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“When spiderwebs unite, they can tie up a lion.” — Ethiopian proverb Oh-ho-ho, awesome books, just in time for the holidays… “My Favorite Pets: by Gus W. for Ms. Smolinski’s Class” (Random House Children’s Books, written by Jeanne Birdsall (“The Penderwicks”), illu

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New releases, even! And one classic, from 1987, by my hero, Marge Piercy. “Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love & Writing” (Atria Books, 2016, 402 pages, $27.) Great memoir. I’ve liked Jennifer Weiner’s books since her first release came out. She’s fun, and funny, and I appreciate that s

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Patricia Polacco, I love you so dearly. I love you like an auntie, a friend, a sweet neighbor. And one of my favorite children’s authors ever. Even though we’ve never met, I know you. Thanks for that! This newest book, “The Mermaid’s Purse,” is going on my list of top five Polacco favorites (ot

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(Photo by Steve Rawley) Reviewed today: “You Will Not Have My Hate” by Antoine Leiris Say it over and over again, and mean it: You will not have my hate. Say it even when you don’t want to say it. Say it even when you don’t mean it. you will not have my hate you [...]

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“I Don’t Want to Be Big,” by Dev Petty, illustrated by Mike Boldt, is the sequel to “I Don’t Want to Be a Frog.” (Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 2016, ages 3-7, $16.99, 32 pages.) Oh, this frog. He doesn’t need to get big, see? Not when his dad can carry him places, and his [...

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* “Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille,” by Jen Bryant, with illustrations by Boris Kulikow, is a fantastic biography of a super-cool inventor. (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2016, ages 4-8 (and up) 40 pages, $17.99.) Braille lost his sight at age 5 due to an accident in his father’s leathe

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* The Skippyjon Jones series was always popular with my students. The Spanglish bugged me at first, I thought it was a little much… (“Then, using his very best Spanish accent, he added, “My ears are too beeg for my head, and my head won’t fit into my bed…”) but the kids responded to it, [

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(Photo by Steve Rawley) Denver, when it’s snowing. Crazy, cuz it’s almost April, dudes. This one is from my friend Kimi, because the girl knows how to cook! Black Beans & Polenta, a la Kimi “Cheap, healthy, fast and easy. Always organic.” Black beans, fresh squeezed orange, chopped jalapeno and

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(Photo by Steve Rawley) And what’s on the nightstand this week? I’m going with bullet points, because it’s a big stack. * “The Accursed,” Joyce Carol Oates. I love Oates, which I guess explains why it’s taken me a couple of years or so to get through this book (I bought it when it was [..

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(Photo by Steve Rawley) “Harry Potter: The Character Vault,” Jody Revenson’s astounding encyclopedia (Harper Design, 2015, $45, 207 pages), was a holiday gift to my children from their loving grandmother. Then I had to steal it from them because oh, it is so fantastic, this book. You know when a book isn&#

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(Photo by Steve Rawley) Bon appetit, babies! – wm Lemon Ricotta Poppyseed Pancakes This is a great one, borrowed from Martha Stewart. Perfect for spring brunch. Ingredients 3/4 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar Pinch of coarse salt 1 cup fresh ricotta cheese, plus more for se

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(Photo by Steve Rawley) Ally Condie (“Atlantia” and the “Matched” trilogy) is a new author to me and I’m thrilled to have found her. I was sent a review copy of “Summerlost,” and what luck it was sent my way. Beautiful book, characters, setting, writing. All good. Our heroine, 12-ye

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Pretty picture of Mt. Hood for you, by one Steve Rawley Best Banana-Coconut Bread Ever 1 3/4 cups flour a little less than 2/3 cup honey 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup mashed ripe banana (2 to 3 medium) 1 tablespoon [...]

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“Brown Girl, Brownstones” (Paule Marshall) “Desperate Characters” (Paula Fox) “The Fortress of Solitude” (Jonathan Lethen)

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(Photo by Steve Rawley) going through the paperwork, shredding, recycling and filing. found four! book lists, so here they are, combined into one. happy reading, babies! – wm ps this is my 2,144th blog post. Huh! anything by Carol Shields “Notes from the Country Club” Kim Wozencraft “Henry & Cla

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I kind of love reviewing kids’ books. I do. I don’t know how I was lucky enough to land this gig, but I like it, my friends. First up today: “Mr. Hare’s Big Secret,” (2015, Doubleday Books for Young Readers, unpaged, $16.99) a new title from Hannah Dale, is a darling book. (Reminds me very [...

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Those of you who are new to cooking with me, welcome. Those of you who’ve been here before… you know how I am. Bon appetit, babies! Slow-Cooker Moroccan Lentil Soup (originally from EatingWell magazine) Ingredients: 2 cups chopped onions 2 cups chopped carrots 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons extra-virgin oli

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Let’s start first with a nap. My ma gave me a copy of “Cat Naps: The Key to Contentment” for Christmas. (Sellers Publishing, Inc., 127 pages.) She’s always telling me to take a break and this was a clever way for her to get the point across. She’s right, I do need a nap. This [...]

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We have these occupiers protesting in our fine, fair state of Oregon, West Coast, USA. They have a list of demands. Enough about them. Here is my list of demands: 1) I want the Fremont Bridge to be imploded. Now. Like, this weekend would be good. It’s old, it’s ugly, and I have my reasons. [...]

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Steve & I had to do a major smackdown of Krista Swan awhile back. We had to. She’s a friend of child rapist Neil Goldschmidt, and was trying to rally support for him. No. No, no, no, no, no. So when I saw that the Oregon Zoo has decided to raise the (already too high) [...]

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This sweet little journal, “Q&A a Day for Moms,” showed up for review. (Potter Style, 2015, $16.95, unpaged.) It’s a five-year journal, with “365 questions and 1,825 answers.” Well, good. Ex: January 11: When was the last time you were at the library? I like it already. Great gift for any

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Funke is a cool, talented illustrator and author — the kids really respond to her work. When it comes to certain authors, readers (of all ages) just grab them up and claim them as “theirs.” It’s kind of funny. Funke is one of those. Ah, that territorial feeling you get over a certain book or [...]

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(Photo by Steve Rawley) THE SECOND COMING Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while t

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(Photo by Steve Rawley) poem of the day “There But For the Grace” by Wislawa Szymborska “It could have happened. It had to happen. It happened sooner. Later. Nearer. Farther. It happened not to you. You survived because you were the first. You survived because you were the last. Because you were alone. Bec

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