It happened several years ago. I woke up from the only surgery I’d ever had… a mastectomy. As soon as I emerged from the fog, realized where I was and that I had survived, I grabbed at my surgical gown. Pulling at that fist full of cloth, I opened my gown and looked down… Read more »Read More
The Story Behind “Courage Like Kate: The True Story Of A Girl Lighthouse Keeper”
Oh, friends! It happened in the middle of the night. Around 3am. I couldn’t sleep and turned to my phone to read news headlines. I spent years as a reporter and one of your primary responsibilities is to read as much as possible as often as possible. And what can I say? Old habits die… Read more »Read More
Ocean Shapes and Numbers: How to infuse math into summer reading!
Hello, Friends! When you think about time spent by a bright blue sea, you might daydream about a cool ocean breeze, playtime in the surf, tide pools exploration, or sand castles! But that vast expanse of water is also filled with shapes and numbers. Here are THREE fun and easy ways to bring those math… Read more »Read More
Make This! A Growing, Slithering Sea Snake of Book Covers (perfect for visually punctuating your reading adventures!)
Oh, Friends! Things are about to get really special. Today’s installment of our ocean-themed, summer reading project has it all! Think picture books + miniature book covers + art + story time for the win. (If this is your first visit here, Welcome! And it’s not too late to dive in. I’ve got all the… Read more »Read More
Time to make your cardboard-YELLOW-SUBMARINE dreams come TRUE!
Want a summer project that’s steeped in books and crafts? One that creates memories of a lifetime for your own kiddos, your students, or the tiniest library patrons… I have got you SO covered! In celebrating Summer Reading’s 2022 theme of Oceans of Possibilities, I’m giving the step-by-step on how to make the world’s most… Read more »Read More
Why You Need Your Own Personal Ocean (and How to Get one!)
What is it about the ocean that brings calm, inspires us to dream, oh… and is filled with so many stories and so much science to keep our brains well fed? This summer librarians across the country are celebrating all things oceans with a cool summer reading theme: Ocean of Possibilities. I am so here… Read more »Read More
How to Tell the Kids! Today’s Groundbreaking Milky Way Discovery
There is nothing more exciting than scientific discovery! Nothing! And about space? Black Holes? In our Milky Way Galaxy? All the Better! Meet our very own Milky Way black hole! It’s called Sagittarius A* (pronounced Sagittarius A Star). And today The Event Horizon Telescope Team revealed the first image of our own black hole, at… Read more »Read More
A COSMIC Announcement of MASSIVE Proportions is coming! Mark your Calendars
Calling all Black Hole Fans. Head’s up, Milky Way Fans. This is not a drill! I am officially FREAKING out, I am so excited. Mark your calendars! On May 12, 2022, an epic announcement is headed our way. The Event Horizon Telescope team – – that global team of researchers who captured the first EVER image… Read more »Read More
WRITING TIP! An Alarm Bell is Ringing in Your Brain. Why You Need to Listen
Here’s one of the first lessons I learned as a journalist… I was sitting in the state capitol in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. A debate was underway as to whether the Red Sox should stay at Fenway Park or build a new stadium in a different location. It was a hot button issue of huge… Read more »Read More
Cause To Celebrate!
Hello, friend. It’s the holiday season and I don’t know about you, but I am feeling all the feels. The lights, the tree, candles, egg nog, bring it on. I’m just waiting for our first Maine snowfall of the season which amazingly hasn’t happened yet, other than an overnight dusting that disappeared as soon as… Read more »Read More