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Isn’t it interesting that such an odd word ‘pedagogy’ deals with the teaching of stuff to kids? It’s funny how lately I’ve been pondering the physical impact of words and finding onomatopoeia in all kinds of words! Like ‘pondering’ for instance, doesn’t it sound like you’re doing just that, pondering, thinking, mulling something over? And […]

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I just came back from attending a fabulous panel discussion that opened up the NCTE conference in Washing D.C. I was on a panel being moderated by Rudine Bishop, and my fellow panelists were Christopher Myers, Matt de la Pena, and Mitali Perkins. For the following two days all kinds of attendees came up to […]

People in Glass boxes…

Most of the programs I’m running at Fairview Library take place in the program room. With two walls of glass it’s basically a glass ‘box’ on the first floor. Everyone coming in and out of the library passes the program room. It’s a favorite for people to use for quiet study. The glass walls muffle […]

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There is nothing as intimidating to a storyteller as an audience of babies! Little boys, little girls, Asian, South Asian, white, sitting on their mommies’ and daddies’ staring at you with their big brown and black and blue eyes, and a blank look on their faces that basically says, “Okay, go ahead. Try and entertain […]

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I just told a good friend of mine that when the writing is going well, the blog isn’t, and vice versa, so please have patience with me. Sometimes there are just other priorities. I really do feel like a juggler with too many balls in the air, and the blog ball is important, but at […]

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with all the new stuff I’ve been learning! But of course it’s been a very *uncomfortable* process. You know that feeling when you’re in the midst of the learning curve,  you’re not proficient yet, you’re still struggling… Well that’s where I am right now. And it’s funny but with this artist residency, I’m dealing with […]

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What an emotional whirlwind!

The last few days have been. I feel completely and utterly wrung out, like I don’t want to do a single thing even when I’ve got tons of stuff to do. My nephew was with me last week. He was en route to a new job overseas. What a wonderful time we had together! But […]

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When Praise overwhelms…

What do you do when you get such a nice compliment that it kind of floors you? I spend a lot of time reminding myself to not take myself so darn seriously! And I am really fortunate that I have a family who keeps me grounded. I don’t want to ever become one of those […]

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The art of giving gifts…

Just warning  you, this will be a rambling post. One of my nieces (actually she’s my husband’s cousin’s daughter) just called me this afternoon, out of the blue, and excitedly thanked me for the Eid gift. She said she almost had tears in her eyes she was so happy with what I’d given her! This […]

Into the stretch…

We’re well into the last ten days of Ramadan, more like the last week of it in fact, and yup, I’m wondering where the month went! It flew right by! And now the work in earnest begins. Nobody knows the importance of tradition and celebrating your festivals as much as a kid growing up poor […]

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