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

Wordy Wednesday: Are You “Adorkable”?

The popularity of being a "dork" is seen in the popular book series, the "Dork Diaries," and also in a new word -- adorkable -- being added to the dictionary!

The popularity of being a “dork” is seen in the popular book series, the “Dork Diaries,” and also in a new word — adorkable — being
added to the dictionary!

Technology has given us many new words for our spoken vocabulary, and many of them are finding their way into the “real” dictionary (even if the dictionary in question is online)>

We’ve just learned that the Collins English Dictionary will add the word “adorkable” to its official dictionary later this year. The word means “adorable dork” and first appeared on Twitter in March 2007.

So, if you’ve been pining for that handsome guy with the pencil protector on his shirt pocket, then he may be simply “adorkable.” Apparently, that could be a good thing!

Check out http://goo.gl/OC1xGv to learn about this and other interesting words making the list as dictionary “newcomers” in 2014.

 

 

 

Read More

Thoughtful Thursday: It’s Today!

Pooh

We can always count on our friend Winnie the Pooh to put things in perspective for us.

The beloved fictional character was the creation of A. A. Milne. Pooh made his debut in the book “Winnie-the-Pooh,” published in 1926 and followed by “The House at Pooh Corner” in 1928. Mr. Milne’s character also was featured in his books of poetry, “When We Were Very Young” and “Now We Are Six.”

Winnie the Pooh was brought to life in movies and short feature films by Disney, giving a face and voice to the lovable bear and the many friends around him.

Through his innocent charm, Pooh gave us many other delightful and inspirational lessons:

On Living Without Someone You Love: “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”

On Friendship and Love: “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

On Caring: “Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.”

On Forgetfulness: “I did know once, only I’ve sort of forgotten.”

On Courage: “It is hard to be brave, when you’re only a Very Small Animal.”

Read More

Terrific Tuesday: Spring Reading

 

It's spring -- time to use your imagination to brighten the world. With "Aviary Wonders Inc.," you can design your very own bird!

It’s spring — time to use your imagination to brighten the world. With “Aviary Wonders Inc.,” you can design your very own bird!

On a day just ahead when you’re loathe to continue on with spring cleaning, we’re  certain that you’d love to take a moment and read a book with a child — or simply steal away a read a great children’s book on your own. Reading is always more fun than lugging around those cleaners and scrubbing agents.

Here are 20 great books to read with children. The Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, is hoping to add her books to the list one day very soon.

In the meantime, visit http://goo.gl/Ef4wVa to get started on your “spring reading.”

 

Read More

Move It Monday: Shopping for Those Teens!

packagesMy Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, has been making a list and checking it twice.

And I KNOW that I must be first on the list for something very special. Can we spell “filet mignon”?

But not everyone is as easy to please as I am, especially those teen-agers in your lives.

Thank goodness, a list has emerged for shopping for these hard-to-shop-for people in your lives. As you know, we love the gift of books!

And in the spirit of sharing, my Editorial Assistant is putting a link to the list for you.:http://readingaddicts.co.uk/literary-christmas-list-teenagers/ .

So, make your list, check it twice and get movin’ on that shopping!

Ddon’t forget: Lady Louise is at the top of the list!

 

 

Read More

Terrific Tuesday: Kids’ Best Halloween Books

SpellBee

After contemplating a post on the scariest fairy tales — some of which are more frightening than anything we’ve read from Grimms — we decided to let you know about some very  charming children’s Halloween books.

That’s because we’re not crazy about being scared ourselves. Therefore, gruesome fairy tales are better left to another person’s blog.

From a baby vampire to stomping monsters to a witch who wants to be a champion speller, here are some great books for children to read and for adults to enjoy reading to children: http://goo.gl/EvNJHE.

And when you’re reading, don’t forget to brew a cup of hot chocolate and stir up a batch of your favorite homemade cookies. Give my Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, a call. We’ll be right over with our trick-or-treat bag to sample the “snackees.”

 

Read More