The Christmas of Rabbits

For anyone who doesn’t know about Calico Critters, they are from some capitalist genius who figured out how to make Barbie gender-neutral…by scrapping the doll and instead creating a line of cute animals who have mansions and sports cars and lake houses and camping expeditions. My three-year-old is captivated by them–we now have dogs and rabbits…

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And Yet More Presidential Anecdotes From A Toddler

Just a few thoughts here, after coming back from Avondale library with The Boy, who spotted an odd, early-1900s  etching hanging from the library wall as we were leaving. Some guy with a mustache, never identified. Boy: Who is that? Me (scanning for inscriptions): It doesn’t say. Boy: Maybe James Garfield? He’s three now, by…

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Cover for Next Book

So I’ve gotten my proofs in for A Little Bit of Spectacular, which comes out next April. Another middle-grade book set here in Birmingham. This one starts with a middle-school girl finding a strange message on a bathroom wall…and then seeing that same message repeated all over town. The bathroom that starts it all is…

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College Visits and Great Wolf Lodge

We spent last week in the Carolinas, on a family trip based around college visits and a giant indoor water park. Furman, Davidson, Wake Forest, Duke…and Great Wolf Lodge, home to water slides, wolf mascots, and various animatronic characters chirping or growling from every nook and cranny. We like water parks in general. And game…

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Why My Son Loves Nixon

Our boy –who has mainly been obsessed with geograpy–is now obsessed with presidents. He’ll be three-years-old in two weeks. He memorized all the presidents on his presidents place mat, plus he made up a little song set to the tune of “Ten Little Indians.” He points to each picture as he sings each name: “Washington, Adams,…

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Fairy Doors

We got back last week from a trip to Michigan (Go Spartans!) which started with a trip to Ann Arbor. Let me take a moment to sing the praises of the best tourism approach ever: fairy doors. That’s right. Fairy doors. You can pull up–or print out–a map of the downtown area where all the…

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Sharks

We went to see Jaws at the Alabama Theater last week,  and I did a little shark-themed dinner beforehand. (Couldn’t find actual shark meat.) Here’s a reasonably inoffensive shark watermelon and a highly offensive body-part cupcake.    

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A Sudden Snow

It’s not that crazy for Birmingham to get snow, but I don’t remember it ever coming along totally unexpected. That’s what happened today–the snow and ice were supposed to hit further south, but instead we had an inch or so on the ground in under an hour this morning. Now there are endless cars stuck…

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