Source: MORNINGSTAR: GROWING UP WITH BOOKS by Ann Hood & Giveaway via @CindyRoesel

I would have posted a comment without incentive. She had me at “Ann Hood.”
However, make me an offer I can’t refuse. I’ll take that book and give it a good home.
I suspect “Growing Up” and “Books” are intertwined facets of my life.
One side of the street could not exist without the other.

James Baldwin on the Creative Process and the Artist’s Responsibility to Society – Brain Pickings

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”– JAMES BALDWIN

The more you read, the less alone you think you are. The more you read, the less alone you truly are.

What have I been telling myself for years and years and years?

“A society must assume that it is stable, but the artist must know, and he must let us know, that there is nothing stable under heaven.”

Source: James Baldwin on the Creative Process and the Artist’s Responsibility to Society – Brain Pickings

What’s New at School? Free Webinar! More Posts! (+ a #Giveaway!)

A Message from your Mentors.
Read or See Me after class for a special session of detention.

Nerdy Chicks Write

badge final 4x4-brighter heartYou know how it goes, every year when school starts back up students want to know what has changed, what’s the same, and who is going to be around. Same thing happens with Kidlit Summer School, right? So we thought we’d fill you in on some exiting changes! For the first time ever, we are offering a week of PRE-Kidlit Summer School posts. For this awesome week of inspiration, five members of our KLSS Faculties from our first two years have volunteered to share their winning strategies for getting into the writing groove. Look for posts NEXT WEEK from Jen Malone, John Claude Bemis, Rebecca Petruck, Kristine Asselin, and Tara Lazar! Their wisdom will pave the way for  you to get psyched and excited about writing. Then we’ll take the week of July fourth off for these great ideas to percolate, and hit the books with…

View original post 634 more words

At Home, She Feels Like a Tourist

You live in New York.
You share a debit card with your daughter.
Your daughter travels to Philadelphia for the weekend.
Your daughter tries to use the card to
buy an $8 item in Philadelphia.
Your card is declined for an $8 purchase.
You call customer service. Embarrassment is involved. Everyone thinks you don’t have $8 to your name.
You plug in a lot of information before a human voice
enters into the equation.
Your bank customer service says the card was declined
to prevent fraud.
Your bank customer service representative says “Let us know you are travelling out of state when using your card.”
You remind customer service New York and Pennsylvania are not exactly distant relatives. You know, these -United- States. One nation, under G-d, with liberty and justice for all.
You question the tagline “America’s Most Convenient Bank” in the bank’s advertisements.