Archive for the ‘the Universe and Everything’ Category

Sorry about the long time between posts. Life, of course, has a way of getting between me and good intentions. Next post should be about my friend John Hutton, proprietor of Blue Manatee Books here in Cincinnati, and his new box set of picture books. That will be fun. I’m wading through a stack of […]

First, a shameless plug. I am producing the play Ashes to Ashes, by Harold Pinter, for the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute. The play, along with a discussion led by Jacob Lindy, a psychoanalyst on the CPI faculty who’s written extensively on PTSD, and with Gila Naveh, Chair of Judaic Studies at the University of Cincinnati and […]

Great comment by Deborah Netanel on my last Rapunzel post. She took me to task for glibly making a brief allusion to the fact that the tower could also represent the Garden of Eden and then going on with just an “oops,” and not exploring that further. Certainly, those who told western european fairy tales […]

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January 30 marks one year of blogging, and this is my 98th post. Thanks to all who read and especially to those who comment. I just want to let everyone know that Jan and I will be teaching a course called Fairy Tale Magic and Why Kids Love It the week of July 24 at […]

OK, I wish I could say I’m refreshed after 2 weeks of a restful vacation, but really I’m just jet lagged. I did spend a wonderful 2 weeks in Israel with Jan, my mom, my brother, sister-in-law and nieces, and of all the great stuff, I think the company was the best part. Yes, there […]

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted . . . just busy, mostly. I think I’m going to do another fairy tale or two soon, though, before I go back to kids & YA stuff. Busy has to do with the whole full-time job thing, and I’m reading submission after submission for Hunger Mountain’s […]

I will get to Knuffle Bunny and the philosophy of language next post, I guess. I get sidetracked by shiny things . . . I got to Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg last night on a friend’s ticket. It was wonderful, and not just because John was an extra in the crowd scenes. The sets […]

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I’m in Chicago for my daughter’s graduation from grad school at U. Chicago. Congratulations to her and to everyone in the Masters of Arts Program in the Humanities (affectionately known as MAPH). A lot of new ideas for me for what people want to see me post on, and I got to hear my cousin’s […]

Wonderful author visit at the Blue Manatee Monday. I don’t have the pictures yet, but when I get them I will post them. Lois Lowry’s blog has a picture of the Blue Manatee’s (de)cafe. Lois Lowry spoke mostly about her childhood and where the ideas for her stories come from and illustrated the talk mostly […]

I posted yesterday about Lois Lowry’s The Birthday Ball and forgot to link to my post on The Giver, so here it is. The BSBSD (bedside book stack of doom) does tend to foretell the future of these posts, and currently includes (and I’m editing out the non-kid books) Octavian Nothing by M.T. Anderson, The […]