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!
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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!

 

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Terrific Tuesday: Read. Play. Run.

Football star Malcolm Mitchell of the University of Georgia joined a women's book club -- but that's only a small part of his success story.

Football star Malcolm Mitchell of the University of Georgia joined a women’s book club — but that’s only a small part of his success story.

Every now and then, we see something on television that we must share.

Although our readers know that the Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, works at the University of South Carolina and cheers for the Gamecocks, we are nevertheless giving a “shout-out” today to Malcolm Mitchell, a wide receiver for the University of Georgia football team, known as the Bulldogs.

CBS News featured Malcolm on its newscast Friday night and again on its Sunday Morning program. The TV story was done not because of his starring role on the football field. It is because Malcolm joined a women’s book club in Athens, Ga., which is a funny story in itself. The group of women in their 40s to 60s welcomed Malcolm of Valdosta, Ga., as a member, and he participates in their discussion of books that he probably wouldn’t have read otherwise.

The important part of the story here, however, is that Malcolm realized that he was not reading at a college level when he arrived at UGA. So, he began putting as much attention into reading as he does playing football. His efforts earned him the name “nerd” among his friends. It’s a title, he says, that he’s proud of because he had to work so hard to earn it. Football, he explained to the interviewer, was a gift, and it came easy to him. Reading was a challenge, but Malcolm tackled it and has excelled.

You don’t have to be a UGA fan to be proud of Malcolm’s many achievements on and off the field. And we applaud his making a difference in literacy through sharing his personal story.

As a famous blogger, I, Lady Louise, do wonder if Malcolm knows that the word “nerd” found it’s way into our language because of Dr. Seuss. I wrote about it once in this very blog. The first time that the word “nerd” appeared in the English language was in 1950 in the Dr. Seuss book “If I Ran the Zoo.” A character in the book, Gerald McGrew, tells about the fabulous creatures that he would have in a zoo “… a Nerckle, a Nerd, and a Seersucker, too.”

You must see this important story on Malcolm Mitchell. He is an inspiration to many!

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/college-football-stars-novel-story/

And, of course, “Go ‘Dogs!”

 (Photo from tv.yahoo.com)

 

 

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Wordy Wednesday: How to Read the Words?

Authors weigh in on their preferences of books with paper vs. E-Books.

Authors weigh in on their preferences of books with paper vs. E-Books.

The debate continues: How do you want to read the words in a book?

Would you prefer to have a book with “real” pages? Or is it acceptable, perhaps even better, to read a book electronically?

Six authors weighed in on the subject recently, and their responses favored those print pages that so many people still love. And, yet, the practicality of an E-Book is preferred by many. Perhaps that’s the way it’s supposed to be in the world. All of us don’t have to love the same thing.

It’s hard to imagine — and we don’t want to — the time when you can’t walk through a library with books almost reaching from floor to ceiling. We seem to like the appeal of “real” books that we can see and touch and hold rather than words floating in cyberspace.

Whatever you prefer, here’s an interesting article on what six authors have to say about print vs. E-Book: http://goo.gl/zaifcK.

(Photo illustration by Paul, freedigitalphotos.net)

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Terrific Tuesday: A Special Glossary for Book Lovers

 

Did you know that there is a glossary just for book nerds? Check it out and learn more!

Did you know that there is a glossary just for book nerds? Check it out and learn more!

 

Have you ever found it hard to function at school or work because you stayed up too late to read a book?

Well, if you are book lover, we’re certain that you have. The name for this malady is “book hangover.” You may have the same fatigued, droopy look as someone who had too much to drink, but we hope that you aren’t feeling the same effects — unless, of course, you ate too many snackees while reading.

Epic Reads has assembled a glossary for book nerds, and we think that you will find it most interesting.

We’re sure that you already know the word “dog ear,” which could be taken as a personal affront to the canines of the world. But have you heard about book shimmying or book stripping?

Inquiring minds want to know. Therefore, you must check out the Epic Reads nerd glossary for yourself. It’s just a click away: http://goo.gl/64r59w.

(Illustration by iosphere; freedigitalphotos.net)

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Fantabulous Friday: Reading Is Healthy!

Scientists have found that reading fiction is good for your health. We knew that already, right?

Scientists have found that reading fiction is good for your health. We knew that already, right?

 

 

Whew! I am just back from the Children’s Field Trip morning at the S.C. Book Festival, and the Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, has put me to work again!

Was it in my contract when she adopted me from Carolina Poodle Rescue that I would have to work? Has it escaped everyone’s attention that I am a Standard Poodle, for gosh sake? I thought I would have a life of leisure! And bonbons, of course!

Anyway, I did my best and let the children hug, pat and kiss me after Mom Karen talked to them about books and writing and me — yes, me, me, me! The children were very smart and asked many good questions. We were very impressed by their smartness!

Besides, someone has to help the Editorial Assistant out, and I guess it’s not too bad of a job. I do get good snackees after all. And I insist on napping when I return home.

It should come as no surprise, however, that Mom Karen has pulled out all the stops to let people know everything about why you should read. She even found an article that tells why reading fiction will improve your health!

A scientist said it was true, so maybe it is.

Read http://goo.gl/y5ACzX to know more.

You can even have a snackee while reading the article, and it doesn’t have to be a vegetable. But don’t let anyone know I said that!

(Illustration by Witthaya Phonsawat, freedigitalphotos.net)

 

 

 

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