Instagram of the Week: 30 British Problems

These problems aren’t original to me (they’re included in a new book, The Very British Problems) but I can certainly vouch for their accuracy. Although, living in the USA has started to rub off on me and I find I don’t have all of them anymore… 30 British Problems source: Tickld.com 1. Not quite catching someone’s… Read more »

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First Impressions of Jack – Douglas Gresham Interview (Pt. 1)

I love this 8-part interview with C.S. Lewis’ stepson, Douglas Gresham. And thought I’d share some brief thoughts on each part over the next several weeks and invite you to share your own as well. Here’s part one: In part one, Douglas recounts the first time he met “Jack,” as a boy of 8. His… Read more »

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Your True Voice

When my 14-year-old niece EP was visiting from the UK last month, she took a singing lesson. (Here’s a picture of a singing lesson from the olden days. I put it here because I like the singing lady’s hat. Our lesson obviously looked nothing like this thank goodness.) The teacher is a friend of mine… Read more »

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Instagram of the Week: Tulips

“See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” Matthew 6:28-29 Follow Sally on Instagram.

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Searching for Sugar Man

Very sad to hear of the death of Malik Bendjelloul, the film-maker whose Searching For Sugar Man, about the hunt for a forgotten musician, won an oscar. It is a stunning and poignant and moving documentary that stays with you. I loved it. “This was the greatest, the most amazing, true story I’d ever heard,… Read more »

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Quote of the Week: Open House for Butterflies

One of my favorite pages from one of my favorite children’s books, by one of my favorite children’s book writer/illustrator teams, in one of the golden ages of children’s publishing. Deceptively simple. Perfectly captures a child’s voice. A book that I read and re-read that keeps me on my toes. (I mean, just the title!)… Read more »

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Picture books and Pantomime

Pantomime is a participatory form of theater. (Apologies if you are British and I might just as well be explaining to you what tea is.) Pantomime requires your participation for it to work. The audience is expected to sing along with certain parts of the music and shout out phrases to the performers. (Help! Are… Read more »

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How To Be A New Yorker

As a New Yorker (trained in unwritten rules and codes of conduct without even realizing it), I do not need NYC BASIC TIPS AND ETIQUETTE. But I wonder. Might you? If you are visiting New York it will come in very handy. And save you from embarrassment. (Indeed, if you master these etiquette tips, you… Read more »

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Picture Books and Accounting

One December, I found myself looking back over the year wondering, unhelpfully, in a businessy tax-ish counting sort of way: “Now let’s see, what exactly did I do this year?” (I should have known by that “exactly” where this would go). So I began counting up the number of picture book manuscripts I’d done that… Read more »

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Doreen’s First Outing

I had my precious one and only author copy, which I mistakenly showed to my little three-year old friend AE… She immediately had to have it read to her 15 times. And then took it to bed. And has gone to sleep with it ever since. She calls it her fishy book. And says it’s… Read more »

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