Creative nonfiction is the fastest growing genre in children’s publishing. Simply put, it is non-fiction that reads like fiction. Although everything is factual and actual, these books neither look nor read like a textbook. Instead, you’ll find expressive, colorful—even lyrical— language employed. These stories feature a strong protagonist, interesting settings and an exciting narrative arc. The accompanying art is just as good as anything you’ll find in a fiction book. Continue reading
Category Archives: cooking
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 blogging journey…You’re all grand in my book! Continue reading
Other than reading together, what activity can you do with children that creates memories, strengthens bonds and is fun and rewarding? Well…actually, quite a few. But there’s only one that produces a—hopefully—delicious result: cooking! And although any time of year is great for whipping up something delightful in the kitchen—hey, we always gotta eat—winter is particularly inviting. Continue reading
My arsenal of Thanksgiving appetizers is a rotating one—some years may feature a black olive tapenade, goat cheese drizzled with orange blossom honey or a triple crème cheese covered with roasted garlic onion jam. But one item remains constant: my mother’s sweet and sour meatballs. As family and friends arrive, they are offered a glass mug of these mouthwatering meatballs ladled from a simmering pot on the stove. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
Collaboration is a wonderful concept. It involves harmonious cooperation and joint contributions and mutual engagement—in other words, you’re working together. Collaboration is desirable when it comes to a doctor/patient relationship, co-parenting, and passing new legislation, among other things. Continue reading
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 each other. Be as creative as you like in how you celebrate, but I recommend that you let the usual suspects know that this special day is soon approaching. Continue reading