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1. The SDCC Talk Back: Return to Onsite Sales, and More Disability Resources

President of the Comic-Con board of directors, John Rogers, returns for the Talk Back.

President of the Comic-Con board of directors, John Rogers, returns for the Talk Back.

By: Nick Eskey

Signifying the end of the four day odyssey that is SDCC is the Comic-Con Talk Back with John Rogers (president of the Comic-Con board of directors). As it normally does, the room has a line that runs the length of the room all the way to the back, and then some. The pressure is thick in the room. A mini argument even breaks out in the middle of the line before the Talk Back begins. Last year, the main points of discussion were the crass behavior of security, and Hall H issues in general.

Some of the more minor things that were mentioned maybe once or twice were; the ridiculousness of how Ace Parking decided to sell parking spots during the duration of comic-con instead of on a day-to-day basis, trying to add real-time line numbers to the online ticket queues, and how ill-informed the security can be. “If you have a solution for well informed security guards, I’d love to hear it,” said John looking over his glasses. Another thing was the bathroom passes given to those in Hall H. “How can you keep track if the same person is returning with the pass?” Rogers agreed to it, but reminded “We tried scanning people’s passes one year to keep track, but the process took too much time. I wish there was a simple way.”

A great number of discussion was over the frustrations regarding the online registration, and that people wanted a return to the onsite badge sales. John responded by saying, “Unfortunately because of the growing popularity of the convention, onsite sales would only increase wait times for everyone.” Despite this fact however, those who proposed the return stayed resolute to their request. One woman went so far as to ask, “well how about next year can you get me extra passes? I’ve been trying to get other family members some tickets, but I don’t understand the website. What can you do for me?” Rogers looked surprised, and went to say, “There’s a large demand and not enough to meet it. I don’t know what I can do.” “What about the press and the professional people? They get passes? What can you do for me?”

For those that can’t get into Hall H, or rather not brave the lines, there is a room designated for a Hall H play back. One of the downsides to it however is the lack of exclusives. Studios ask for certain things to be only viewable in the hall, so as to lessen the risk of recording. One man proposed that John give the studios an ultimatum. That they allow exclusives in the play back room, “or else. Comic-con  doesn’t need them. They need comic-con.” “We are about being fair and equal to everyone,” said Rogers. “How fair would it be if we don’t let 6’000 people get to see it because 900 people can’t?”

For serious issues, there certainly were some big ones this year. An observation of mine was that there were quite a bit of handicapped individuals lined up this year compared to las. And for good reason, for all of them had something to say. A couple points were that the comic-con website was not as insightful as some of them would have liked to, sometimes even confusing to the point of frustration. A large issue was especially the handicapped line for Hall H. As one gentlemen put it, “we didn’t have provisions such as the able bodied people did, and we weren’t given wristbands.” At the part about the wristbands, Rogers looked surprised. “They didn’t give you wristbands?” he asked. About two other people in the crowd also seconded it. “It wasn’t supposed to be that way,” answered Rogers. Apparently a line moderator deemed it “useless” for those in the line to have wristbands.

For Hall H, any handicapped person is allowed an attendee to help them traverse the lines and crowds. But one oddity that one woman brought to light was how the disabled individuals were then being separated from their attendees when led in the hall, and those left behind had to wait. “By the time I was allowed in, it was an hour and a half later,” said the woman. She also observed most of the attendees weren’t even allowed to sit next to those they came with. Rogers apologized and full heartedly agreed that in no world should something like that happen, and also would find out what was going on.

Though not everything was complaints. There was quite a bit of praise over the issuance of wristbands for the Hall H line. “It made it so much easier to counter people cutting when others have been waiting all day.” One man commented on how he wished he could grab multiples for those that couldn’t be with him at the time, but John pointed out that if they allowed this, “there’d be the risk of people selling them to others.”

It was good to see that one of the main points from last year was surely worked on. I maybe heard of one guard issue this year. I personally could see that they were more professional in their manor. But the Hall H issue is still on the table. In fact, it might be getting worse. And with all the issues that arose this year with disabled services to compound it, there was definitely a disconnect somewhere.

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2. One Once Again

The idea of One started small and grew into a year's worth of amazing, thought-provoking, inspirational stories. The resulting anthology was combined into a beautiful paperback book (not unlike Chicken Soup for the Soul, and definitely nice enough for any Doctor's office).


With that success, my publisher was nice enough to ask me to do it again. So I set out to gather another twelve authors, including myself, and start a journey into 2013.


One of the things I like best about this series is that it benefits other people instead of the author. Last year, we made a nice donation to Give Kids the World (www.gktw.org) from author proceeds. This year, I found a group much closer to home. Bridge to Ability Specialized Learning Center (www.bridgetoability.org) is only about a twenty minute drive from my home. The organization helps children in my community. They are small and can use our help. So please remember, every time you download this story, 100% of my author proceeds are going to a very good cause.

2013 is also going to be a bit of a family affair. My wife, Traci Miller, will be contributing a story and my father, De Miller will return, as well. Other returning authors include: Crystal Linn, Sude Khanian and Sarah Price. We will also see new stories from some other sensational authors: Murray Pura, Alexandria Barker, Janet Beasley, R Jeffries and Missy Kennedy Adams.

This will be a great, eye-opening year!


100% of the author’s proceeds will be donated to Bridge to Ability Specialized Learning Center, a not-for-profit organization serving the educational and therapeutic needs of fragile children with severe physical and cognitive disabilities. www.BridgeToAbility.org. The authors, creator and publisher are in no other way affiliated with this organization.
Mark Miller’s One 2013 is a spiritual anthology examining True-Life experiences of Authors and their Faith. As the series evolves expect to discover what it means to have faith, no matter what that faith is and no matter where they live. Remember that we are all part of this One World.
In Story One, Mark Miller welcomes you back to the series. He has a little something to say  about forgiveness and finding his place in the world. Sometimes, we are exactly where we are supposed to be and not even realize it.

You are invited to visit the Authors of One, ask questions and start discussions on our official Facebook page:

You can get the 2012 paperback here:

2013 Story One: A Marvelous Net is available on Kindle for ONLY 99 Cents:

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3. So what do we think? Heaven in her Arms

Hickem, Catherine. (2012). Heaven in Her Arms: Why God Chose Mary to Raise His Son and What It Means for You. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson. ISBN 978-1-4002-0036-8.

What do we know of Mary?

 What we know of Mary’s family is that she is of the house of David; it is from her lineage Jesus fulfilled the prophecy. Given the archeological ruins of the various places thought to have been living quarters for their family, it is likely the home was a room out from which sleeping quarters (cells) branched. As Mary and her mother Anne would be busy maintaining the household, with young Mary working at her mother’s command, it is likely Anne would be nearby or in the same room during the Annunciation. Thus Mary would not have had a scandalous secret to later share with her parents but, rather, a miraculous supernatural experience, the salvific meaning of which her Holy parents would understand and possibly even witnessed.

 Mary and Joseph were betrothed, not engaged. They were already married, likely in the form of a marriage contract, but the marriage had not yet been “consummated”. This is why he was going to divorce her when he learned of the pregnancy. If it were a mere engagement, he would have broken it off without too much scandal.

 Married but not yet joined with her husband, her mother would prepare her by teaching her all that she needed to know. This is further reason to assume that Mary would be working diligently under her mother’s eye when the Annunciation took place.

 We know that her cousin Elizabeth’s pregnancy was kept in secret for five months, and not made known until the sixth month when the Angel Gabriel proclaimed it to Mary. We know Mary then rushed to be at her elderly cousin’s side for three months (the remaining duration of Elizabeth’s pregnancy), and that this rushing appeared to be in response to Elizabeth’s pregnancy (to congratulate her), not an attempt to hide Mary’s pregnancy. Note how all of this is connected to Elizabeth’s pregnancy rather than Mary’s circumstances. As Mary was married to Joseph, he likely would have been informed of the trip. Had the intent been to hide Mary, she would have remained with Elizabeth until Jesus was born, not returned to her family after the first trimester, which is just about the time that her pregnancy was visible and obvious.

 So we these misconceptions clarified, we can put Mary’s example within an even deeper context and more fully relate to her experience. We can imagine living in a faith-filled family who raises their child in strict accordance of God’s word. The extended family members may not understand, and certainly their community will not, so Mary, Anne and Joachim, and Joseph face extreme scandal as well as possible action from Jewish authorities. But they faced this together steep in conversation with God, providing a model for today’s family.

 Although sometimes scriptural interpretations are flavored with modern-day eye, overall this book will be more than just a quick read for a young mother (or new bride, or teen aspiring to overcome the challenges of American culture, or single parent losing her mind). It is a heartwarming reflection with many examples that open up conversation with God. As an experienced psychotherapist, the author’s examples are spot on and easy to relate to. We do not need to have had the same experiences to empathize, reflect, and pursue meaning; we see it around us in everyday life. As such, a reflective look upon these examples can help one overcome an impasse in their own relationship with God and also open the reader up to self-knowledge as Hi

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4. So what do we think? Wally the Cock-Eyed Cricket

  

Wally the Cockeyed Cricket

 

 Brown, Bea (2011) Wally the Cockeyed Cricket. Mustang, OK: Tate Publishing. ISBN 978-1-61777-106-4.  Recommended age 8 and under.

 Publisher’s descriptionWhen Wally the Cockeyed Cricket finds himself trapped in Mrs. Grumpydee’s kitchen, he sings a sad song and Mrs. Grumpydee’s locks Wally in a jar. When the jar is knocked over and shatters, Wally the Cockeyed Cricket sings a different tune.

 Our thoughts:

 Read it—see it—listen to it! The great thing about books from Tate Publishing is that you do not need to choose between print and audio formats because books have a code that permits you to download the audio version on MP3 too! The print version has beautifully captivating illustrations. Yet the young man (ok, he sounds young to this old reviewer!) reading the audio does an excellent job at it. A great enhancement to teach reading to little ones :>)

 Of course, the most important reason to consider adding this book to your child’s bookshelf is because they will enjoy the story! As evidenced by its title, Wally looks a little different than most crickets. He doesn’t think anything of this difference and is happy as can be. Until, that is, he unfortunately wanders into Mrs. Grumpydee’s kitchen! Captured, bullied and made a public spectacle, Wally never loses courage or confidence. Helped with the aid of a complete stranger, he is rescued and makes a new friend. Virtues exhibited are courage, justice and friendship.  A feel-good story where the good guys win! Great parent-child sharing, Pre-3rd grade class or homeschool, bedtime reading, gift giving, therapy use, and family book club! Grab your copy at the Litland.com Bookstore.

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5. Vote for Dogs for the Deaf

Help Dogs for the Deaf win a grant. This wonderful organization trains dogs to assist the severely hearing impaired, autistic children and others by rescuing dogs from shelters and training them to help the disabled.

Vote for Dogs for the Deaf   http://bit.ly/jQ48xE

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6. Dinner with Robin

I had dinner last night with illustrator Robin Brickman. You might remember Robin's beautiful snowflake for Robert's Snow. She is also part of Zade Educational Partners, so we manage to catch up with each other from time to time.

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7. Robert's Snow: A Flurry of Flakes

I haven’t done much blogging in the past week. December started off on a very sad note for me. On the first day of the month I had to have my dear cat Suzie put to sleep.
A few days later, I was informed that the eldest daughter of one of my closest friends lost her battle with cancer. This capped off a twelve month period when I lost one dear friend, Robert Mercer, to cancer--a year when two of my first cousins and one of my husband’s and my oldest and closest friends were diagnosed with the dread disease. I have to admit to having felt quite low recently.

I didn’t let my feelings get in the way of bidding in the Robert’s Snow auctions. Robert’s Snow is a fundraiser dear to my heart. I won three snowflakes in auction 2. Then I bid with abandon in auction three—and won seven snowflakes! I was so sure that someone would outbid me on a number of the snowflakes I won—but no one did. I am truly ecstatic! I can’t wait until Christmas Eve. I don’t plan to open the “snowflake” packages I’ll receive until then. Actually, I plan to let my daughter have the honor of opening the packages for me.
Here’s is the flurry of flakes I won in Robert’s Snow 2007:
AUCTION 2

Susan Miller’s Snowflake
The Tree

Carol Schwartz’s Snowflake
Penguins

Stephanie Roth’s Snowflake
Annamouse, Willamouse, and the Snowfall

AUCTION 3

Juli Kangas’s Snowflake
A Cozy Night for Cuddling Up

Susan Mitchell’s Snowflake
Wishing

Annie Patterson’s Snowflake
Little Girl and Rabbit

Donald B. Johnson’s Snowflake
Henry Skates on a Pond

Mark Teague’s Snowflake
Larue Skating

Kathy Jakobsen’s Snowflake
Jefferson Memorial/Washington Monument

Elisa Kleven’s Snowflake
The Paper Princess and Her Friends


Please leave a comment if you won any snowflakes in Robert’s Snow 2007. I’d love to know!

My spirits were lifted Friday evening when I went to a Robert’s Snow party hosted by Grace Lin. Most of the Blue Rose Girls were there, including Anna Alter, Alvina Ling, and Libby Koponen. Some of the Robert’s Snow artists were also there to help celebrate: Alissa Imre Geis, Mary Newell DePalma, Rebecca Doughty, Marion Eldridge, and others I didn’t have the opportunity to meet.


From left to right below: Grace's agent Rebecca, Alvina, Grace, Libby, Moi, and Anna


Click here if you’d like to read Grace’s post about the party at her blog.

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8. Good Work, People.

A big thank you to everyone who bid on a Robert's Snow snowflake (whether you won an auction or not). My unscientific observation of the bids seems to indicate the auction was successful. And now...Go, Science!

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9. Snowflake Booty

I know I should be in bed, but I couldn't turn in without sharing these beauties. They'll be winging their way to me very shortly. Even though I purchased these as gifts, I may have a hard time parting with them. Perhaps I can rationalize keeping one for myself!
I'll be dreaming of snowflakes tonight. Will you?

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10. Robert's Snow Reprise

I’ve had the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute on my mind a lot lately. Yesterday, my husband and I received an invitation to join in a celebration of the holiday season and the tremendous success of Team Daisy and the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge. The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge is an annual bike-a-thon that raises money for Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund. My husband was one of the riders for Team Daisy. The invitation included great news about the team. The riders raised $129, 630 this year! And I would like to add that the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge raised a record-breaking $33,000,000 in 2007!!!

Click here to go to the Team Daisy page at the PMC website.

This is my friend Daisy Locke for whom the team was named.

Dana-Farber has also been in my thoughts because of Robert’s Snow 2007. I didn’t win any snowflakes in the first auction. I know that I won two in the second auction. (I might also have won a third snowflake—but I haven’t received notification about that one yet.) And I’ve been bidding on lots of snowflakes in Auction 3!

Here are the two snowflakes I won in Auction 2. One is going to be a Christmas present for someone who is very special to me.

Susan Miller's Snowflake

Carol Schwartz's Snowflake

Here are the snowflakes I won in the 2004 Robert’s Snow auctions:

Gabi Swiatkowska's Snowflake



Susan Kathleen Hartung's Snowflake


Phyllis Harris's Snowflake


Scott Bakal's Snowflake

Here are the snowflakes I won in the 2005 Robert’s Snow auctions:

Diane Greenseid's Snowflake




Phoebe Stone's Snowflake


Betsy Lewin's Snowflake


Gabi Swiatkowska's Snowflake


Sharon Vargo's Snowflake



I gave this one to my daughter as a Christmas present.

I emailed Sharon in early December of 2005 to tell her that I had won her snowflake and was planning to give it to my daughter as a Christmas present. Do you want to know what Sharon did? She autographed a copy of Bessie's Bed and sent it to me so I could give it to my daughter along with the snowflake. I was so touched by her thoughtful gesture!



I love all my snowflakes. They are little treasures. They are also reminders of how I established a close friendship with two very special people—Grace Lin and Robert Mercer.

I am hoping that Robert’s Snow 2007 will be a resounding success. Please help us to raise lots of money for sarcoma research by bidding on your favorite snowflake(s) in Auction 3.

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11.

Week three for Robert's Snow


This is your last chance to catch your own snowflake. All the proceeds will go to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Bidding starts today and ends Friday, 7th December at 5pm. Robert's Snow

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12. Auction 3 opens today!


Bid on one-of-a-kind, snowflake-shaped works of art handcrafted by children's book illustrators to benefit sarcoma research at Dana-Farber. Auction 3: Dec. 3 - 7 For more information visit: http://www.robertssnow.com/


(Recently I've been reading about the overuse of CT scans, and the possible harm CT scans could cause.)

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13. I win a snowflake! (and do some gumshoeing)

Isn't it gorgeous?



The artist is Inga Poslitur, and I've been snooping around, trying to find out more about her.

Cool facts:

#1: She studied Russian Native Embroidery Design at the Academy of Applied Arts in Moscow.

#2: She painted props for the Earth Day Parade, New York City.

#3: Look! Her online portfolio! I'm especially fond of this beautiful painting, which is titled "Village Ryuminskoe, Russia." I hope this one might be part of a longer story, one that she's illustrating, perhaps?

#4: Aha! Maybe THIS is her next book! Look at this illustration for "Soup from a Sausage-Peg," which is a Hans Christian Andersen tale that I've never heard of. Here's the traditional translation, which is difficult to read online, but I love the part where the mouse grandmother says:
"If one is a poet, one can make soup out of a sausage peg."

Ha! I should post THAT where I can see it every day. (Psst! Want to know what a sausage peg looks like? Well, they really look more like skewers than pegs. Here you go.)***

If you want to have a snowflake of your own to research, check out Robert's Snow, Auction 2, which begins today.

***I imagine this is just the kind of detective work that illustrators do, looking for visual references for their work. Except they probably run down to the market, and sketch some sausages, and buy a yummy cupcake with sprinkles or something while they're there, instead of surfing the internet for an hour, with only their lip to chew on, like I just did.


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14.

Robert's Snow auction week two

Here is another chance to own unique pieces of artwork created by children's illustrators. All the proceeds got to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Happy bidding: Robert's Snow

Things have been pretty quiet around here - lot's and lot's of work to do. Lately, I have been listening to Librivox while I paint. Volunteers have recorded books for your listening pleasure. I get completely transported while I paint. So far, I have got through Jane Eyre, Little Women and The Secret Garden. Some books are read by just one person and others can have each chapter read by a different person, so it can make for entertaining listening.

In between work, I have been trying to do a little Christmas shopping on Etsy. I haven't got time to make any of my own gifts this year or to go shopping. There is such a wide of variety of unique and lovely things to choose from, and I can browse while I am sitting in my cosy house. I just have to remember that I am shopping for other people and not for myself!

And it was exciting to see our book in the Scholastic flyer today!

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Bid on one-of-a-kind, snowflake-shaped works of art handcrafted by children's book illustrators to benefit sarcoma research at Dana-Farber.
Auction 2: Nov. 26
For more information visit: http://www.robertssnow.com/

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16. Robert's Snow

The second round of auctions begins today at Robert's Snow.

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17. Robert's Snow auction #2- last day to bid!


Just a reminder that the second round of Robert's Snow auctions ends in a mere few hours at 5 pm EST! There are a surprisingly large number of really reasonably priced 'flakes up right now (many under $200)... children's book artists don't often sell their original art, so this is a really great chance to snag a beautiful piece of kid's book art for a great cause!

Click here to see the snowflakes and bid.

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18. Robert's Snow - Auction 3

Auction 3 will begin accepting bids on Monday, Dec. 3 at 9:00 am, with a starting bid of $150 for each snowflake. All bids must be in before 5:00 pm on Friday, Dec. 7. Don't forget that 100 percent of the proceeds from this online auction will benefit sarcoma research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and that all but $25 of the winning bid is tax deductible.

Read about all the illustrators who contributed to this auction at the sites linked below. (The order presented is the same as on the auction page.)
This is it, folks -- your last chance to win a unique piece of art created by a children's book illustrator. Please support this amazing effort and bid on your favorite!

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19. Robert's Snow Auction 3!! Bid! Win! Fight!


The third and final auction for Robert's Snow 2007 starts this MONDAY, DECEMBER 3 and ends FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7 at 5PM!!! Check out the original works of art that can be all yours... just for fighting cancer...HERE!

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20. Robert's Snow 2007: The Final Auction

Bidding will begin on the final auction of Robert’s Snow 2007 on Monday, December 3rd. One hundred percent of the auction proceeds will go to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for sarcoma research. All but $25 of each winning bid is tax deductible.

Robert’s Snow 2007 Auction 3

  • Bidding begins at 9:00 AM Eastern Standard Time on Monday, December 3rd.
  • Bidding ends at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on Friday, December 7th.
  • Starting bid price: $150
  • Bid increment: $25
Wish me luck! I’ll be bidding on a number of snowflakes in the third auction.

Read about all the illustrators who contributed to this auction at the sites linked below. (The order presented is the same as on the auction page.)

Consie Powell at Becky’s Book Reviews
Anna Alter at The Longstockings
Adam Rex at Booktopia and Welcome to my Tweendom
Julia Denos at Interactive Reader
Giles Laroche at Book, Book, Book
Matt Phelan at A Year of Reading
Brooke Dyer at Bookshelves of Doom
Barbara Lehman at The Excelsior File
Scott Magoon at Just One More Book!!
Alissa Imre Geis at Wild Rose Reader
Judy Schachner at Kate's Book Blog
Laura Huliska Beith at Just One More Book!!
Genevieve Cote at a wrung sponge
Ruth Sanderson at Book Moot
Susan Kathleen Hartung at Wild Rose Reader
Linda Graves at Your Neighborhood Librarian
Diane DeGroat at Jama Rattigan's Alphabet Soup
Susan Mitchell at Check It Out
R.W. Alley at at Jama Rattigan's Alphabet Soup
Wendell Minor at Wild Rose Reader
Melanie Watt at Whimsy Books
Elisa Kleven at Rozzieland
Sally Vitsky at Shelf Elf: read, write, rave
Jimmy Pickering at Shaken & Stirred
Jeremy Tankard at the excelsior file
Mark Teague at The Miss Rumphius Effect
Annie Patterson at Check It Out
Ashley Bryan
Diana Magnuson at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy
Bill Carman at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy
Elizabeth Sayles at AmoXcalli and Cuentecitos
Grace Lin at In the Pages
Dan Santat at Writing and Ruminating
Jarrett J. Krosoczka at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Jeff Ebbeler at Sam Riddleburger's blog
Margaret Chodos-Irvine at readergirlz
Nancy Wallace at In the Pages . . .
Robin Brickman at Greetings from Nowhere
Joy Allen at Check It Out
Christopher Demarest at Writing and Ruminating
Mary Newell Depalma at Wild Rose Reader
Derek Anderson
Peter Brown
Rebecca Guay at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Jui Ishida at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Kathy Jakobsen at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Linda Bronson
James T. Williamson at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Kristina Swarner at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Vladimir Shpitalnik at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Linda S. Wingerter at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Meghan McCarthy at A Fuse #8 Production
Carin Berger at Chasing Ray
Salley Mavor at ChatRabbit
Amy Young at Kate's Book Blog
Rebecca Doughty at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy
Brian Lies at Greetings from Nowhere
D.B. Johnson at Lessons from the Tortoise
Jeff Mack at AmoXcalli
Selina Alko at Brooklyn Arden
Sean Qualls at Brooklyn Arden
Randy Cecil at ChatRabbit
Jeff Newman at A Year of Reading
Mo Willems at MotherReader
Karen Lee at sruble's world
Shawna Tenney at Kate's Book Blog
Julie Paschkis at the excelsior file
Victoria Jamieson at AmoXcalli and Cuentecitos
Juli Kangas at Sam Riddleburger
Connie McLennan at The Shady Glade
Kelly Murphy at ChatRabbit


Remember that Auction 3 is your last opportunity to win one of the wooden snowflakes created especially for Robert's Snow 2007. Each snowflake is a unique work of art. Please help to support this special fundraiser by bidding on your favorite snowflake(s)!

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21. Hooray for Hanukkah!

Click the play button on this flash player to listen to the podcast now:


Or click MP3 File to start your computer's media player.

SHOW NOTES:

This episode marks the 2nd year anniversary of The Book of Life! In this show, we celebrate the holiday of Hanukkah.

> Illustrator Ann Koffsky describes her snowflake "Jerusalem of Peace," created for Robert's Snow for Cancer's Cure. We also learn about her illustrations for My Cousin Tamar Lives in Israel by Michelle Shapiro Abraham, and her new Joyfully Jewish 2008 calendar.

> Author Sarah Marwil Lamstein and illustrator Neil Waldman discuss their picture book Letter on the Wind: A Chanukah Tale.

> Kenny Ellis, cantor and performer, riffs on his CD Hanukkah Swings! You can also check out Kenny's MySpace page, and download "Swingin' Dreidel" as a ringtone.

> Author Barbara Bietz talks about her chapter book Like a Maccabee, as well as her kidlit blog and her new position on the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, where she'll help choose the best Judaic children's books of the year.

NEWS:

Here is a special Hanukkah treat for you: a complete online version of the holiday classic, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric A. Kimmel, provided by Lookybook. To hear from Eric himself about the inspiration for Hershel, you can read this post from my Library Blogathon or you can listen to the very first episode of The Book of Life from December 2005, when Eric was a featured guest. Enjoy!




Background music is provided by The Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band.

Books and CD's mentioned on the show may be borrowed from the Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel. Browse our online catalog to reserve books, post a review, or just to look around!


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22. The Final Snowflakes for Robert's Snow



Auction 3 will begin accepting bids on Monday, Dec. 3 at 9:00 a.m. with a starting bid of $150 for each snowflake. All bids must be before the close of Auction 3 on Friday, Dec. 7 at 5:00 pm. Don't forget that 100 percent of the proceeds from this online auction will benefit sarcoma research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and that all but $25 of the winning bid is tax deductible.

Read about all the illustrators who contributed to this auction at the sites linked below. (The order presented is the same as on the auction page.)


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23. Robert's Snow 2007: The Final Auction


Bidding will begin on the final auction of Robert’s Snow 2007 on Monday, December 3rd. One hundred percent of the auction proceeds will go to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for sarcoma research. All but $25 of each winning bid is tax deductible.

Robert’s Snow 2007 Auction 3

- Bidding begins at 9:00 AM Eastern Standard Time on Monday, December 3rd.

- Bidding ends at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on Friday, December 7th.

- Starting bid price: $150

- Bid increment: $25

Wish me luck! I’ll be bidding on a number of snowflakes in the third auction.

Read about all the illustrators who contributed to this auction at the sites linked below. (The order presented is the same as on the auction page.)

Consie Powell at Becky’s Book Reviews
Anna Alter at The Longstockings
Julia Denos at Interactive Reader
Giles Laroche at Book, Book, Book
Matt Phelan at A Year of Reading
Brooke Dyer at Bookshelves of Doom
Barbara Lehman at The Excelsior File
Scott Magoon at Just One More Book!!
Alissa Imre Geis at Wild Rose Reader
Judy Schachner at Kate's Book Blog
Laura Huliska Beith at Just One More Book!!
Genevieve Cote at a wrung sponge
Ruth Sanderson at Book Moot
Susan Kathleen Hartung at Wild Rose Reader
Susan Mitchell at Check It Out
Wendell Minor at Wild Rose Reader
Melanie Watt at Whimsy Books
Elisa Kleven at Rozzieland
Jimmy Pickering at Shaken & Stirred
Jeremy Tankard at the excelsior file
Annie Patterson at Check It OutAshley Bryan
Elizabeth Sayles at AmoXcalli and Cuentecitos
Grace Lin at In the Pages
Jeff Ebbeler at Sam Riddleburger's blog
Margaret Chodos-Irvine at readergirlz
Nancy Wallace at In the Pages . . .
Robin Brickman at Greetings from Nowhere
Joy Allen at Check It Out
Christopher Demarest at Writing and Ruminating
Mary Newell Depalma at Wild Rose Reader
Meghan McCarthy at A Fuse #8 Production
Carin Berger at Chasing Ray
Salley Mavor at ChatRabbit
Amy Young at Kate's Book Blog
Jeff Mack at AmoXcalli
Selina Alko at Brooklyn Arden
Sean Qualls at Brooklyn Arden
Randy Cecil at ChatRabbit
Jeff Newman at A Year of Reading
Mo Willems at MotherReader
Karen Lee at sruble's world
Shawna Tenney at Kate's Book Blog
Julie Paschkis at the excelsior file
Victoria Jamieson at AmoXcalli and Cuentecitos
Juli Kangas at Sam Riddleburger
Connie McLennan at The Shady Glade
Kelly Murphy at ChatRabbit


Remember that Auction 3 is your last opportunity to win one of the wooden snowflakes created especially for Robert's Snow 2007. Each snowflake is a unique work of art. Please help to support this special fundraiser by bidding on your favorite snowflake(s)!

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24. Robert's Snow


Final phase of bidding starts Monday, December 3.

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25. Robert's Snow



The final auction is upon us December 3-7. The Amazing HTML-tress, Tricia, at The Miss Rumphius Effect, has the complete list of Auction 3 illustrators and features compiled here. She and her partner in HTML-tress-ness, Jen Robinson, were responsible for the awesome side-bar info that you've seen throughout the Kidlitosphere. Thanks, Ladies, for all the help you gave to those of us who are HTML-challenged!

And of course, one last huge thanks to Jules, at 7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast, for getting the whole snowball rolling. I can't wait to find out what kinds of fund-raising records were broken at Dana-Farber during this year's Robert's Snow event.

Finally, to the person who out-bid me on the one flake I really really wanted, I hope it's making you as happy as it would have made me!

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