Sunday, April 29, 2012

new writing studio

To make room for the little racecar
I switched my office from the front of the house to the back.  
Here's a few pictures of the space:

my wonderful desk

a few favorite books

and an orange kitty who loves our new room

Saturday, April 28, 2012

untitled poem

as summer approaches
i cover my face
wanting to find
my own quiet place
to lay my head
on a cool, crisp sheet
why can't i have
a nap that's complete
without all this light
and sunshine and cheer
when will it leave?
never, i fear
i want to sleep
for all of the day
so nighttime come quick
please don't delay
your pale moons and gray
skylines above
in darkness i rest
peaceful, in love

Friday, April 27, 2012

word of the week

Our Word of the Week

that I added to the fish bowl on my desk


heartbroken (adjective)  1. filled with great sadness

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

new studio

As a result of my little racecar on the way, I needed to move my writing studio from the front of our house to the back.  I was hesitant to do this because I loved my original office so much, but I think the change as been good for me. I found inspiration in framing new pictures for the wall above my desk.

Pictures clockwise starting in middle: sketch by my sister Miranda Maxwell, watercolor of The Little House, illustration from "A Child's Garden of Verses", the lighthouse at Beavertail, school pictures of me and my husband (ages 5 and 7), Baily's Beach, envelope decorated by my mom, Save the Date for my wedding (artwork by Miranda Maxwell)

Click here to see writing studio #1.  
More pictures of writing studio #2 coming soon!

Monday, April 23, 2012

colorscope for two taurus men

Click here to see which two men match this Colorscope.
Interested in learning why Taurus is bright green?  Go here.  
Why Aries is red?  Here.  Why Capricorn is brown?  Here.
Do you want to know what your Colorscope is?  Go here.

Friday, April 20, 2012

word of the week

Our Word of the Week

that I added to the fish bowl on my desk


plume (noun)  1. a feather or group of feathers on a bird  2. something (such as smoke, steam, or water) that rises into the air in a tall, thin shape

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

book poems using board books

oh the thinks you can think
my friends
when the world is ready for bed

brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?

Click here to read more book poems!

Monday, April 16, 2012

first attempt

While I was trying to photograph my newest book poems, 
Calvin wanted a little attention.

Book poems using board books coming soon!

Friday, April 13, 2012

word of the week

Our Word of the Week

that I added to the fish bowl on my desk


middle-of-the-road (adjective)  1. supporting or following a course of action that is not extreme and that is acceptable to many different people.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

happy birthday, beverly cleary!

Born April 12, 1916

Last year, Lisa Yee wrote this lovely article about Beverly Cleary.  Yee believes that "Ramona Quimby is at the heart of Cleary's world".  I completely agree. Ramona Quimby, Age Eight is one of my all time favorite books.

Image via

Monday, April 9, 2012

spring is here

Inspired by the glorious Easter weekend weather, 
I planted these flowers in the backyard.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

the wonderful story of henry sugar and six more

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More
by Roald Dahl

Synopsis from Goodreads:  Seven stories of fantasy and fun by the fantastic Roald Dahl. 
The Boy Who Talked With Animals - in which a stranded sea turtle and a small boy have more in common than meets the eye. 
The Hitchhiker - proves that in a pinch a professional pickpocket can be the perfect pal. 
The Mildenhall Treasure - a true tale of fortune found and an opportunity lost. 
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar - in which a modern-day Robin Hood brings joy to the hearts of orphans - and fear to the souls of casino owners around the world.

What I think:  Roald Dahl is one of my very favorite writers, so it comes as no surprise that I love this book.  It's a great read for adults and children.  The short story called "The Boy Who Talked to Animals" has a very strong child's point of view and, "The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar" is perfectly written.

Friday, April 6, 2012

word of the week

Our Word of the Week

that I added to the fish bowl on my desk


balk (noun) 1.  an occurrence in which a pitcher stops suddenly or makes an illegal movement after starting to throw a pitch

(During the Red Sox's unfortunate opening day loss, the bullpen did not throw any balks.)