time capsule book


Yesterday I received this wonderful gift from @ajttk
thank you so much tony <3 hugs :)

@maggieumber your drawings and paintings have so much movement in them, they look so, alive. I love the animal figures, but also the essence of the surroundings in Sound of Snow Falling.
Thank you for sharing your work with us, online. You are not only a great painter/illustrator.. You are an amazing story teller as well. hugs <3


NPR alumnus Bilal Qureshi sent these photos from his prolonged adventure in India. I’ll let him tell the backstory:

The Mahmudabad Palace in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, belongs to one of the erstwhile royal families of India. As the government determines the building’s future in a pending Supreme Court decision, its rooms sit abandoned and unused. Those rooms include a sprawling library filled with shelves of books in various stages of disrepair. The books date back centuries, from British colonial records to literary first editions, and Persian poetry collections to withering maps and lithographs of India before Independence.

That’s one haunting library time capsule.


A Year in Reading Suggestions

Way back in 2010, my organization promoted reading and readers’ advisory service among staff with Reading 12.0:  A Year In Reading.  Full disclosure, I was one of the instigators, and we were inspired by the redoubtable Nancy Pearl. It was fun, and I thought I’d share it in case you thought so too.

I’ll try to remember to post reminders each month. Here’s the full year in case you like to plan ahead, or want to put them in your calendar.

In January, read a book published the same year you were born.
What was the world like the year you were born? Get in a time capsule and read a book that reflects the culture, views, and lifestyle of the era of your birth. Tip: Google search for best seller list [year].
In February, read a book recommended on a blog.
Check out any book blog out there and see why that book was worth talking about.
In March, read a book that has been made into a movie.
Here’s your chance to judge a book by its movie! Find out which of your favorite scenes from a book ended up on the cutting room floor and which made it to the silver screen.
In April, REread your favorite book from childhood.
What book kept you up late into the night, reading under your covers with a flashlight because you just couldn’t put it down? Reread that beloved tome and be young again.
In May, read a book from another country.
Some of the greatest literary achievements are works that have been written far and away from the USA. Eat locally, read globally.
In June, read that classic you never read.
Most of us have a classic novel that haunts us because we never got through it. Maybe you got away with reading the CliffsNotes or watching the movie so you could pass a quiz, but now’s your chance to finally read the whole thing.
In July, read a book you found on NoveList or Fiction Connection (or GoodReads or LibraryThing).
Log in and see what new book you can discover using these valuable reading tools.
In August, read a genre or format you don’t usually read.
Do you avoid graphic novels, audio books, or any genre, like the plague? Pick up a book that is completely different from what you normally read and find out if it is worse (or better!) than you thought.

In September, read a book from an opposing viewpoint.
Everyone is entitled to an opinion, so read a book whose author has one totally different from yours. That’s intellectual freedom in action!

In October, read a selection from a local book club.
Check out what your neighbors are reading and discussing over cookies and coffee. 

In November, read an award winner.
Books win awards for a reason—usually because they are great. Check out a book that won the top prize in any of a number of national or international book awards.

In December, read someone else’s favorite book.
Your best friend, your neighbor, your child, your chiropractor. Ask somebody you know to identify their favorite book and then pick it up to find out why they love it.

Happy reading!


Raighne and I saw a pileated woodpecker in our backyard last week. It was visiting the Kentucky Coffee Tree. Before I could get a good pic it flew into the maple. Can you see it?

I have been gathering final blurbs and the foreword for my next book ‘Sound of Snow Falling’.  It is a documentary-style, wordless graphic novel about a winter in the lives of a family of great horned owls. Advanced copies will available at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD in Sept 2016. Then we will do a Kickstarter for it and the rest of the Winter Collection books in November. Publication date for distribution in bookstores is December 2016.

The Spring Collection is 15% funded. My book, Time Capsule, can be ordered with with the Spring Collection. Just choose the rewards MIX & MATCH, 3 SEASONS, or 4 SEASONS and request the Fall Collection. The Fall Collection is in limited supply btw! 

Okay, but take that wedding rhyme and apply it to otp prompts:

  • something old: used book store, antique shop, garage sale, thrift shop, dumpster diving, memory box, photo album, time capsule, old sketch book, etc
  • something new: waiting in line for the new iphone, first time in the city, first time in love, a baby/pregnancy, grand opening, new school, meeting offline for the first time, etc
  • something borrowed: library au, sharing notes for class, “i spilled coffee on you please take my sweater to cover up the stain”, Studio Killer’s Jenny style (”using your shirt as a pillow case”), walking away from kisses with the other’s gum, borrowing clothes, etc
  • something blue: sky, beach, aquarium, getting sick, being cold, the perfect dress, matching class rings, loose threads, bed sheets, etc

Make it a collection, or try to use all 4 prompts together.

Today I brought this book in from home.  It is a first edition from one of my favorite authors.  A former student came to me last week to ask if she could borrow my copy because she is reading all of Kingsolver’s books for an author study. 

I am a bit particular about lending my personal books (classroom books are completely different), but I did lend this copy out once to a student and her mother because they both wanted to read it–adorable. They left a boarding pass in my book.  It reminds me of them and that makes me happy.  

I have issued a challenge to the next student borrowing this book.  She is to leave something in my book that will remind me of her.  I think I am going to makes this a rule whenever anyone borrows a book.  Every book can become a time capsule.