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jeanne curtin
lover of life . . .
lover of life . . .

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Death of a Blog
I'm dressed in a black, somber mood. Well, no, not really. For this is not a somber occasion. I am stepping away from my blog, at least for now, and stepping toward writing more stories and experiencing more adventures.   Over the years, I've interviewed so...

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Hightlights Foundation Workshop: Writing Off the Page
March 26 -29, 2017 (L to R): Kekla Magoon, Laurie Calkhoven, Nicole Valentine Instructors: Kekla Magoon , Laurie Calkhoven , Nicole Valentine   Driving to the Highlights Foundation barn felt like driving
home. It is now a familiar place. One where I know th...

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3 Entries for Vivian Kirkfield's 50 Precious Words Writing Challenge
Many thanks to Author Vivian Kirkfield for celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday, March 2, with a #50PreciousWords Writing Challenge.  I had so much fun creating one story, I kept going and created three.  THE TREASURE “Treasure! And it’s all mine.” Kaida tucks ...

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Writing Our Lives
By Rebecca Kai Dotlich Illus
by Matthew Cordell THE KNOWING BOOK is a wonderful story about life and living. This
book lends comfort to the usual, the constant. The sky has always
been above you, is above you now, and will always be above you. And then it e...

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The Twelve Daves of December
Susanna Leonard Hill’s The Twelve Days of Christmas! Contest lured me in. How
hard could it be? The challenge turned out to be a laborious climb up a steep and snowy mountain.
But I managed to ponder, push forward, and play my way through, and came up with ...

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Giving Thanks That All Are Welcome
Strictly No Elephants Author: Lisa Mantchev & Illustrator: Taeeun Yoo *As seen on EasternPennPoints Blog (Eastern PA Chapter of SCBWI)* Strictly NoElephants , written by Lisa Mantchev and illustrated by Taeeun Yoo , is a poignant story about friendship an...

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Highlights Foundation Workshop: Perfecting the Picture Book Text
L to R: Anne Marie Pace, Kristy Dempsey, and Kathy Erskine Workshop Leaders and Authors: Kristy Dempsey and Kathy Erskine with Special Guest and Author: Anne Marie Pace I
worried that this, my second Highlights Foundation workshop, would not live up
to my f...

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A Writer's Point of View
At the top! On Sunday, Allen and I went for a
heart-pounding, challenging hike. Or, as one struggling hiker called it,
torture.  About
half-way up the mountainside we took a break to let our hearts catch up, and
eat a snack. As we sat there, a family of...

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Counting Crows Review
    by Kathi Appelt illustrated by Rob Dunlavey I'm not usually a fan of counting books, but the cute cover design and clever title captured my curiosity.  I brought the book home. I've opened it more than one, two, three times. Why? The rhythm and rhyme of...

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There’s a Giraffe in My Soup REVIEW
Author: Ross Burach A little restaurant patron has a BIG problem. He’s got a
giraffe in his soup. And then an alligator, and an elephant, and a . . . The hilarity continues as the waiter tries again and again to serve
up soup to his hungry customer. And the...
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