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1. Precious In God's Sight

"Under his watchful eye, a tiny sprout grows to a lovely, fragrant flower, the drab cocoon brings forth the beautiful butterfly, and the Babe in the manger becomes the Prince of Peace! These miracles bring wonderment and awe to our hearts, warming our souls like rays of sun on a spring morning, reminding us of an eternal truth--that all things are precious in his sight."  (from 

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Kindness ROCKS! To commemorate the release of their book The Emotion Thesaurus, Becca and Angela at The Bookshelf Muse are hosting a TITANIC Random Act Of Kindness BLITZ. And because I think KINDNESS is contagious, I’m participating too! Kindness is POWERFUL. Even the smallest gesture can fuel a person and keep them going. All over [...]

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3. Patrick Dennis Forever!

Holiday thoughts from razor-witted Patrick Dennis (aka Edward Everett Tanner III), who deserves to be remembered as the author of books beyond AUNTIE MAME.

AROUND THE WORLD WITH AUNTIE MAME (1958) begins with this:

Christmas is nearly here and I look forward to it more and more with loathing. All the shops that didn't have their holiday decorations up by Michaelmas made up for it with sheer ostentation by Halloween. Canned carols bleat from every corner. The clerks at Saks are surlier, the ones at Lord & Taylor lordlier, the ones at Bergdorf's bitchier than at any other season.
From THE JOYOUS SEASON* (1964), narrated by a 10-year-old boy:
Daddy always said that Christmas is a joyous season when suicides and hold-ups and shoplifting and like that reach a new high and that the best place to spend the whole thing is a Moslem country.
*Confession: I've put down THE FINKLER QUESTION twice to reread Patrick Dennis. Interpret as you wish.

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4. I ♥ Anthony Weiner!

Sometimes histrionics are The Right Thing:



Unconvinced? Read this NYT editorial: Feckless and Cruel.

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5. Thank You, Cecil Murphey

June has been officially declared as Cec Murphey Appreciation Month by grateful members of TWV2. I am just one of many writers who have been blessed by his generosity, kindness, and leadership. If you've been touched by one of his books; if you've been inspired by one of his sermons or workshops; if you've been a recipient of one of his scholarships; if you've been touched by Write2Ignite! in

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6. Calling all bloggers and authors - show the love for Libraries!

April 11-17 is National Library Week

I'd like to dedicate my blog that week to celebrate libraries and do some interviews about what they look for in books. Therefore I was thinking I could get people involved to participate.

If you would like to participate in the "Bloggers Love Libraries" - Library Appreciation week. Please let me know.

Here are some ways you can participate:

  1. Interview your local library and post the interview that week. Send me the link by April 9th and I will link to any interviews on my site that week so we can celebrate all the libraries around the country.
  2. Dedicate your blog to do posts that relate to libraries.
  3. Donate books a book basket that will be given away to a library that participates in the interview. (Not sure yet how the drawing will go yet)
  4. Donate any other items - pens, pencils, swag, skype tours, etc
I will collect all the items and create book baskets.

At the end of the week there will be a drawing for the book basket (if we get enough books, we may be able, to do more than just one basket).

Please email me at sjohannes@bilaninc.com if you would like to participate. :)

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7. A Caring Countdown: Ten Days and Nine Nights (An Adoption Story)

ten days and nine nights (an adoption story)Author: Yumi Heo (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Yumi Heo
Published: 2009 Schwartz & Wade (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780375847189

Simple first person narrative, cheerful illustrations and charming child-like details make this task-by-task countdown to the arrival of a long awaited sibling sweet reading for any child.

More tales of family welcoming and adoption on JOMB:

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487, so we can include your audio in our show.

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8. Waves, Ruts and Resilience: Camille McPhee Fell Under the Bus

Camille McPhee Fell Under the BusAuthor: Kristen Tracy (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Random House (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780385736879

A big thanks to guest host Lucy (10) for joining Andrea today to discuss this book.

Life can be challenging and fair’s got nothing to do with it. Parents are people. Friendship’s a worthwhile risk. There’s a lot to think about when you’re ten in the real world. Which is why I’m so glad Lucy (10) and I read this fun and fabulously thought provoking book.

Mentioned in this chat:

More books including less-than-perfect families on JOMB:

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487, so we can include your audio in our show.

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9. True Love: Hunwick’s Egg

Hunwick's EggAuthor: Mem Fox (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Pamela Lofts (on JOMB)
Published: 2005 Harcourt (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780152163181

Amidst mauve and pink Australian sunsets, this lyrically told and beautifully illustrated tale reminds us of the underrated pleasures of simply loving.

Other books mentioned:

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487, so we can include your audio in our show.

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10. Let Your Hair Down: Max Said “Yes!” (The Woodstock Story)

Max Said Author: Abigail Yasgur & Joseph Lipner
Illustrator: Barbara Mendes (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Change The Universe Press
ISBN: 9780615211442

Exuberant, edge-to-edge illustrations and simple rhyme salute a generous dairy farmer who took a chance on four kids, their dream and the prospect of peace.

You can watch Max Yasgur addressing the crowd at Woodstock, 1969, here.

August 15-17 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of Woodstock. How will you celebrate?

Other books mentioned:

More peace and tolerance on JOMB:

Pop over to Jama Rattigan’s Alphabet Soup for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487, so we can include your audio in our show.

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11. Noticing and Nurturing Each Other: How to Heal a Broken Wing

How to Heal a Broken WingAuthor: Bob Graham (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Bob Graham
Published: 2008 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763639036

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Airy illustrations and sparse poetic prose paint a poignant picture of hope, help and healing in this unspoken invitation to dare to care.

Other books mentioned:

Dreams of flying on JOMB:

Six weeks ago yesterday, in Woodstock, Ontario, eight year old Victoria Stafford  finished her school day … then disappeared.  As the days turned to weeks, Canadians coast to coast came to know Victoria and her family as we watched mother Tara McDonald’s daily efforts to keep the search for her daughter fresh in our minds.  This despite mounting public criticism and suspicion of Tara herself.

Yesterday, we learned of Tori’s tragic fate … and of her mother’s innocence.

This episode of Just One More Book! is dedicated to little Tori Stafford, with heartfelt hopes for the healing of those she left behind.

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12. Swamps, Chainsaws & Solipsism: Fiendish Deeds (The Joy of Spooking)

Fiendish Deeds (The Joy of Spooking)Author: P.J. Bracegirdle (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 McElderry Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1416934162

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Hard-core horror meets sumptuous simile in this gripping exploration of siblinghood, self-destruction and sanitized sameness.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

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13. Remembering for Grandma: Mile-High Apple Pie

Mile-High Apple PieAuthor: Laura Langston (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Lindsey Gardiner (on JOMB)
Published: 2004 Random House (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0099443880

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Happily sloppy artwork and perfectly picked words and pace present the first-person ponderings of a young girl as her once spunky grandmother slips into forgetfulness in this sweet, sad tale of coping and compassion.

More grandmothers on JOMB:

  • The Grandmother Doll
  • Getting to Know Ruben Plotnick
  • When-I-Was-a-Little-Girl
  • The Gardener
  • The Lotus Seed
  • Snow
  • Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie
  • Treasure For Lunch
  • Falling Angels
  • The Clay Ladies
  • Healing the Wounds of World War II
  • A Gift For Gita
  • Carmine, A Little More Red
  • Petite Rouge, A Cajun Red Riding Hood
  • Grandma’s Feather Bed
  • Bintou’s Braids
  • Seven Brave Women
  • Suki’s Kimono
  • The Not-So-Only Child
  • A Very Unusual Dog
  • Aunt Claire’s Yellow Beehive Hair
  • Mama’s Saris
  • Mr. Hiroshi’s Garden
  • I Am Small
  • Before You Were Here, Mi Amor
  • The Party
  • We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

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    14. Don’t Dis Diversity: Silly Tilly

    Silly TillyAuthor: Eileen Spinelli (on JOMB)
    Illustrator: David Slonim (on JOMB)
    Published: 2009 Marshall Cavendish (on JOMB)
    ISBN: 0761455256

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    Rhyming triplets and edge-to-edge smile-inducing illustrations follow the carefree foolishness of an unconventional goose and remind us to savour the spice of life.

    More independent thinkers on JOMB:

    Pop over to Under The Covers for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

    We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

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    15. Cultivating Hope: Mr. Hiroshi’s Garden

     Mr. Hiroshi's GardenAuthor: Maxine Trottier (on JOMB)
    Illustrator: Paul Morin (on JOMB)
    Published: 1999 Fitzhenry and Whiteside (on JOMB)
    ISBN: 1550051520

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    Dazzling light glows against darkening shadow as this warmly told memory of friendship and fortitude peeks into a dim chapter in Canadian history.

    Other books mentioned:

    For more information about the Japanese Internment of 1942-1945, visit Vanishing British Columbia, Canada: A People’s History, and Canadian Nikkei.

    You can read about more of our favourite Canadian, Asian-themed children’s books in this essay by Andrea at Paper Tigers.

    We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

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    16. Inventions, Adventure & Conservation: The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau

    The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques CousteauAuthor: Dan Yaccarino (on JOMB)
    Illustrator: Dan Yaccarino
    Published: 2009 Knopf Books (on JOMB)
    ISBN: 0375855734

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    Colour drenched, stylized illustrations, carefully selected quotes and simple, informative text open our eyes and imaginations to the creativity, curiosity and commitment of this explorer, inventor, filmmaker extraordinaire.

    More eye-opening biographies on JOMB:

    We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

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    17. Thinking Big, Beautifully: I Am Small

    I Am SmallAuthor: Sheree Fitch (on JOMB)
    Illustrator: Kim LaFave (on JOMB)
    Published: 1994 Doubleday Canada (on JOMB)
    ISBN: 0385254555

    “My eyes belong only to me, they tell me I’m me and nobody else.
    But if I were not inside my body, who would be me?”

    Breezy, upbeat illustrations and beautifully worded wonderings give us a stirring glimpse of the fresh and often forgotten preschool perspective in this thought-provoking reminder that, when it comes right down to it, we’re all small.

    Pop over to ayuddha.net for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

    HOTLINE VOICES: Thelma Slater, Chair of the Mayor’s Literacy Commission in Canton, Ohio, checks in with her fifty-something son to recall some of his childhood favourites including Dr. Seuss.

    We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

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    18. The Perfect Summer Job


    Looking for an isolated spot to complete your magum opus--or just enjoy some of Elmer Fudd's "nice west and wewaxation"--from Memorial Day to Labor Day?

    How about this: Be a summer caretaker at Maine's Seguin Island Lighthouse.

    The job requires "two compatible people" to live on the 64-acre island, 2 miles out from the mouth of the Kennebec River, near(ish) Popham Beach. Specs are here (scroll down); stipend may be $75/week.

    NB: Must like foghorns. Seguin's blows three double-blasts per minute on the many foggy days. The concussion is said to knock nearby gulls from the air.

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    19. A Captivating Chronicle: If I Die Before I Wake (The Flu Epidemic Diary of Fiona Macgregor)

    If I Die Before I Wake (The Flu Epidemic Diary of Fiona Macgregor, 1918)Author: Jean Little
    Published: 2007 Scholastic (on JOMB)
    ISBN: 0439988373

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    Beautifully bound in a soft unevenly edged journal and told with humour, innocence, intimacy and affection, the daily entries of a fictional twelve year old disclose the spellbinding details of life during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918-19.

    Our daughter Lucy (9) also contributes to the discussion of the book, which she tells us is part of her current favourite series.

    More war and peace on JOMB:

    More illness on JOMB:

    HOTLINE VOICES: Author Michelle Mulder from Victoria, British Columbia shares her thoughts on The Composition (by Antonio Skarmeta and Alfonso Ruano). Thanks, Michelle!

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    20. Lest We Forget

    In honor of Veterans' Day, courtesy of The Guardian UK

    Suicide in the Trenches
    by Siegfried Sassoon

    I knew a simple soldier boy
    Who grinned at life in empty joy,
    Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
    And whistled early with the lark.

    In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
    With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
    He put a bullet through his brain.
    No one spoke of him again.

    You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
    Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
    Sneak home and pray you'll never know
    The hell where youth and laughter go.

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    21. Virtual--and Visual--Treasure Trove


    The LIFE magazine photo archive, with millions of photos (some never published), is now online--and best of all, searchable--via Google. Start looking HERE.

    I searched for "stander" and found pix of my father I'd never seen before. The one above is by famed photographer Gordon Parks, taken in May 1950 on the NYC set of St. Benny the Dip. Dad played one of a group of cons (a "dip" is a pickpocket) who disguise themselves as clergymen. He's flanked by Roland Young (misidentified in archive caption as Charles Ruggles; I sent Google a note) and singer Dick Haymes.

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    22. Renaissance Woman

    I never conduct my L.A. workshops without the presence of Kim Dower, better known as Kim from L.A. Turns out that not only is she one of the best book publicists in the West, but she's a damn fine poet too. She's the latest writer to be showcased reading work al fresco in Guerrilla Reads, an "online video literary magazine."

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    23. The power of your words can make a difference

    Do you want to achieve more for your life? One simple step could be the power in the things you say.

    It has been proven scientifically that words have energy and significant power. It can begin with our thoughts but the words we think create our actions. Are you disempowering yourself with negative language and the words around you? By replacing your negative language with positive language things can really change.
    We all must learn that not only what we think but also what we speak creates much of our outcomes in life.

    Being conscious of our mind talk and making alterations can make a difference.

    Watch the video below and see how words changed the composition of water. I found the video below after searching the Internet for a video that related to a book I have and found astounding. The book is called "The power of appreciation" by Dr Noelle C. Nelson and Dr Jeannine L Calaba. I highly recommend it. It is not a Christian book.

    For anyone interested in what the Bible says on this matter check out this link: http://www.bible.org/page.php?page_id=640

    Positive & Negative Energy Effects on Water



    This video interviewing Dr Masary Emoto who did the studies on the video above is also enlightening. I was particularly surprised of the suggestion that the words on cigarette packets where more damaging than the actual cigarettes!

    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=rZDOPQRdxJM

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    24. 61: Thank You

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    I first began blogging here on the 23rd December 2006. I can barely believe that it's been two years. And so much has happened since then that I would never have imagined or envisioned. If anyone had told me that in a couple of years I would be drawing and living in French countryside I'd have laughed. Loud and long. But here I am ...

    I need to thank everyone who has encouraged and inspired me, taken the time to drop by to comment, chat, motivate, and turn into amazing friends whom I hugely admire both personally and artistically. I live a blessed life and appreciate it, and all of you, daily. Hourly. By the second!

    Cheers and a Happy New Year to every one of you wonderful, talented, inspiring artists/friends out there! May 2009 bring even more creative sunshine into our lives.

    P.S.: My Thank You Blue mug design won me a "Today's Best" Award over at Zazzle :)

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    25. 61: Thank You

    61thankyou

    I first began blogging here on the 23rd December 2006. I can barely believe that it's been two years. And so much has happened since then that I would never have imagined or envisioned. If anyone had told me that in a couple of years I would be drawing and living in French countryside I'd have laughed. Loud and long. But here I am ...

    I need to thank everyone who has encouraged and inspired me, taken the time to drop by to comment, chat, motivate, and turn into amazing friends whom I hugely admire both personally and artistically. I live a blessed life and appreciate it, and all of you, daily. Hourly. By the second!

    Cheers and a Happy New Year to every one of you wonderful, talented, inspiring artists/friends out there! May 2009 bring even more creative sunshine into our lives.

    P.S.: My Thank You Blue mug design won me a "Today's Best" Award over at Zazzle :)

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