Every move you make, every breath you take, I’ll be watching you.

It’s a great lyric from “The Police” and I could image it coming from some creepy villain in a movie as he whispers it over the phone to his next young teenage victim. It’s a little hard to hear from your government. The Washington Post reported that the Obama administration, the same friendly looking guy …

“Huckleberry Finn” or “Huckleberry dorsal appendage that is found on non fish like creature (Finn).”

This year, Mark Twain scholar Alan Gribben partnered with publisher New South books to release a new, sanitized version of Huckleberry Finn. In this whitewashed version he has remove the N-word and Injun. His rational is that the work becomes eminently more teachable and that these words are negatively charged. Alan Gribben, in my opinion, …

An interview with Helen Frost author of “Keesha’s House”

Kay and I have just finished our latest project. It is part of the “Conversati0n Series” we started a number of years ago. This time we had the opportunity to interview the author Helen Frost. Helen won the Printz award for “Keesha’s House”. She is a wonderful writer and I am so grateful for the …

Not a Fan

Not a Fan I was once a fan of a company called “Nocast”. They provided cable, Internet and phone services and I loved them for about 20 years. I was a fan. Now I have moved to a new house and another company, let’s call it “Zontier”, offered me a great no-contract deal so I …

Creating Book Talks and Book Trailers for Libraries

Creating Book Talks and Book Trailers Just as movies advertise and promote the latest and greatest upcoming releases, you too can create and promote books by creating a book trailer. These are similar to a movie trailer and are designed to catch the viewers’ attention and spark an interest. “Coming to a nightstand near you!” …

The Code: A path to becoming organized.

embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt We have a similar code in the IT office. 1. ID’s and passwords are always stored in the same place so everyone can have access and it never moves. 2. The label maker has a home and is always and I mean always returns to that home. 3. If you …

Converting ideas into action.

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” -Ray Kroc I love this quote. I …

It is easier to kill than to create

We probably all feel that we spent too much time in meetings, especially the death march meeting that trundles onward to its inevitable demise. Meetings for me are an abattoir for the mind. They are where good ideas make their final stand before they are euthanized by collective groupthink. I think that any group of …