Are bloggers who drop “F bombs” all the time using a smart branding strategy or are they just lazy?
Some of us watched the inflated, over-the-top, “I’m good.” “No, you’re good” Oscars this spring. I did not. Since my daughter was in the biz, the glamour is gone. I do remember, however, seeing the blow-by-blow on the front page of cnn.com. And watching the trailers on the Web, I couldn’t help but think. Those […]
This weekend my brother sent me a big box of stuff. We were cleaning our parents’ house and getting it ready to sell. Each object I pulled out had a rich story attached to it—and evoked a flood of memories. My 7th grade geography report card (do they even teach geography anymore?). My dad’s antique […]
When I was a teacher, one of the worst things a kid could have, the thing that would hold her back throughout life and beyond, was low self-concept. It was whispered about children, as though they would never get any farther than flipping hamburgers at McDonald’s because they had, you know: a low self-concept Of […]
I was at a conference in Washington D.C. in the late 90s for an exclusive group of winners. We came from 31 school districts and 26 states. Our proposals had been chosen from more than 5,000 from across the country, to be funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Five years of funding, with an […]
When a post moves off your blog’s home page, fewer readers will see it. If it’s a piece you were particularly proud of, well, that can hurt. Maybe you wrote it just one month after you started blogging, so only three people read it. And one of them was your mother. Maybe Tuesday’s post was […]
Writing and blogging ideas are all around us, if we just keep our ear to the ground. This week, I’ve been thinking about kid lit a lot. Children’s literature has a rich past and a ripe future. This Saturday, March 2, is Dr. Seuss’s 109th birthday. And though he died at age 87, his legacy […]
1. Be fearless. Throughout his long career, Christopher Walken has not been afraid of taking chances. He plays outrageous characters (remember Diane Keaton’s character’s brother in Annie Hall and Leo DiCaprio’s character’s father in Catch Me If You Can?) He took creative chances with those characters and wasn’t afraid to fail. Alan Alda, MASH’s Hawkeye […]