2014: The summer of water

2014: The summer of water

If you’re like most of America, you’re tired of the ALS ice bucket challenge videos on Facebook.  Even though we’ve all been alerted to the fact that wasting water isn’t exactly the best message to send to the millions of people in the world who don’t have clean water to drink, we all want to … Continue reading

Hey Rudy, squeeze my pickles!

Hey Rudy, squeeze my pickles!

Pickles need to be squeezed–who knew?  Pickle makers, that’s who!  When I learned that my friend Carm was a pickler last Christmas, I let her know that I was anxious to learn if she wanted some help.  It’s now pickling season, so I was called to duty in exchange for a terrific lesson in the … Continue reading

If basketball can change, so can soccer

If basketball can change, so can soccer

I never made a 3-point shot in high school basketball, but that’s because all my adolescent field goals were 2 points in the 1980s.  I’m not complaining, though.  At the time, I had never watched professional basketball and never missed the 3 pointer, which was added into the NBA rule in 1979.  As an adult, … Continue reading

Hurricane who???

Hurricane who???

Hurricane Arthur (aka Hurricane “Uncle Sam”) spoiled a lot of July 4th plans for New Englanders this year.  The hurricane brought torrential rainfall to Maine where I was staying in a family cabin.  Like so many others, I was housebound for the holiday. Yet, I had to laugh when a high school friend sent a … Continue reading

Handwriting stimulates the brain

Handwriting stimulates the brain

We’ve all heard the debate about whether cursive should be taught in school.  Cursive has slowly been replaced by keyboarding skills and is not part of the Common Core guidelines.  Yet, according to NPR’s story Does the Fight for a Cursive Comback Miss the Point?, cursive is making a comeback in several states.  The arguments … Continue reading

Book lovers unite at Book Expo America 2014 in NYC!

Book lovers unite at Book Expo America 2014 in NYC!

Book Expo America 2014 concluded on Saturday.  This was THE event to attend in The U.S. for publishers, booksellers, librarians, authors, and book lovers.  I am not a particular lover of trade shows.  Having done enough marketing/exhibiting/keynoting prep for a big high-tech company, I’m a little burned out.  Still, I took the train into NYC … Continue reading

Why should teens read?

Why should teens read?

I was listening to NPR the other day when I heard a program titled Why Aren’t Teens Reading Like They Used To?  It seems that there is such an abundance of digital media available that kids just prefer other options.  Some still read for pleasure, but many do not.  Of course, Harry Potter and The Hunger … Continue reading