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A Long Way From Chicago (Richard Peck)
Blue Skin of the Sea (Graham Salisbury)
Gift From The Sea (Anne Morrow Lindbergh)
Jacob Have I Loved (Katherine Paterson)
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher (Bruce Coville)
Jungle Dogs (Graham Salisbury)
Just So Stories (Rudyard Kipling)
Lonesome Dove (Larry McMurtry)
My Name Is Asher Lev (Chaim Potok)
The Dark Is Rising sequence (Susan Cooper)
Tunes For Bears To Dance To (Robert Cormier)
Walking On Water: Reflections on Faith and Art (Madeleine

all of the Oz Books
all of the Harry Potter Books

I LOVE movies! How many of these have you seen?

A Christmas Story
A Mighty Wind
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Much Ado About Nothing
Henry V (Kenneth Branagh)
It's A Wonderful Life
My Favorite Year
Noises Off
Roman Holiday
Sense and Sensibility
The American President
The Lord of the Rings trilogy
The Philadelphia Story
The Quiet Man
When Harry Met Sally...

Doctor Who
The Daily Show
Who Do You Think You Are?
The Big Bang Theory
Battlestar Galactica (the 2004 reboot)
The Vicar of Dibley
So You Think You Can Dance
I Love Lucy
Downton Abbey
Project Runway

Music has always been a big part of my life. I could listen to any of these people any time.

The Chieftains
Frank Sinatra
John Denver
The Beatles
Tony Bennett
Gordon Lightfoot
Barry Manilow


Apples--especially tart ones
Guacamole (I have a terrific recipe!)
Spanakopita (Greek--spinach and feta cheese in phyllo)
Crunchy peanut butter
Plain yogurt
Homemade vegetable soup

  • Earthshots Amazing photographs celebrating the beauty and diversity of our planet.
  • Rhymezone Looking for a rhyme? You'll find it here in this online rhyming dictionary.
  • Seeing Fresh A website of contemplative photography--seeing and photographing the world in fresh ways. Gorgeous stuff here.
  • Teaching Authors Six children's book authors who also teach writing to children, teens and adults. Regular features include writing exercises, teaching tips, author interviews, book reviews, and more.
  • The Erie Canal History, images, maps and so much more--a wealth of information on the ditch that opened the way to the American West.
  • The Internet Movie Database If you want to know something--anything--about a movie, you'll find it here.
  • The Society of Children's Bookwriters and Illustrators The website of the international professional organization for writers and illustrators of children's literature. Lots of good stuff here!
  • Wordswimmer Writer Bruce Black's weekly musings on understanding the writing process.

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