To Be or Not …

(Infographic from the daily-sun.com)

(Infographic from the daily-sun.com)

You must have been hiding under a rock last week not to have noticed that April 23 was the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. From international celebrations to news programs, The Bard was honored for his plays, sonnets and poems.  The observance, of course, will continue through 2016 and certainly will lead to many people discovering that “what’s old is new.”

One doesn’t have to be a fan of Shakespeare to have been influenced by his works.  We found a delightful article in Entrepreneur magazine that features 15 of his most inspirational quotes, some of which you might choose to use in your own life.

Among our favorites:

Don’t take on too much: “Be patient, for the world is broad and wide.” — Romeo and Juliet

Meet deadlines: “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.” — The Merry Wives of Windsor

Anticipate success: “Fortune brings in some boats that are not steer’d.” – Cymbeline

Visit http://goo.gl/2xW6Ef  to read the complete article.

The fact that we are celebrating Shakespeare centuries after his death proves that great writing is timeless!

 

Read More

Ready for the Read-In!

The Read-In at the S.C. Statehouse is always a huge success. I look forward to the  2016 Read-in on April 14. Come see what all of the excitement is about!

The Read-In at the S.C. Statehouse in Columbia is always a huge success!

We’re ready to go. Almost!

The Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, and I are on the countdown to Read-In 2016, a statewide celebration of reading that will be at the Statehouse in Columbia, S.C.,  on Thursday, April 14.

Over the years, we have loved participating in this exciting event for students, librarians, parents and other literacy supporters. This fun day is designed to demonstrate the importance of reading and the need for library services in our communities.

We’ll be part of the grand parade beginning at 10 a.m. at the State Library in the Palmetto State and head to the Statehouse. With so many students, teachers, parents, music, beauty queens, book characters, library and school representatives and me, we’re sure to stop traffic!

The theme for 2016 is “The Magic of Books.” Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite book to read on the Statehouse grounds after the event.

Join the fun and look for us. Mom Karen is bringing my “Lady Louise, the Adventure Begins” book to read with me!

Visit http://read-in-sc.org to know more.

 

 

Read More

It’s all “smoke and mirrors”

Who knew? March 29 is Smoke and Mirrors Day.  Read here to know more about the meaning of this phrase.  (Photo illustration by Salvatore Vuono, freedigitalphotos.net)

Who knew? March 29 is Smoke and Mirrors Day.
Read here to know more about the meaning of this phrase.
(Photo illustration by Salvatore Vuono, freedigitalphotos.net)

It’s national “Smoke and Mirrors Day.” Who knew we had such an observance!

The phrase “smoke and mirrors” is a metaphor referring to fraudulent or deceptive acts or behavior. It is said to have been popularized around 1975 by the newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin, but the phrase may have originated among “carnies” using the expression to refer to magic acts.

The Urban Dictionary defines the phrase as “something/someone that deceives or distorts the truth.”

During this election year, beware the “smoke and mirrors” of candidates!

 

 

Read More

It’s the “in” thing!

The Read-In at the S.C. Statehouse was so fun that I needed a "nap in" when I got home.

The Read-In at the S.C. Statehouse was so fun that I needed a “nap in” when I got home.

Today we participated in the Read-In at the S.C. Statehouse in Columbia. Who could dispute the absolute brilliance of giving students a day of gathering to celebrate reading, libraries and our favorite books and characters! It’s such a good idea that we wish we could do this every week!

The word Read-In reminds us of “sit-in,” which most of us associate with organized protests in which people occupy a place and refuse to leave. A sit-in often is usually peaceful and a recognized form of civil disobedience. The civil rights movement in the United States was characterized by sit-ins as a means to protest segregation.
Adding the word “in” to a verb has given us show words as “drive in” in reference to a restaurant or a movie theater or the wish to “sleep in” on  a weekend morning. When people want to have parties, they sometimes call it a “drop in.” Years ago, many people loved a very funny television show called “Laugh In.”
Y0u get the idea.
And because we don’t wish to go and on and bore you, I have instructed the Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, to end this so that I can begin my own ‘nap in.” Being a star is such fun, but exhausting, too!
Read More

I’m Speaking Again!

I am speaking again, and in the next few weeks I will be sharing news about my new book, "Lady Louise." This charming illustration from Maureen Broussalian, America's favorite poodle artist, is part of our collaboration for the book.

I am speaking again, and in the next few weeks I will be sharing news about my new book, “Lady Louise.” This charming illustration from Maureen Broussalian, America’s favorite poodle artist, is part of our collaboration for the book.

Has it escaped your attention as it has mine that the Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, has been woefully neglectful of my blog!

Her attention span and creativity have been lost in the shuffle of her life, she says.

So, we’ve reshuffled some things and found a creative bone, and I am speaking  again.

I’m so thrilled to be back!

Many of you know that my book, “Lady Louise,” will make its debut soon, and my blog will give you many details.  Therefore, I will have days when I discuss all things related to reading and writing as I have done in the past and I will have days when I talk about my book and all things related to it!

First, you must know that I will be at the 2015 Read-In at the S.C. Statehouse tomorrow (Tuesday, March 14) to declare our support for the importance of reading. More than 3,000 students, teachers, parents and important people who love reading the same as we do will be there, too. And, it wouldn’t be a party without me — Lady Louise, the blogging poodle.

The Editorial Assistant asks that I express our gratitude for all of your kind words and messages. Our lives are made richer through the love we’ve had from you, and we could never imagine life without you.

Poodle hugs and kisses! The Editorial Assistant is sending hugs, too, as she searches for the cord to keep the computer charged. Her organizational skills still leave much to be desired. We’ll work on that in the reshuffle, too!

 

Read More

Terrific Tuesday: Our new book

DixieWithBook

Although our new book, “Together in Heaven,” has been on Amazon and other sites for several weeks now, it will make its official debut at a book launch party on Sunday, October 5, at The Mitchell House and Gardens in Lexington, S.C.

We applaud our Dixie for being such an inspiration and hope that children will be comforted by her words if they lose someone they love.

 

Read More