Category Archive: holiday

Holiday Blogging Break

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December is a month of celebrations and a chance for the co-authors to take a brief blogging break as we turn our focus to our families during the rest of December. The rest and reflection always helps us start the new year with a renewed sense of passion and purpose.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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On behalf of the co-author team, I’d like to thank you for your dedication to the writers you teach. As the eight of us know, the work of a teacher of writers is… Continue reading

Valentine’s Day Writing + a Book Giveaway

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Valentine’s Day is on Friday! Consider doing a read aloud to inspire your students to write poems, comic books, or short stories they can give to a special friend or close family member in lieu of a box of chocolates. Here are five books that will inspire primary, upper elementary, and middle school writers to craft writing that expresses heartfelt emotions.

Gifts to Inspire Young Writers + Giveaways

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Nurture a child’s interest and talent for writing this holiday season with one of these items. Look for a chance to win one of these five items by reading the giveaway information at the bottom of this blog post.

Be more than busy. Be productive. Be happy.

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Seven tips to help you get and stay more productive during the holiday season and all year long.

Gratitude List

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Oops…I was supposed to post this yesterday. Oh well, here we go… Gratitudes Dirty Dishes. I cook for my family. We eat together. Again and again. So I smile as I wash and… Continue reading

Shana Tova

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Rosh Hashanah, which literally means “head of the year,” marks the beginning of a new Jewish year. The year 5773 begins tonight at sundown. Ten days after Rosh Hashanah is Yom Kippur. This… Continue reading

Merry Christmas

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Around our house we’ve been preparing for Christmas. For weeks we have been celebrating advent, keeping our eyes on the meanings of this holy season. We named our four advent candles: kindness, respect,… Continue reading

My Latest Writing Project: A Blessing

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Yesterday I read an incredible blog post by Edgar M. Bronfman in The Washington Post‘s “On Faith” section.  I believe Bronfman’s article, “Create a holy Hanukkah,” was penned with the sole purpose to… Continue reading

Happy Chanukah + a Book Giveaway

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There are no shortage of books on Chanukah.  Despite the fact that Chanukah is not one of the major Jewish holidays, there are lots of books, some of which aren’t so good, written… Continue reading

The Carpenter’s Gift + A Giveaway

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Every year, just before December sets in, I ask the publishers who are kind enough to send review copies to me for books about Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanza so I can inform readers… Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving

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I love Thanksgiving, mostly because it rolls into the Christmas season. My life as a writer changes during these weeks of the year. I shift my focus to documenting the season and my… Continue reading

Happy 4th + {Discover. Play. Build.}

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To anyone celebrating today, we hope you are enjoying all of the good stuff of Independence Day: Watermelon, grilled meals, corn on the cob, and the blessings of freedom. The {Discover. Play. Build.}… Continue reading

Remembering Today

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Last year Stacey wrote this post in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Observation. I encourage you to check it out today.

2010 Draws to a Close Today

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I’ve had quite a year professionally and personally.  As many readers of this blog know, 2010 was the year Ruth and I published our book, Day by Day.  However, what you may not… Continue reading

Baseball & Two December Holidays

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Family.  Friendship.  Generosity.  The great American pastime.  Interracial and interfaith friendships.  All of these topics are woven together artfully by Sharon Robinson in a new book, Jackie’s Gift.  This is a true story… Continue reading

The Eve of the Eve of the . . .

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Hannah, my oldest daughter woke up this morning and said: Today is the eve of the eve of Christmas eve. I paused and counted the days back from Friday, smiled and said, “Yes,… Continue reading

Bilingual Christmas Story + A Giveaway

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I’ve been looking for a good story about Christmas to share for quite a few weeks.  Most of the books I’ve received were either too religious for use in public school classrooms or… Continue reading

Needs vs. Wants + 2 Book Giveaways

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Every morning I receive an e-mail from Zulily.com, which entices me with products for my baby, who is supposed to arrive early next month.  Zulily always has fantastic merchandise (e.g., clothes, toys, accessories)… Continue reading

Chanukah Poems + A Book Giveaway

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As a practicing Jew, I’m a little perplexed about the popularity of Chanukah.  Chanukah is a minor holiday.  It doesn’t have the same religious significance as Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Passover, and… Continue reading