2007 Newbery and Caldecott winners announced

originally posted February 1, 2007
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The American Library Association (ALA) has announced its annual award winners and runners-up for 2007. The anticipated announcements came on January 22 at the association’s mid-winter conference.

Winner of this year’s John Newbery Medal (for outstanding writing in  … continue reading

In memory of Art Buchwald . . .

originally posted January 22, 2007
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As an author, editor, educator, and personal historian, I couldn’t not mention the passing of Art Buchwald over the past weekend. I encourage you to venture to this page of NPR’s Web site and read about his life and how he faced his  … continue reading

Thoughts on Freedom Writers (the movie)

originally posted January 22, 2007
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In this week’s (January 22, 2007) Newsweek, “The Last Word” columnist Anna Quindlen discusses some underlying themes of the new movie Freedom Writers and wonders how society lost a therapy that “[made] pain tolerable, confusion clearer and the self stronger.” She doesn’t go  … continue reading

The new English “dialect”

originally posted January 18, 2007
reformatted with no revisions in May 2021

From today’s (January 18) Nashville Tennessean comes this article about a new English “dialect”—so new, in fact, that it still doesn’t have a proper, technical name. The author of the article, staff writer Jaime Sarrio, calls it “text speak” or “Web slanguage” or  … continue reading