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Hachiko: A story of loyalty and devotion - Guest blog by Lesléa Newman

Lesléa with Nico, an Akita who looks very much like Hachiko.
Lesléa Newman is the author of 60 books including A Letter to Harvey Milk, Nobody's Mother, Hachiko Waits, Write from the Heart, The Boy Who Cried Fabulous, The Best Cat in the World, and Heather Has Two Mommies. She is a faculty mentor at Spalding University’s brief residency MFA in Writing program.

Sometimes, as my friend Patricia MacLachlan, author of Sarah, Plain and Tall, likes to say, if a writer is very lucky, a story comes along and taps her on the shoulder.
On day I felt a tap and turned around. I saw a paw. A very large paw. It belonged to Hachiko, the most  Read More 
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Sunday afternoon at the general store

The drum beat of my writing life, the members of the Great Darkness, read our hearts out at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield, Massachusetts. You never know if people will show up on a warm Sunday afternoon just to hear us read, but they did, in a crush of feel-good vibes. Most of us  Read More 
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How Not to Write all Day

First, I read a small news article about dryer lint, in which a reporter tested a product that alleged to suck link out of inaccessible places in the dryer and how important this was because dryers catch on fire due to a build-up of lint. So I have a choice of writing, or going  Read More 
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Pentre Ifan

The German translation of Now & Then has just been published, which is not a surprise to me since I knew it was coming. But the cover? Now that was a surprise. I was expecting the cover that I had seen about nine months ago. It had been a lovely cover that captured the magic  Read More 
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Guest Blog by Donna Friess, Ph.D , The Magical Classroom: 6th Graders Who Won’t Leave and Two Big Dogs

“Foster” by Donna Friess
Donna L. Friess, PhD is an author, professor, life coach and a fan of service dogs that teach young children to read. She is my guest this month and I’m glad she’s here. Donna is also an artist, as you can see by the sensitive portrait of Foster the dog. Please check  Read More 
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Funny Movies for Joey

I asked my friends on Facebook to name their funniest movies so that I could make a list and send it to a friend who is recovering from spinal surgery. I know I could find a list of comedies nicely compiled somewhere out there in internet land, but I wanted personal recommendations. And people  Read More 
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Traveling in China

A day at the temple
Stay tuned for a travel essay about China. With a background in Anthropology and Psychology, my interests tend toward the social and micro-level. I'm fascinated that an entire country can conquer toilet training by age 12-18 months (although it's more complicated than that). And I never would have imagined the level of fashion that  Read More 
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Hemingway Played Poker Here

Mint Bar in Sheridan, Wyoming
This is the Mint Bar in Sheridan, Wyoming. Hemingway had a hard time finishing “A Farewell to Arms” while he was in Wyoming. Local folklore says that Hemingway spent more than a few evenings in The Mint Bar playing poker until he finally headed up into the Bighorn Mountains and stopped procrastinating. Not that  Read More 
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Jentel Arts

One month at the Jentel Arts Colony in Wyoming was just not long enough for me, but I made the best of it. My schedule was the same everyday. I wrote from morning until dusk. At dusk I walked on dirt road that ran down the center of the valley. The herds of pronghorned  Read More 
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Painters and Photographers and Writers, oh my!

I spent one month at Jentel Arts Residency in Banner Wyoming. I had been to one other art colony and it had been for writers only, so I didn't know what to expect with two writers, two painters, and two photographers. The result was a strange mathematical equation where 2 plus 2 plus 2 equals at least  Read More 
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