Out and About

Mazza Monday

Well, the first day of the 2012 Mazza Summer Institute has come and gone.  And what a Monday! The first keynote speaker?  Carmen Bernier-Grand, three-time winner of the Pura Belpre Award and a tiny powerhouse of encouragement and inspiration.  As a child, Carmen was scolded by her older sister for staring at people, but Carmen […]

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Ohio’s Best-Kept Secret

Imagine a place where everyone in the room adores books the way you do.   A place where illustrations from children’s books, classic to modern, line the walls, and the chatter around you buzzes with words like “artist,” “create,” and “literature.” Are you dreaming? Probably not.  You’re likely in Findlay, Ohio.  Now you probably think I’m […]

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In Memory of a Bookstore

It’s been two and a half years since my first book was released. I’m thankful for many things.  To name just a few:  the enthusiastic readers I’ve met, my fellow authors (especially the first-class crowd of Ohio authors) who support and cheer one another passionately, and the fact that the book is still in print! […]

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In Search of… A Gnome Home

It’s a big stretch, I know.  From cattle to gnomes.  But my current work-in-progress has me reading and studying all about our wee friends in pointy hats.  I’m developing a particular fondness  for woodland gnomes.   So, on a recent hiking trip in the Hocking Hills, my daughters, my nieces and I were on the lookout […]

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Hot dog sauce

Last Friday, Maggie and I made a 4-hour drive from the farm to Gallia County, down on the Ohio River.  We were on a research trip for a work-in-progress and our gracious hosts, Chuck and Marjorie, suggested a popular lunch spot in Gallipolis.  Because “they have the best hot dog sauce,” Marjorie told me.  “If you […]

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Oh, Blarney!

Well, we’ve all heard of the Blarney Stone, I suppose.  But little did I know that it is located at the very top of Blarney Castle in the village called Blarney in County Cork, Ireland.  Lovely, isn’t it? Okay, this is what it looked like this morning.  I guess a building built in 1446 might be in need […]

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