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A little girl made my day Saturday.

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Saturday morning I was in Lowes and in a hurry to get home for the start of the Penn State football game. As I was walking out of Lowes I got a text message and stopped to answer it when a little girl came up to me and said she remembered three years ago when I came to her school to talk about Foxy’s Tale. She told me how much she liked the book then and still reads it from time to time. Her Dad then joined the discussion and told he how much she really likes the book.

I was loving every minute of the conversation and forgot all about the Penn State game. She told me she was now in middle school. We also talked about her third grade teacher, who is a friend of mine. I never got the girl’s name. All day Saturday, I kept thinking how nice it was of her to stop and talk to me about the book.

Then I had an idea. I went to her school’s website and found the email address of her guidance counselor. I kind of described her to the counselor. She was about as short as I was in 6th grade and that was pretty short. I asked the counselor if I dropped off a letter and a Foxy’s Tale tee shirt would she give it to the girl. The counselor told me she would try and find her and give her the letter and shirt. I dropped both off at the school on Monday. Today the counselor emailed me to say after lunch she saw a real short girl walking down the hallway and held up the tee shirt and the girl was really excited. She found her.

Received a nice letter today from friends in Philly.

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Sometimes you never know.

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

I Skyped with a school in New Jersey yesterday. I’ve done a lot of Skype sessions now, and they have all been fun for me and for the kids, I think. Yesterday’s session was not one of those good experiences. They had 5 or 6 classes all in the same room. I didn’t think the session went over very well at all. Then today I received this email from the school.

“The experience for the children was fantastic. The teachers remarked how wonderful that you were with the children. This was the first time that we did SKYPE with an author, but will not be the last. Again, thank you for this wonderful experience.”

My neighbor Jack tells me the same thing. I kind of get tried hearing it after a while.

Saturday was a fun day at Hershey Park.

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Sled dogs took over the chocolate capital of the world Saturday. The Pennsylvania Sled Dog Association put on a number of demonstrations during the day at Hershey Park. The park was packed with families enjoying the rides that were open. Sandy and I were really surprised how many people were there on a rather chilly day. The grandstands were packed for all of the shows.

Just so happens there is a casino and horse track about ten miles from Hershey, Pennsylvania. So after a chilly day outside with the dogs, we decided to hit the all-you-can-eat prime rib and seafood buffet at the casino. I ate way way too much but saved a little room for apple crisp and vanilla ice cream. 

After dinner Sandy decided to try the slot machines.

Sandy wasn’t as lucky as she usually is when she plays the slots, so I am going to have to put in a few more hours this week at Westside Stadium Bar and Grill.

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Here we are in Curtis, Michigan for an Iditarod Teachers’ Conference to talk with teachers about Foxy’s Tale. Two other authors were invited to talk about their books. Should be a fun day. Our hotel was the only one in town.

We had a great breakfast at Stampers, one of the two places in Curtis to eat. Looking forward to Kevin’s famous all you can eat walleye Friday night. Too bad we won’t be here on Sunday for his famous all you can eat fried chicken.

Not looking forward to the 12 hour drive home without Rush on the radio.

Another bookclub enjoying Foxy’s Tale.

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Looking forward to Skyping with these guys in North Carolina next month.

I had to laugh.

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

People are selling used copies of Foxy’s Tale on The cheapest one is 1 cent and the most expensive is $99.99. For $100 you can buy 2 books. What a deal? But wait there’s more. They are selling new copies for seventy and eighty dollars. What am I doing wrong? I wonder how many they have sold at those prices.

Now this is really cool.

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

I received this from some students in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Nice way to end the school year.

Click on triangle to play.

Last Skype session of the school year.

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

I had another good time with 3rd graders in Hilton, NY. Ms Thompson’s class had some great questions, that I have never been asked before.

Foxy gets some LOVE.

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

I think there may be a conspiracy out there in elementary school land. Here are the last three comments I have received from teachers in different parts of the country. They all have used capital letters to spell the word loved and love.

From a teacher in Pennsylvania: We just finished your awesome book Foxy’s Tale . The students and I LOVED it. We couldn’t read it fast enough. They were so excited throughout the story. Of course at the end we wanted more.

From a teacher in New York: My students LOVED your book. What a wonderful story. Every time we had to stop I had lots of whining and complaining – even when we were going out for recess! Amazing.

From a computer lab teacher in Michigan: I want to tell you that the third grade class has been reading your book and they LOVE it!  Their teacher said that they have not been as excited about any other book all year.

What could make me happier you ask? That’s easy, if they all would LOVE to buy a copy of the book.