Archive for September 2013

I Read Banned Books!

September 26, 2013

Authors write from their hearts and souls. They have a passion to create a work that will have an emotional impact upon readers.

There are books – powerful books – whose contents have made readers uncomfortable and have infuriated others to the point of having those books banned from schools and libraries.

Our goal as educators, librarians, and parents is to provide our children with a well-rounded education. For a tolerant society, it is necessary to be knowledgeable of different cultures, ideas, and lifestyles. Books are important tools to help educate, inform, and inspire our children. When questionable ideas, language, or content appear in books, so do teachable moments. Guided discussions can provide understanding and open minds to accept new ideas and act in a positive manner. Through understanding and acceptance, our children will be able to make intelligent decisions that will affect their lives and build a better world.

Feed your mind. Read!


If the Shoe Fits … It Must Have Backs

September 19, 2013

A new proclamation was handed down from the Kingdom of School. ALL SHOES MUST HAVE BACKS. That is the new policy for everyday wear at school.

PROBLEM. I have only one pair of comfortable shoes that have backs.

SOLUTION. Time to shop.

When I was in college, I wore no less than two inch heels and walked all over campus in them. Easy peasy. I had one pair of shoes my college roommate referred to as witch shoes – shoes that looked like the ones worn by the Wicked Witch of the West. They were so comfortable I flew to my classes — no broom needed. During that era of my life, heels were my shoes of choice. No flats for me.

Fast forward to the present. I still wear heels, but they are much closer to the ground than in my younger years. On my shopping spree, I wandered around the shoe store, looking for some comfortable shoes with backs. I found lots of killer shoes – shoes that you could die in if you accidently tripped …

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Witch Shoes!

Of all the shoes I tried on, no shoes were appropriate for my school feet. What was missing? COMFORT! Men must design women’s shoes. They are gorgeous and fun, but OUCH! The last time I wore swanky, higher-than-normal heels was at my daughter’s wedding. There’s an old saying that goes, “My dogs are barking.” Well, that day my dogs weren’t barking; they were howling! Thank goodness I brought along fancy-dancy silver flip-flops to ease my aching feet. I noticed other women were barefoot or changed into more comfortable shoes as the wedding celebration continued – my daughter included. What I didn’t see were men doing the same thing. Why not? Look at men’s shoes. Black, brown, cordovan. Lace-up or loafers. Good sturdy flat-on-the-ground shoes. No reason for their feet to be screaming for mercy!

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Oh, what we women do to for that smashing, sophisticated look!

I’m still on the prowl for good-looking comfortable shoes — with backs. Maybe I’ll just duct tape a back onto my backless shoes. Now that’s classy!

Try these books on for size!.

Shoe-la-la! written by Karen Beaumont and illustrated by LeUyen Phama picture book (Scholastic Press, 2011)

Women from the Ankle Down:  The Story of Shoes and How They Define Us written by Rachelle Bergstein (Harper, 2012)

Wedding Tales

September 12, 2013

I’m ba-a-a-ck!

The past few weeks have been busy, busy, busy. My lovely daughter got married — a marriage made in heaven. For those of you who read my last blog and are wondering where the wedding reception took place, the answer is the library. It wasn’t just any library, mind you. It was the Boston Public Library. If you’ve never been there, it’s a must-see architectural treasure.

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As mother of the bride, you must indulge me as I blog and blab about the special day.

The ceremony took place at Our Lady of Victories Church, a French National Church, hidden on a narrow side street. It’s a charming old church, dedicated in 1886, and it has a magnificent organ that fills every nook and cranny of the interior with heavenly music.

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The bride was beautiful. The groom was beautiful. The ceremony was beautiful. Tears of happiness flowed like the enchanting courtyard fountain at the Boston Public Library.

Before the reception, pictures were taken in historical spots around Boston – an Art Deco style building,

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Trinity Church, the “T” – Boston’s subway system, and the Public Garden.


Then it was on to the reception at the library. As I mentioned before, this building is amazing.

An old postcard of the Boston Public Library

An old postcard of the Boston Public Library

Inside the building you’ll find a grand marble staircase, balconies made of limestone, marble pillars, an enclosed courtyard with a fountain, murals painted by famous artists, collections of rare books, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, prints, and much more.

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Entry to the Library



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Bates Hall


Book from 1920 that explains everything you want to know about the rooms in the library.

The cocktail hour took place in the courtyard with its picturesque fountain. The courtyard was a special place for the bride and groom. Not only did they first express their love for one another there, but they also got engaged there.


The Boston Public Library and Interior Courtyard

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X Marks the Engagement Spot

Dining was in The Popular Reading Room. It was a gourmet’s delight, and afterward, we danced the evening away. The bride and groom glowed the entire day.

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Popular Reading Room


At the end of the evening before they escaped through a secret door among the stacks of books, the groom played guitar and sang to the bride.


It was a fairy tale wedding – one that I will hold close to my heart.

Okay, my blogging and blabbing are done, but the bride and groom have only just begun. I raise my (coffee) cup to them for a long and happy life together!









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