There’s a Place For Us

For a few years I’ve been noticing three notes that play out on some NYC subway lines as the train leaves the station (you hear them on some 2, 4 and 5 lines). A NYT article uncovered what they are. When the subway brakes are engaged, they sing the first three notes of “There’s a… Read more »

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Horn Book Review: The House That’s Your Home

It’s not out yet but we can’t wait… it’s coming, it’s coming. February 10th… but in the meantime, here’s a lovely review of The House That’s Your Home (illustrated by Jane Dyer/Published by Schwartz & Wade/RH)…from Horn Book. What a thoughful review from Megan (thank you!). LOVE Horn Book. They are very wise and discerning… Read more »

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Vulnerability and love

“When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability . . . To be alive is to be vulnerable.” Madeleine L’Engle Just having had Epiphany (which means, “Bright Appearing”)… and having celebrated the Christmas story, I’ve been… Read more »

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Story in the Round with Amy Grant & Ashley Cleveland

New York! The Story in the Round show is coming to town on February 12. Join me, Amy Grant, and Ashley Cleveland for an evening of stories and songs. Wait. What am I doing? Singing? Dancing? Worse? For those, like me, who weren’t familiar with the “in the round” concept–basically it means we each take… Read more »

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libraries forever

E B White wrote this wonderful letter to a child explaining why libraries are important. Isn’t that great? Here are 10 other writers on libraries… Starting with my very favorite: “People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.” Saul Bellow “Without libraries we have no past and no future.” Ray Bradbury… Read more »

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Catnap — Simon’s Cat video

It’s Cat Monday! Once again! Oh Hooray! (Last year, I found this fantastic series of small cat videos that are funny and they will make you laugh. Even on a Monday.) And so, because I’m nice like that, I’ve been posting every single one I can get my hands on. And there are LOADS hooray!… Read more »

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Where is the humanity it that?

Someone once asked me in front of a Rothko “But where is the humanity in that?” Representational art, he felt, was more respectful and worshipful of the world and mankind, whereas modern art had turned its back on it. I asked my friend Dan Siedell (author and Presidential Scholar and Art Historian in Residence at… Read more »

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The light of the world

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.” Isaiah 9:2 #‎advent

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