is when the sky looks like this.

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What Inspires You? Writers who find the time in their busy lives to get the words on the page.

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Mar 17

A Response to “Where Are The People of Color in Children’s Books”

by Stacey

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First a thank you to Carol Hampton Rasco, one of my favorite sources for children’s literature news, for sharing this article on Facebook on Saturday night. I only had time to glance at quickly but then went to the review section of the paper first thing on Sunday morning.

Where Are The People of Color in Children’s Books? asks a crucial and until now, unanswered question. In paired articles written by the amazingly talented author, Walter Dean Myers and his son Chirstopher Myers, we learn both the objective and the personal truths of multicultural literature.

There is one quote in this article, that for me, says it all.

“Of 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, just 93 were about black people according to a study by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin.”

Wow. I’m pretty sure that if I lined up 3,200 children in this country more than 93 of them would be black.

Any reader of children’s books knows how important it is for children to see themselves in literature. On a very egocentric level seeing yourself makes you more interested but on a more fundamental level it makes you feel worthy and appreciated. While the role of picture books as mirrors has long been discussed I loved the way that Christopher Myers talks about the book’s importance as both a mirror and as a map.

He writes, “They see books less as mirrors and more as maps. They are indeed searching for their place in this world, but they are also deciding where they want to go. They create through stories they’re given, an atlas of their world, of their relationships to others, of their possible destinations.”

I’ve spent a lot of time recently thinking about school reform in America both as it relates to my own girls in their high performing public schools and in our neighboring high poverty, low performing schools. I am constantly trying to remind people that assessing our poor children more often and with new tests is not going to put food on their tables and that applying the same rules to all children regardless of their economic lives makes no sense. In this conversation about the lack of black role models in children’s books, I am again frustrated that our education reform ignores the big issues.

Walter Dean Myers, ends his article by saying, ” I’m told that black children, and boys in particular, don’t read. Small wonder. There is work to be done.”

And again, I think back to our education reform focused on standards and assessment. What if it was as simple as publishers publishing the excellent multicultural books that are written but rejected because the “Market” doesn’t demand them? What if those publishers published those books anyway, just to see what happens.

I predict if the books were out there, they would reach important hands. Hands that might begin to understand that there is a way out and that reading is a great place to begin that journey.

As Mr. Myers says, “there is work to be done.” Let’s do it.

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Mar 14

This Moment: March 14

by Stacey

IMG_4611“The world is a great mirror. It reflects back to you what you are. If you are loving, if you are friendly, if you are helpful, the world will prove loving and friendly and helpful to you. The world is what you are.”

-Thomas Drier

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