“Be awake to inspiration. . .it’s not on YouTube or Facebook.” Laurie Halse Anderson

“Work without a net.” Matt Phelan

Throwback Thursday

Going back to 1933 for this one: eighty-four years ago, to be exact. This rapscallion was born in Beaverton, Oregon, though most of his growing up happened in Seattle. I know this is a cliche, but in my dad’s case it’s the truth: he’s never known a stranger. Dad plain old loves people. He loved… Read more »

“Another word for hope is book.” Rita Williams-Garcia

Friend Friday

Nanci Turner Steveson is a repeat Friend Friday essayist. Her new book, Georgia Rules (Harper Collins) is not out for a few more months (don’t worry; I’ll remind you closer to the time. But I’m sure it’s possible to preorder her book from your favorite indie bookstore!). I’m delighted to host Nanci once again! You… Read more »

Friend Friday

If you follow Friend Friday, you know I usually use this feature to celebrate writers; for most of this month, however, I am celebrating readers. And 2016 will end with a bang: a 12/30 Friend Friday post by the inimitable Nikki Grimes! Again recently┬áI heard the phrase that completely disheartens me: “Historical fiction is a… Read more »

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. Anais Nin

Believe there is a great power silently working for all things good, behave yourself and never mind the rest. Beatrix Potter

Hard times always lead to something great. Betsey Johnson

One of the oldest and most generous tricks that the universe plays on human beings is to bury strange jewels within us all, and then stand back to see if we can ever find them. Elizabeth Gilbert