Monthly Archives: October 2012

Storm-related Children’s Books

            Listening to reports of Super storm Sandy, I found myself thinking about weather in children’s books.  I know there are many picture books that look at particular subjects, wind or snow, for instance.  But I could only think of … Continue reading

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October 15 Honorees

            October 15 stood out for me for two reasons: the 60th anniversary of the publication of Charlotte’s Web, the children’s classic by E.B. White and Equality Day for blind Americans.  Pretty important milestones.  I marked the day by speaking … Continue reading

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Pet Peeve

            I have a pet peeve.  It qualifies, then, as something annoying, not infuriating.  My pet peeve is the use of terms of disability as metaphor, such as “blind to his faults” or “deaf to advice” or “crippled emotionally.”  One … Continue reading

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Orson Scott Card’s 4 story structures

            I spoke to my class about the 4 story structures that Orson Scott Card delineates: Milieu, Idea Character Event.               Card says that it’s important to know the kind of story you’re writing, so that you know how … Continue reading

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