- Sun, 12:07: One mother’s year inside the ADHD-industrial complex | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram http://t.co/WXYrVFG
- Sun, 14:09: RT @taralazar: I’m seeking 2011 debut picture book authors to promote new releases on my blog in February. Please get in touch. Spread t …
- Sun, 20:59: Mary Kole needs a marketing intern. I’d apply if it was paid. Anyone? http://t.co/gtK2daB
- Sun, 21:00: RT @HUnderdown: RT @gregpincus: Good interview with @dulemba about iPad/iPhone books (and more!): http://bit.ly/gFGCNF
- Sun, 21:04: RT @PublishersWkly: RT @TvS_557 @EW on the reported $60 million budget for The Hunger Games movie http://bit.ly/hPBln3
- Fri, 14:33: RT @SarahDarerLitt: Hilarious “What not to do” for aspiring authors: http://bit.ly/hSdEkk
- Fri, 14:36: RT @nprbooks: Kids’ Author Finds Herself ‘Unexpectedly Eighty’ http://n.pr/eVFxZs
- Fri, 17:35: A glass of pinot grigio by my side, the smell of turkey soup fills the house, working on the final edits of my critical thesis. #amwriting
- Tue, 14:05: Highlights High Five publishing my previously purchased poem “Pigs of Summer” in the June 2011 issue!
- Wed, 08:13: Thanksgiving dawns with a thin skin of ice on the pond.
- Wed, 08:13: Creative Chaos II – Happy T-day to Everyone! http://t.co/yHom2RW
- Wed, 08:44: #amreading Repossessed by A.M. Jenkins
I had a great visit to the Big Apple this past weekend. It was a long needed break from the pressures and responsibilities I’ve given myself this fall: two part time jobs, full time school, and overtime parenting. (By the way, this is why I haven’t been blogging.)
I hung out with friends in Union Square, walked Central Park on a beautiful fall day, and attended the Jewish Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference. (Thank you Jewish Book Council and Barbara Krasner for keeping this one-day conference alive. See Barbara’s take on the conference at her blog.)
I got woken up at 2 in the morning by the garbage workers and found a corner grocery open at 3am to find Ibuprofen and a tall carton of OJ. (Nowhere but NYC). I read Jandy Nelson’s, The Sky is Everywhere and marveled at how naturally the poems and prose worked together. I wrote down favorite lines, swelled with Jandy’s portrayal of the sadness of death and glowed in the loveliness of life. Then for a stark contrast, I entered Suzanne Collin’s stark dystopia of the Hunger Games.
By Sunday night, I was ready to head home from my mini-vacation. I hailed a cab driven by a Nigerian man who came to the US on a philanthropist’s scholarship. He got a degree in Computer Information Systems, works for the State of NY and also drives a cab on the weekends to fund a scholarship that he founded. His $10,000 dollars has brought seven students to the US to learn and prosper. Amazing!
So today I am thankful: thankful for my family, healthy and wise, thankful for my safety and freedom, my love of learning and life. I send my wishes of peace and homecoming for those service men and women who are away from their families- and to their families, whose missing and longing I know so well.