14 Apr 2014 | 11 Comments | Insects etc. »

A ghost of everyone’s summer dreams,
a firefly waits out the last traces of winter.


A firefly waits out the last traces of winter

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Firefly | Lampyridae | Photinus pyralis

8 Apr 2014 | 10 Comments | Birds »

Waking the sky from its sleep,
a songbird flees the empire of clouds.


A songbird flees the empire of clouds

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Sparrow | Passer domesticus

31 Mar 2014 | 11 Comments | Insects etc. »

Honey bees addicted to moving faster and faster,
the smallest amusement park ride
is loud enough to wake the entire garden.


Honey bees addicted to speed

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Honey bee | Apis mellifera

25 Mar 2014 | 2 Comments | Insects etc. »

Snowing today, but I’m hearing rumors of Spring.
Several insect eggs in a white pine are left to glow
in the sun after hatching.


Several insect eggs in a white pine are left to glow<br />
 in the sun after hatching

19 Mar 2014 | 3 Comments | Books | Art | Misc »

Four months, 14 books, 51 teams, 241 young readers …

The Orion Township Public Library Battle of the Books was definitely epic. The high school’s auditorium was Standing Room Only, filled with beaming parents and the teams of kids in amazing and creative costumes, all there to celebrate reading, and the great fun (and great effort) involved in winning the Battle.

Even the team’s names were creative and fun: Onomatopoeic Owls, Rapunzel’s Readers, The Native Nerds, Duct Tape Divas, The Lone Readers, The Neon Mustaches.

The kids’ questions during my presentation were spot-on, and we were able to chat one-on-one afterward, during the STEP GENTLY OUT signing. Many thanks to Kristen and Deb, everyone who worked on the Battle, and all the young readers!

At the end, I received a wonderful souvenir book, filled with messages to me from the kids:
Battle of the Books 2014 souvenir book