Wild Beasts

Inspiration

It snowed here last week — crisp and white and heavy. I’d planned for a snow day and finished  my work early, but the kids wound up having school.  And so I found myself with several whole hours and nothing (besides laundry! writing! dinner!)  to do.  I decided to play hookie and go for a…

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This Post Was Eaten By A Killer Whale

A very bright kid I know likes to share what he calls the “irrelevant statement of the day” every time I see him. I’m stealing the phrase and using it here, because this blog post is a digression.  Today I’m not talking about writing or kids — I’m talking about killer whales. Okay, it’s not…

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Big Fat Cheater Pants

I am behind today. There are many reasons, including the holiday weekend (in the US Monday was Columbus Day) and the fact that someone was Put Out about having to run in almost rain conditions. Can you tell? Instead of rocketing along at near-heart attack pace, we took a more leisurely approach today. Which was…

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The Bluebird of Happiness

Years ago, when we lived in Connecticut, our house overlooked  a meadow.  It was wide and grassy and bordered a copse of trees, the perfect habitat for birds.  We’d put up a large bird house to attract purple martins, because we also had mosquitoes the size of eagles.  And then one day when I was…

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Balance

If you are a slightly shy person with introvert tendencies, publishing a book will not change that.  You will simply become a slightly shy person with a book to sell (and, if you are lucky, a large poster of that book to hide behind).  IF you are really, really lucky, you’ll get to take that…

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Nobody Likes A Wet Dog, And Other Catch Phrase Creepage

We’re doing some spring cleaning here, and I’m trying to wrangle all the books back into their respective homes.  The baby books we can’t bear to part with go in the basement (Carl’s Birthday, anyone?), the books we love the most go in the living room bookcase, the kid books and the books I don’t…

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All I Need is a Reindeer…

The Grinch looked around, but since reindeer were scarce, there was none to be found. Did that stop the Grinch? No! The Grinch simply said “If I can’t find a reindeer, I’ll make one instead!” Happy Holidays!  See you in the New Year!

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Snowdrift Saplings

Change.  I’m not a fan of it.  My daughter’s not either.   It used to be that I was the only one who tried to hold on to the way things are with both hands, but now I see that tendency in her, too.  I’d like to save her 40 plus years of stress and tell…

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