Wordy Wednesday: Love You, Dr. Seuss!


He’s one of world’s most recognizable authors, and his words have been inspired children — including those children of all ages (you know who you are) — for more than a few generations!

March 2 marked the 110th birthday of Theodor Geisel, whose pen name became Dr. Seuss, though he wasn’t a doctor.

My Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, and I like to think of Dr. Seuss as a “word doctor” — someone who brought new life to words and help us see words differently. His rhyming sentences, delightful characters and drawings and creation of completely made-up words have added life to our reading for many decades.

We’re never too old to enjoy the writings and humor that are distinctly Dr. Seuss!

To celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday, we’re sharing some of his favorite quotes, courtesy of Parade magazine. To read the complete article, visit http://goo.gl/T3fvlj.

Dr. Seuss Quotes

1. “With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.”

2. “Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting so get on your way!”

3. “You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you’re the one who’ll decide where to go.”

4. “Oh the things you can find if you don’t stay behind!”

5. “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”

6. “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”

7. “You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

8. “If you never did you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.”

9. “If things start happening, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.”

10. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”


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Fantabulous Friday: Master of the Macabre



My Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, insists that we give a nod to Edgar Allan Poe, the American author, poet, literary critic and editor whose literary contributions could scare the stuffing out of you!

A master of mystery and the macabre, Poe was part of the American Romantic Movement and also is credited  by many as creating the detective genre in writing and contributing to what was a growing genre known as science fiction.

Poe’s troubled life began early. Both parents were actors, and his father abandoned the family. His mother died the next year, and the young Edgar Poe went to live with a John and Frances Allan. Although they never formally adopted him, they did give him his middle name “Allan.”

After a brief stint of study at the University of Virginia, Poe left college life and eventually enlisted in the U.S. Army. It was during his post at Fort Independence in Boston Harbor that Poe released Tamarlane and Other Poems. He served at Fort Moultrie in South Carolina, but like most of his military career was unsuccessful. Poe left the Army to attend West Point, but difficulties with his foster family led him to seek a court martial, and he became estranged from them.

Poe began a publishing career, but his life was often marked by turmoil. In 1836, Poe married his 13-year-old first cousin Virginia Clemm. His young wife died of tuberculosis in 1847, and Poe was found October 3, 1849, wandering the streets of Baltimore in a state of delirium. He died four days later at the age of 40.

With such stories as “The Masque of the Red Death,” “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” — and many other haunting tales and poems — it is no wonder that Poe’s works often are associated with the supernatural, a good fit with Halloween.

In the spirit of frightful literature, our posts Oct. 28 – 31 will deal with books, stories and other things that conjure what is scary!





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Terrific Tuesday: A true “Literarian”

Maya Angelou will receive the ninth Literarian Award. (Photo from the writer's official Web site: www.mayaangelou.com)

Maya Angelou will receive the ninth Literarian Award. (Photo from the writer’s official Web site: www.mayaangelou.com)

Dr. Maya Angelou will receive the 2013 Literarian Award from the The National Book Foundation, which presents the National Book Awards.

The Literarian Award honors an individual for “outstanding service to the American literary community.” It will be presented to Dr. Angelou at a dinner Nov. 20 in New York City.

Dr. Angelou is revered as an author, poet, performer, teacher and humanitarian. Her prominence as a writer came when she published her literary autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

During her distinguished career as a writer, Dr. Angelou has published five books of poetry, three books of essays, a children’s book, and six long-form poems, including “On the Pulse of Morning,” which she read at the 1992 inauguration of President Bill Clinton.

And Dr. Angelou has not retired. At the young age of 85, she published her seventh autobiography, Mom & Me & Mom. Her published verse, non-fiction and fiction works include more than 30 bestselling titles.

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Terrific Tuesday: The Seuss Art Sweepstakes!

The Dr. Seuss Sweepstakes continues. Register now!

The Art of Dr. Seuss Sweepstakes continues. Register now!

We know that you know how much we love the famous author and illustrator Dr. Seuss.

Therefore, it’s almost embarrassing to admit that we nearly missed this Dr. Seuss Sweepstakes. Oops! But take a deep breath because it’s not too late to enter. Simply go to this Facebook link, https://www.facebook.com/artofdrseuss, to learn more.

You can register to win a limited edition print or a collector’s edition of “The Cat behind the Hat.” To enter, you must be at least 18 years old. However, those who are younger than 18 probably can find a parent to enter — or those who consider themselves younger than 18 probably can find a friend to enter for them. Either way, time is of the essence. You must register before March 31.

And did you know that Dr. Seuss created drawings and paintings never intended for his books? In fact, he didn’t want these works of art shown until after his death. In 1997, the Art of Dr. Seuss project was launched, and Dr. Seuss fans — young and old alike — have had the chance to see Dr. Seuss as an artist beyond his beloved books that truly are for readers of all ages. To learn more about his complete works of art, visit http://www.drseussart.com/.

It will be truly terrific if you win. We’ll be ever so happy for you — and somewhat green with envy. But not envious enough that we’d be likely to order “green eggs and ham.”

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