In her book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Anne Lamott says, “For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”
My hope is that this is what books become to you—as important as almost anything else on earth. This blog is about helping you find the miracle in these small, flat, rigid squares of paper while you are in middle school and beyond. Once you read alongside me, you are forever a member of my tribe of readers. No matter how you old you are, when you need to be reminded of the power of a good story, you will find me here, waiting to place one in your hands.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Monday, January 20, 2014
“Leaning against my father, the sadness finally broke open inside me, hollowing out my heart and leaving me bleeding. My feet felt rooted in the dirt. There were more than two bodies buried here. Pieces of me that I didn’t even know were under the ground. Pieces of Dad, too.”-from The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Monday, January 6, 2014
“There is one kind of sport which should be especially encouraged, although many people . . . consider it brutal and vulgar, and that is boxing . . . There is no other sport which equals this in developing the militant spirit, none that demands such a power of rapid decision or which gives the bod the flexibility of good steel . . . But, above all, a healthy youth has to learn to endure hard knocks.”-Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
Monday, October 21, 2013
Thursday, July 4, 2013
|Lauren Myracle signing my copy of Shine|
“The approach of twilight, along with the insect sounds that heralded it, made me feel alone in a way of separating me from all things human.”from Shine by Lauren Myracle, page 143 (paperback)
“Dark flecks messed with my vision, because turned out I wasn’t so good with heights. I didn’t know it till then. Wasn’t that odd? All the stuff that went into mind and body and soul, and so much of it left buried unless the right situation came along to unearth it.”from Shine by Lauren Myracle, page 157 (paperback)
“I hid in the shadows, but hiding had the power to hurt, too.”from Shine by Lauren Myracle, page 291 (paperback)
Monday, July 1, 2013
from “Triage, Class Two” in Formerly Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham…I wonder,what would it be like if we all wore tagsdeclaring the state of our injuries?Because we all have them—call themwhat you will. We all walk aroundwith thorns on our shoulders,in our heads, our hearts, our past,our present.Significant. Minor. Immediate.