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That Happy Song

Tulsa Opera Debutante Ball, March 8, 2014

Tulsa Opera Debutante Ball, March 8, 2014

You know the one. “Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof. Happy-y-y-y!” This is the most absurd, happy lyric I’ve heard in a long time, and whenever I hear it, I have to smile. No choice. I picture a room without a roof and see blue sky above four generic walls and the goofiness of that visual trick delights me, too, like the top of my head has been lifted off. I feel it in my hair follicles. How’s… Continue reading

Take a Peek at The Vault of Dreamers!

Starting today, readers can get an exclusive first look at The Vault of Dreamers!  This is the first time any of my novel has been available publicly, and I’m psyched it’s reaching this exciting step.  Macmillan is sending a peek directly to readers who sign up for email updates.

To read the peek, simply sign up here, and the excerpt will arrive in your email box!

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Ballard Puppets and Art Spiegelman, Coming Soon

Spiegelman Comes to the Jorgensen, March 3, 2014

Spiegelman Comes to the Jorgensen, March 24, 2014* note changed date!

*Spiegelman’s lecture has been postponed to Monday, March 24, 2014.

Two upcoming events I’m excited about are the opening of the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at Storrs Center this Saturday, March 1st and Art Spiegelman’s talk “What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?” at the Jorgensen Monday, March 24th.  Both events are free and open to the public, and I can’t wait.

Naturally, I’m a little scared of traditional puppets, but I love how weird… Continue reading

A Sweet Summer Bucket List

Sweet Emotions

Sweet Emotions

1. Swim in a lake.  The best one in the Quiet Corner of Connecticut is Mashapaug Lake at Bigelow Hollow, where the water is clean, silky, and deep.  Hint: if you swim out to the sandbar and around the point, Bacon Rock is a half-submerged, striped rock to jump from.

2. Grab a handful of candy at Sweet Emotions Candy in Storrs, CT.  Hint: If you answer the trivia question correctly, you earn a free candy prize.

3. Step into the year 1790 at… Continue reading

Heights, Woods, and Bravery

The Adventure Park at Storrs

Cables connect an ariel obstacle course at The Adventure Park at Storrs

I attended the opening ceremony of The Adventure Park at Storrs last week, and as people traversed cable pathways in the trees overhead, I peered up through the rain to watch them and contemplate my own bravery.  I’m not scared of heights, but I appreciate them.

Only one safety clip at a time can release. Ingenious.

Only one safety clip at a time can release. Ingenious.

Beyond just the concept of aerial pathways and ziplines through the forest, which is already pretty spectacular, three things about the… Continue reading

Silliness

Smurf

Smurf

Oh, my gosh.  Do you remember how much of life used to be devoted to combating silliness?  I can still hear the multitude of grownups minding us to sit still, quit that giggling, mind yer manners, or cut that out, and in every case I nearly keeled over from laughing inside.  School, church, the dinner table, grocery store aisles, and the back of the car were all prime for silliness and the squelching of it.

Then I had kids of my own, and silliness abounded again.… Continue reading