Category: Michigan

“Snow” Pretty

Flint got me a present! Isn’t it pretty? I’m very excited to be visiting with old friends and new on my second visit to Flint, Michigan. I’ll be here for three whole days! I’m talking to third graders (and giving away some books), but I’m also planning to chat...

Business AND Pleasure in the U.P.

I could never say that a visit to Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula was all business and no pleasure! However, I can say that I was on a mission during this last visit, and sure enough, I managed to visit with students in Marquette, Calumet, and Copper Harbor AND have...

“Can I take it home?”

“Can I put my name in it?” “Is it mine to keep?” It’s not a scientific survey by any means, but with these and some of the other questions I got while handing out copies of The Clue at Copper Harbor to third graders in Flint, Michigan, I’m going...

The Third Grade Muffin Project

Have you ever started out to do one thing only to find yourself doing something altogether different? I do that all the time. Sometimes it’s good and sometimes… Well, sometimes it’s just another way of procrastinating. But this time it turned into what I call the “Muffin Project.” The thing...

Up and Coming

So much has been going on that I’ve neglected my blog (and my readers) shamelessly. Well, that ends today…and we’ll hope that I can do better in the future. But, for right now, let me bring you up to date: ● My son graduated from Saint Mary’s College in...

Strawberry Moon AND Summer Solstice!

Did you know that full moons have names? I’ve always heard about Blue Moons and Harvest Moons (mainly because of the songs), but I never knew about the Hunter’s Moon or the Blood Moon or June’s Strawberry Moon until this year when June’s full moon (a.k.a. the Strawberry Moon...

Is this cool, or what?

Or maybe I should say, “Isn’t this COLD!” Here are two winter-time pictures of the Copper Harbor Lighthouse. In the first picture, you can see Lake Superior in the background. Now take a look at this second picture. Doesn’t the lighthouse look like it’s in the middle of a...

Did you see who I met the other day?

There I was, delivering my latest book to the library at Eisenhower Elementary School (my favorite elementary school in California!) and there she was—telling stories to the students. How lucky can you get? Who was it? Why, Patricia Polacco, of course. Author and illustrator of some of the most...

Falling for the U.P.

Michigan has two parts to it. There’s the lower part that looks like a mitten, and then there’s the U.P. (That stands for Upper Peninsula, eh?) I spent the last week of October in Michigan’s wonderful Upper Peninsula…working. Did I mention that I love my work? Let me tell...

Should I Be Worried?

It has not escaped my attention that Mercy seems to “blog” as much as I do. Okay, let’s be honest. She blogs more than I do and her pictures are cuter. I’m not sure why that is, but I will point out that while she is busy having fun...
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