Monthly Archives: March 2008

Sap’s Running!

It’s Maple Weekend in New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire.  For the folks who run maple farms, this time of year means long, long days (and nights) at work.  For the rest of us, it means gorging on pancakes and maple candy and getting a chance to see the whole process up close. If you’ve […]

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Poetry Friday – Farewell Winter Edition…

Ah, when to the heart of manWas it ever less than a treasonTo go with the drift of things,To yield with a grace to reason,And bow and accept the endOf a love or a season?    -from “Reluctance” by Robert Frost Frost wrote this poem with autumn in mind, but for me, his words are […]

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Spring in the Adirondacks…

…looks strikingly similar to winter in the Adirondacks, don’t you think?   But I swear I took this photograph today.  We spent our holiday on the slopes at Whiteface Mountain, under Easter-egg blue skies. And here’s our version of the traditional Easter egg hunt. Ready… Set… GO!!! I hope your weekend was fantastic, too, whether […]

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Thankful Thursday

A busy Thursday, too!  Tonight, I’m thankful for: Members of the drama club at Colchester High School who were my technology saviors during my school visit today. These kids know their stuff, and I bet they’re amazing on stage, too. Tonight’s their opening night for The Actor’s Nightmare and Lovers.  Break a leg, and thanks […]

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A visit with Linda Urban

My middle school students had a fabulous day with guest author Linda Urban ( lurban ), talking about A Crooked Kind of Perfect, writing, setting goals, and having the courage to follow dreams.  If you ever — ever — have an opportunity to host Linda at your school, sign on the dotted line without delay.  […]

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Studying Spitfire

Julia Miller, a teacher in Peru, NY, has put together a phenomenal web page to go along with her unit on my historical novel Spitfire.  And — better yet — she gave me permission to share it so other teachers can use the resources she’s pulled together. Click here to check it out! Most teachers […]

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Guess who’s coming to lunch…

My middle school students are getting a dream team of visiting authors this month.  This Wednesday, Linda Urban ( lurban ) will spend the day with us, talking about A CROOKED KIND OF PERFECT and her writing life. And on March 31, Loree Griffin Burns ( lgburns ) will visit to talk trash — TRACKING […]

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Friday Five

Five things I did this week… Wrote another 6150 words on my new MG novel – I broke the 27,000 mark tonight, and I love where the story is going.  Met the illustrator of Spitfire for the first time.  Her name is Martha Gulley, and she’s not only talented but so, so nice.  She’s doing […]

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I’m baking tonight…

Nope – not chocolate chip cookies, even though I love them.  Not brownies or cupcakes.  My oven is loaded with hardtack! Hardtack, also called ship’s bread, is a very hard, dry cracker or biscuit that was a staple of the Revolutionary War sailor’s diet.  Made with just flour, water, and sometimes salt, it’s incredibly cheap, […]

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Nonfiction Monday – Steel Drumming at the Apollo

As an English teacher, I’m always looking for ways to bring nonfiction to my reluctant readers.  These are kids who haven’t discovered reading for pleasure, and many of them are boys.  If I’m lucky, I can sell them on a novel by Walter Dean Myers, Joseph Bruchac,  David Lubar, or Jack Gantos…but nonfiction?  Good luck. […]

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