Category: M.C. Tillson

Writing for Reading

I’m currently working on a rhyming picture book, so everything I say seems to be part of a poem. No matter whether I’m talking with a friend, doing my technical writing, or sending an email, I seem to rhyme. It’s not really a problem, but it is a little...

Not Doing It!

I refuse. I absolutely will not. Pick a favorite, that is. I love lighthouses. Period. End of sentence. And I’m not going to pick a favorite. It’s like a mother picking her favorite child. (It’s you, Micah.) What I will do is share some of my favorites with you,...

Ice Cream, Anyone?

Whether it’s soft-serve, hand-dipped, home-made, or from the freezer at the gas station, ice cream means something special. Is it any wonder then, that Ronald Regan (self-proclaimed jellybean connoisseur) signed legislation in 1984 designating the entire month of July as National Ice Cream month? If you’ve read any of...

Where Have I Been?

Does it sometimes seem like time goes really fast (especially when you’re having fun or doing something interesting) and sometimes it goes  R  E  A   L   L   Y     S    L    O    W? Sometimes, when I just can’t stand how slow time is going by, I...

“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...

When Is a Fact Not a Fact?

Sounds like one of Dad’s riddles, doesn’t it? But the answer is important: a fact isn’t a fact when it’s an opinion. Can you tell the difference? The cool thing about facts is that it doesn’t matter whether you agree with them or not, they are still facts. For...

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...

Hello, Third Graders!

What’s better than a school full of third-graders who like to read mysteries? Five schools of mystery-reading third-graders! What a terrific time I had meeting the students, teachers, and administrators at Belville, Bolivia, Jessie Mae Monroe, Lincoln, and Southport Elementary Schools during my April visit to North Carolina. I...

“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...

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...
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