The End

I recently published my first edited book,  Labor of Love: A Literary Mama Staff Anthology ,  with  Small Harbor Publishing . It's an anthology of writing from  Literary Mama  staff over the past 20 years. It's a beautiful collection and I am proud of the writers and proud to share the book.  It seems a fitting moment, as I pondered sharing about the book here on the blog, to reflect on my life as a blogger, and acknowledge that it is time to officially end this blog.   I started blogging in about 2007, when my baby was learning to toddle, when I was learning how to be a mother and stepmother, when I was just starting to see my way as a writer. I needed it back then. I craved it. I had a variety of blog iterations--family, art, creativity, writing things I delved into. There's a freedom in blogging, a casualness, an easy familiarity that's lacking (for me anyway) in other kinds of writing. I loved blogging and the words came pouring out.  Over the years since then, some

Every Autumn Comes the Bear

Bears, both the cartoonish, cuddly, storybook types, and the real thing always inspire kids.  Personally, I go for the real thing myself.  And thus appreciate Every Autumn Comes the Bear, by Jim Arnosky.  This is a simple, beautiful, natural history picture book.  The illustrations are colorful and accurate.  And the words are not rhyming and written in that very clear picture book kind of way. 

As you follow the bear through his autumn escapades you get to know him a little more, and understand life in the forest.  I like that. And I like this book, though it is a bit old school.  (Published in 1993.)  However, as you read this concise story, you come to realize that the life of a bear, accompanied by great art, never stops inspiring.

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