advocacy/volunteering

Happy Blogoversary!

Grandbooking Turns 1! Sending gratitude and a virtual slice of cake to my followers, supporters, readers, commenters, lurkers, sharers, retweeters and friends. You know who you are. Welcome, if this is the first time you’ve visited. Thanks to the loyal and the curious in 55 countries strewn around the world. You’ve all been part of my… Read more »

Imagine a World Where Everyone Can Read…

LitWorld’s World Read Aloud Day, which was established to raise awareness about the importance of literacy, is coming up March 5 and has been on my mind. How serendipitous to come across a video—actually, a commercial—that is essentially about the transformative power of literacy.

World Read Aloud Day and the Kid Lit Blog Hop

World Read Aloud Day, always held on the first Wednesday of March, falls on the 5th this year. Last year more than one million people participated in this movement established by LitWorld, a wonderful non-profit organization that celebrates the power of word and story and promotes global literacy through their many worthwhile campaigns.

A Picture Book Tells A Holocaust Story: The Tattered Prayer Book

  The Tattered Prayer Book came across my desk a few months ago, and I found it poignant and well done; however, I got caught up with some other blogging ideas percolating in my brain and never got around to writing about this powerful picture book. Today, I’d like to correct that.

Hillary…A Woman of Valor

Last week, I had the privilege of attending a benefit luncheon at which the former Secretary of State and former U.S. Senator from New York was the featured guest speaker. As the purpose of this occasion was to raise funds for charitable purposes, rather than political ones, no press was allowed inside the room (and… Read more »

Desperately Seeking Female Role Models

As Halloween approaches, the topic of costumes is being discussed, particularly in households with children. Earlier this month, in an unrelated gesture, my son forwarded an interesting post to me focusing on female role models for young girls. Photographer and mom, Jaime Moore had come up with a unique and empowering way to document her daughter Emma’s… Read more »

Stand Up For Girls

The last few days have been beautiful, fall days—the kind of days that seem like a gift and appear to bolster the mood of almost everyone you encounter. I meant to write a post yesterday in honor of October 11, the International Day of the Girl, but instead I allowed myself to be lured into… Read more »

Curt’s Café: Serving up Hope and Opportunity

Imagine creating a warm, welcoming space and filling it with fresh-brewed coffee, tempting pastries, healthy meals, music, art and community. Add to that mix a mission to help at-risk teenagers and young adults develop discipline and find a direction in life. I found all that—and more—when I visited Curt’s Cafe.

Of Books, Women and Prisons

This summer, at my daughter’s suggestion, I started watching Orange is the New Black on Netflix. Pretty soon, I was hooked and binge-watched the entire season over the course of a few days. I was intrigued even further when I found out that this show about life in a woman’s prison is based on the true account… Read more »

Have a Grand Day: September 8

Do you know that the first Sunday after Labor Day is National Grandparents Day? This special day is meant to celebrate the important bonds between grandparents and grandchildren. You can mark this day in whichever way suits your family best. Grandparents might give and/or receive presents. You might gather for a festive meal or make cards for… Read more »