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Churchill Downs

 

Wimbledon, Indianapolis Raceway, Wrigley Field, Churchill Downs. Places like this, where epic sporting events happen, have their own kind of mystique. When you are there you can't believe you are really there. Is this really where Martina Navritilova won her nine Wimbledon singles titles? Or the 100th Indianapolis 500 took place? 

 

 

Calvin in My Car

(Calvin with Rachel) 

 

I Love Mondays

I've been meaning to write about the joy of Mondays for a while, so here goes! It has always struck me as funny (as in odd) how much people gripe about Mondays. I get it: the social stereotype is that people view work as a drudgery and they spend much of their time watching the clock. I think that does a disservice to many people, who give their best to their job and might even *gasp*  have a job they like.

What I Learned in Farmer City

Well, the Monday before Thanksgiving I gave my very first Rachel Alexandra presentation. Happily, it was to a lovely audience, the Farmer City Shakespeare Club. The group has a 125-year history, including being the driving force behind establishing the library. That made it a great group to speak with and I had a fun time. Basically I just showed up and told them RAchel's story, but I learned a ton. I hope they didn't mind being my guinea pigs!

Here's what I learned:

Words Fail Me

Well, I've been trying to wrap my head around the meaning of this 2016 election. Words fail me. Still, my vow was to blog once a week, so I'll leave you with this link. Please check it out:

https://thebrownbookshelf.com/

 

Super-Hero-Themed Prairie Writers and Illustrators Day Conference Full of Discovery

This is the third or fourth year I’ve gone to the SCBWI Illinois Prairie Writers and Illustrators Day at Harpers College in Palatine.

My Path to Publication

A few months ago I was asked to contribute to the Prairie Wind, the SCBWI Illinois Chapter's monthly newsletter. They have a section titled "Tales from the Front" in which people (usually first-time authors) talk about their path to publication. I was tickled to be asked and I decided to post that article here, just to increase (if only by one) its readership.

The link to the entire issue is here: 

Rubbing Elbows with Other Authors Always Energizing

Two weekends ago I helped host Ruth Spiro at the Champaign Barnes and Noble. Ruth is the author of Baby Loves Quarks and Baby Loves Astrophysics.  These board books are so clever that I want to give them to every baby I know! They address these daunting topics on such a simple level that you can hear adults around the world sighing, "ah! this is just the right level for ME, never mind my baby!" She does such a great job 

This Blog Post Really Resonated with Me

I read Cal Newport's blog, Study Hacks, regularly. While I don't always always agree with his view, this post really resonated with me.

http://calnewport.com/blog/2016/10/12/a-famous-rabbis-advice-for-getting-important-things-done/

 

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