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Ray Bradbury~ Happy 90th Birthday!

August 23, 2010

My Birthday wishes to Ray Bradbury are a day late, but better late than never and as a friend once told me: “I want you to know that I am thinking of you the day after your birthday; you had plenty of well wishers on the day of your birthday!

Ray Bradbury is best known as a sci-fi titan but in “my book” he is known and loved for one of the most glorious passages found in literature. This piece comes from his classic novel, Fahrenheit 451.

“Every one must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made.  Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way, so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.  It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said.   The lawn cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”

A Father’s Love and 15,000 Books…

August 22, 2010

I just finished an amazing book—brim full of humanity— a son’s tribute to his father. I would categorize the book, Losing My Cool: How A Father’s Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture by Thomas Chatterton Wiliams, as a “love letter from a son to his father, Pappy. Pappy, born in the segregated south in […]

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“The Kids’ Books Are All Right”

August 11, 2010

“The Kids’ Books Are All Right” (NYT 8.8.2010) http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/08/books/review/Paul-t.html found me chuckling to myself, as if the cat was finally out of the bag—disclosing the fact that the best of childrens’ and YA (Young Adult) literature is quite simply, great literature.  And to correct the erroneous notion that it was the Harry Potter books that started […]

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Happy Birthday P.L. Travers

August 9, 2010

As a child I was introduced to P.L.Travers as the author of her Marry Poppins titles, about a magical nanny of unknown origins who arrives at the Banks home in Cherry Tree Lane where she is given charge of the Banks children and teaches them valuable lessons with a magical touch. As an adult I […]

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Children choosing what they read significantly improves reading skills.

August 6, 2010

With the beginning of the school year just around the corner, it is a good time to acknowledge the fact that many children experience a summer slide in reading skills. In fact, “a child can lose up to two months of school each summer, according to the National Summer Learning Association. And the loss compounds […]

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